08.11
2018

Doctor Who and Vehicle Tracking

For those of you that consider yourselves Whovians, you already know the last month’s premiere of Doctor Who on the BCC was met with great anticipation. For the first time since the series was originally introduced in 1963, the Doctor — an intergalactic, time traveling, humanoid alien from a distant galaxy, with the ability to skirt death by regenerating into an entirely new entity with a different look and personality, all while retaining many centuries of learned knowledge — regenerated as a female.

During this particularly tumultuous regeneration, the new Doctor was separated from her beloved Tardis, a time machine cleverly disguised as a cobalt-blue, British-style police box. Without potentially diving down a rabbit hole chock-full of spoilers, let’s just say: The path back to the Tardis was long, complicated, and perilous.

Imagine if the Doctor, still a bit out of sorts post-regeneration, had the ability to easily track her Tardis, knowing its exact location, regardless of where — and when — it was. She would have been able to make her way back to her primary mode of transportation and resume her “career” of traveling across the known (and unknown) universe, helping those in need.

At Actsoft, one of our specialties is helping business owners keep track of their vehicles, so there are no unexