08.07
2019

What the Cluck? What 37,000 Pounds of Frozen Chickens Can Teach Us

On September 27th, 2014, an Idaho trucking company was missing a truck filled with 37,000 pounds of frozen chickens. The company’s 42-year-old driver, Christopher L. Hall, allegedly abandoned the truck after being refused more money from his employer. Unfortunately, by the time they located the truck at a Montana truck stop, the chicken had already gone south — rotting and oozing liquids.

The chicken: worth $80,000.

The lesson: priceless.

What could the trucking company have done to prevent this loss? One option would have been to give the driver more money and have a potential criminal on their payroll — not to mention someone with little respect for frozen chicken.

The other, wiser option would have been to secure their assets — including both the cargo and the truck. With a simple tracking solution, this chicken situation could have gone a very different way. We provide a robust tracking solution used by thousands of trucks across the country, which would have prevented this loss with simple alerts and reporting tools that cost pennies a day.

For example, management can set perimeters for drivers so that there’s no risk of them taking vehicles out of designated areas. And if they do, an alert is sent to the main office and the GPS-enabled solution will let you know exactly where the truck is. Likewise, if you need to locate a truck, simply pull it up on the map and you can see its location in near real-time.

Another smart option when transporting expensive cargo is Asset Tracking. A discreet GPS-enabled device can easily be hidden anywhere in the shipment, so if it’s lost or stolen you can see where it’s at immediately.

This sort of protection is imperative when you’re dealing with costly equipment and shipments. Not only do you run the risk of losing big money, but you can also damage relationships and ruin a reputation you’ve worked long and hard to establish.

If you’re ready to see what options there are to meet your needs, give us a call today. We’re waiting for you!

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07.23
2019

What Great Leaders Know: Understanding Weakness Leads to Success

From legendary coaches to the best teachers, the strategy is always the same: Understand the team’s weaknesses. It’s easy to identify star players and focus on the moments of glory, but without assessing the big picture, your team will only perform at a fraction of its potential. This is especially true for companies who are dealing with many moving parts, including fleet-based operations who have dozens of drivers spread out across the city, state, or country.

Understanding what seems like minutiae — such as driver behavior, gas usage, and time management — may seem like an impossible undertaking; how can you possibly track all of these activities every day? And the more important question: Is it worth it? The answers are surprisingly simple. With hardware and software solutions from Actsoft, your tracking is automated and reports are automatically compiled and sent to you as often as you need them. And the value is in the numbers. Most companies save thousands each month by monitoring fuel usage and route efficiency.

Actsoft, the maker of a suite of tools for remote management, puts all of the fleet information together on one platform to give our customers the power and knowledge to be able to make key strategic decisions.

With high-performance GPS-tracking devices and software like Encore, you can find the strengths and weaknesses of your entire driving team. Now you can accurately fine-tune performance, cut down on waste, and reduce liability.

Some of the key features include understanding driver behavior. By monitoring various aspects of driving habits — everything from speeding to fast braking — you can get a clear picture of your company’s health in that area. If you have several drivers who are in the habit of speeding and braking late, not only does your accident risk spike but so does your fuel costs and vehicle maintenance.

Likewise, if you have drivers who stay within the pre-set perimeters, stay within speed limits, and don’t idle, you can count that aspect of your business as healthy and a model for other areas. This allows you to re-focus your energy on departments that aren’t functioning as well.

Moreover, a workplace that rewards great performance is one that usually has less turnover and overall better ratings in employee satisfaction.

By using a mobile solution like Encore, which can be accessed on any smart device, you’re taking charge of what happens outside of your office walls. With a wide variety of additional features, you can choose from allowing mobile timekeeping and dispatching, giving you an upper hand on the competition. All this amounts to a healthy fleet that is driving responsibly, generating more revenue, and saving the company big bucks every year.

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07.16
2019

Managing a Construction Worksite with Encore

In any construction operation, it’s critical for the office to know what’s happening at its project locations in near real-time. However, managing workforce safety, asset security, and employee accountability all at once can prove to be a difficult task for supervisors to maintain if the right solutions aren’t being used. Actsoft’s flagship application Encore enables construction companies to get the most out of their operations by helping them better protect their equipment, stay in OSHA compliance, and remain on track with building project timelines. Here are just a few of the useful features Encore can provide to companies looking to enhance the ways they manage their construction worksites:

Intra-Company Messaging

Build stronger communication channels between your managers and construction workers in the field by using Intra-Company Messaging to relay new information on the fly. Desktop-to-handset integration allows your administrators at the office to message multiple employees at once, saving time and resources. Past conversations can also be reviewed for reference if need be, and your team members can relay project statuses or any new materials requests back to the office using this powerful tool.

GPS Tracking and Geofences

Communication between headquartered administrators and your remote teams is certainly valuable, but our solution takes workforce insight a step further than just Intra-Company Messaging. With GPS Tracking and Geofences, you can draw specified digital boundaries around your building sites on Encore’s live view map, see employee and equipment locations, and be notified any time the perimeters are breached by tracked points of interest. Enhance the transparency of your workforce by using this tandem of tools to help ensure tasks are being completed and that employees are at their assigned locations during working hours.

Asset Recovery

Leave the heavy machinery your company needs in the field overnight and monitor it with Encore’s GPS-enabled technology. If one of your tracked assets becomes lost, you can see its position via the solution’s live view map and easily recover it. In addition to helping prevent expensive costs to replace stolen or misplaced equipment, you can use asset tracking to make sure that no tools are being used improperly after working hours have ceased for the day. Encore’s proficiency in improving workforce, asset, and fleet efficiency makes it a powerful companion for any construction business.

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05.15
2019

How Asset Tracking Can Help Recover Stolen Goods

It’s unfortunate, but with the number of products that are moved by trucks daily, fleets have become targets for thieves. Especially for trucks that have highly valuable cargo, it’s essential to have protection against situations similar to what happened to Transvalue, Inc. on I-95 in North Carolina back in 2015.

Armed robbers took more than $4 million in gold from the drivers of Transvalue. After holding up the drivers, the robbers unloaded barrels filled with gold and made their getaway in a separate vehicle. Neither driver was able to get a good look of the burglars, who made off with the gold.

A year later, a suspect was arrested after a friend tipped off the FBI. But by this point, the gold was broken down and sold. However, there is a scenario where police would have been able to recover the stolen gold and return it to Transvalue.

If the containers holding all those valuable assets had tracking devices like the ones we provide, inconspicuously placed in the containers, the thieves would not have gone far. Using the live GPS tracking feature would have allowed Transvalue to communicate with police and track down the criminals almost immediately. It provides a mapped location of every one of your assets at any given time.

It’s sad that crime can be so unrelenting and that Transvalue will never recover the gold, though they are attempting asset seizure of all the lavish purchases the robbers made. Catching criminals like these are a big deterrent that can help stop future crimes from occurring. But the lesson learned here is that it’s important to take every measure possible to keep the safety of cargo in mind. Be glad it wasn’t your company who learned this lesson the hard way and get your assets on track.

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10.18
2018

Superheroes, Assets, and the Benefits of Tracking

In the last couple of weeks, fall premieres began to steadily flood into television sets around the country. After months of agonizing — that may be too strong of a word, but just go with it, okay? — over the futures of beloved characters in the wake of season finale cliffhangers, we’re finally able to move forward with plotlines and find out what happens next. And not a moment too soon.

As a big fan of superhero shows, I was especially excited to see the return of some of my favorites on the CW network, learning what was to become of some of my beloved characters on shows like Supergirl, The Flash, and Arrow.

While each show has its own plotline, they are part of the same universe, allowing for some crossing over, which is always exciting. But another thing that each has in common is that the hero has a loyal team that keeps watch over them from the home base. Thanks to tracking devices and the ability to communicate with each hero instantly, they’re able to monitor, say, Supergirl’s exact location in National City as she’s out and about delivering justice to the bad guys. This ability to track in near real-time helps to make sure our heroes are kept as safe as possible while out in the field and, when something goes wrong, the people back at home are alerted so they can respond accordingly.

When you stop to think about it, this process isn’t all that unlike the way Actsoft helps companies monitor their precious assets. Take, for example, a construction site. More often than not, these types of projects last for months, if not years, and involve a lot of heavy equipment. It’s counterproductive for a crew to have to haul everything to and from the site each day; it would result in a lot of wasted time, which translates to wasted money.

Because of this, that equipment is most often kept at job sites overnight, and oftentimes unguarded. By simply installing one of our asset trackers to your costly equipment, you can rest easy knowing that it’s staying right where it should. In the event that someone attempts to mess with it during off hours, you’ll be sent an alert just like Team Arrow is whenever the man in green is in trouble. These alerts, sent in near real-time, can be all that stands between your equipment’s safety and you being out thousands of dollars due to theft.

What constitutes “messing with” your assets? The versatility of our software allows you to set up those parameters specific to your needs and desires. It could be any movement whatsoever during certain hours. Or you could set alerts to sound if anything leaves your custom geofenced area, no matter the time of day. You’re in complete control, here, so it’s entirely up to you.

Our asset tracking solutions aren’t just limited to construction sites. No matter what type of equipment you have — big or small — and whichever industry you may be in, the ability to see exactly where your valuable gear is at any given time provides the kind of peace of mind any busy business owner would find comforting.

Whether it’s a superhero saving yet another day, a construction crew erecting a new building, or any of the myriad other industries out there, reliable tracking helps you to safeguard what’s most important to you.

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08.29
2018

Industry Spotlight: Actsoft Solutions in Agriculture

Agriculture has remained essential to human existence over the course of history. As society has developed, the process of growing and harvesting crops has become even more efficient than ever before, thanks to developments in technology over time which have helped this particular industry expand in terms of both volume and future potential. Farming is also an industry that’s proving to be more and more crucial as the world’s populace continues to increase. Still, it’s no easy feat to coordinate and provide a constant supply of food internationally.

To help facilitate this vertical’s around-the-clock processes, Actsoft solutions are here to provide practical applications for better operations management. These three features of our business solutions in particular are some of the most crucial for companies in the industry of agriculture, primarily due to their ability to enhance efficiency and keep valuable equipment in the field safe.

Asset Tracking

With Asset Tracking, farming businesses can keep tabs on the positions of important tools such as harvesting equipment and transportation supplies at virtually any time of the day. Collecting and distributing huge portions of crops in today’s age requires the use of heavy machinery to accomplish, and often times that heavy machinery isn’t cheap. Keep your agriculture company’s assets and equipment safeguarded 24/7 by using Asset Tracking to monitor them via GPS technology.

Wireless Forms

As another addition to the repertoire of the modern workforce, Wireless Forms’ applications in farming are frequently underestimated. Use this feature to streamline information flows on a digital scale, and complete documents such as orders, equipment repair forms, and data logs about harvest yields without having to deal with the inconveniences of paper.

Alerts

Alerts are able to add further security to assets by sending automatic notifications to property owners if a piece of equipment is moved without their authorization. In certain cases, Alerts is a feature that can also enable farmers to prolong the lifespan of their vehicular equipment by reminding them whenever routine maintenance needs to be performed. Through intelligent reporting, this capability helps agriculture businesses save on their bottom line by helping to reduce instances of equipment loss, and prevent cases of possible damage from occurring.

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03.19
2018

3 Must-See National Parks in North America

North America is home to some of the most breathtaking national parks in the entire world. Sculpted mountains, idyllic lakes, and diverse flora span as far as the eye can see, drawing in travelers craving a taste of serenity from all around the globe. At locations such as these, feeling awestruck is a routine occurrence, and becoming truly in touch with nature’s sheer tranquility alters perspectives forever. Here are three of our favorite national parks in the entire continent.

1. Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Rising from the misty, snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park is one of Canada’s most valued natural treasures. The park lies west of Calgary, Alberta, and contains bodies of water such as Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, whose crystal blue shades resemble those of a tropical Caribbean shoreline. Complementing these shimmering pools with a backdrop of mountainous, snowy cliffs and lush alpine foliage, Banff truly is one of the most beautiful destinations to visit in the northern hemisphere.

2. Yosemite National Park, California, United States

Yosemite National Park is nestled within California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Here, massive slabs of rock and cascading waterfalls dot the horizon, which is home to a diverse range of wildlife such as coyotes, American black bears, Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, and mountain lions. Nearly 90 different mammal species inhabit Yosemite National Park, and some of the park’s premier landmarks include Mount Dana and Cathedral Rocks. Yosemite’s encompassment of a glacier pairing also allows for its rivers and lakes to constantly be fed with fresh water. Respectively named the Lyell Glacier and the Maclure Glacier, they’re the only two that are still left at Yosemite, and both play an essential role in keeping the surrounding ecosystems healthy.

3. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States

Grand Canyon National Park is situated in northern Arizona, but the entirety of the canyon technically stretches across six states: California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. This massive geological phenomenon is visited by millions of people every year, with each visitor hoping to get a premier glimpse at some of nature’s finest handiwork. The Colorado River slices through the Grand Canyon’s rust red–colored gorge, crafting spectacular views that leave guests speechless from nearly 8,000 feet up. Being one of the most iconic national parks in the world, Grand Canyon National Park is a must-see destination for seasoned travelers and novice voyagers alike.

Resource Conservation Meets 21st Century Efficiency

As some of the most beautiful places on Earth, it’s crucial that our civilization does everything it can to protect these national parks for future generations to enjoy. At Actsoft, we take pride in doing our part to keep habitats clean by equipping companies with practical solutions designed to help them conserve time, money, and natural resources all at once.

Features of our digital solutions such as Wireless Forms eliminate any hassles associated with traditional documents like high annual paper costs, risks in losing vital paperwork, and rising amounts of material waste. The average pine tree produces around 80,500 sheets of paper, and if a business has 250 employees who each individually use around five pieces of paper per business day, that can result in the loss of just over four trees on a yearly basis. After multiplying this number of annually used trees by every single 250-person company in the U.S. alone, it’s easy to see how going wireless can slash costs and natural resource consumption drastically. By transitioning your company’s data onto a single electronic system, simplify your information flows, gain enhanced efficiency, and stand as an industry leader in making our planet a cleaner place to live.

GPS Tracking from Actsoft also allows you to better plan your business vehicles’ routes to and from job sites in the field. Strategically routing company vehicles for the most fuel-efficient and money-saving paths to work locations reduces your fleet’s carbon footprint, while also lessening gasoline expenses.

In next Monday’s blog post, we’ll take a more detailed look at how positively contributing to a cleaner world can save your business time and money. In turn, we’ll demonstrate how specific features of Actsoft solutions can greatly assist companies who are looking to achieve all of these things.

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03.08
2018

How Can I Prevent Expensive Repairs to My Car?

Routine car maintenance is an important thing that a lot of people tend to neglect or forget about altogether. An illumination of the dreaded “Check Engine” light is often times a scary thing for a car owner to see, and they may put off necessary vehicle checkups related to this occurrence out of fear of a potentially large repair bill. What isn’t often realized, however, is that failing to take reparative action in a timely manner could exacerbate the problems, calling for even more expensive repairs later on down the road. To prevent expensive and inconvenient transportation issues like this from happening to you, it’s best to always pay close attention to what messages your car is sending, and in turn give it plenty of preventative maintenance.

How Can I Take Care of My Car?

The importance of routine oil changes for your vehicle cannot be stated enough. According to Firestone Complete Auto Care, a good guideline of how often your oil should be replaced is either about once every three months or once every 3,000 miles driven. By doing this on a regular basis, you can ensure that only clean, proper levels of oil are helping your engine operate, and that as little wear-and-tear as possible is being put on the pistons inside it. Engine repairs are easily able to fetch thousands of dollars in price, so making sure that your motor remains healthy by routinely changing your oil should always be a priority.

Idling is another common practice of many drivers that can wear vehicles down over time. When a car is turned on and subjected to a lengthy standstill, the engine continues to run, burning fuel, expelling carbon monoxide, and in effect having its total lifespan chipped away at. To reduce instances of idling, something as simple as turning your car off every time you’re stuck waiting for a train to pass at a railroad crossing can positively add up over multiple years. While it’s impossible to completely eliminate all instances of idling, maintaining a conscious effort to reduce this practice as much as possible could end up paying off huge in the long run when it comes to the longevity of your car’s lifespan.

In addition to reducing idle times, getting your brakes checked regularly is another way to prevent expensive repairs later on and maintain a vehicle that is safe to drive. Grinding or squealing sounds when slowing your car down should be an immediate sign that there is an issue with your brakes, and that they should be examined at a repair center as quickly as possible. As delaying brake repairs could result in putting both yourself and other drivers on the road in danger, never take your car’s warning signs of a problem lightly.

If you’re in charge of multiple cars, finding a method of managing the maintenance needs of each individual vehicle can pose quite a challenge. Thankfully, Actsoft’s fleet management solutions can provide a way for you to receive instant alerts about when your vehicles are due for an oil change, when a “Check Engine” light in one of your vehicles activates, or when a driver is idling for too long. With our simple but powerful solutions, never feel uncertainty about your fleet’s maintenance schedules ever again.

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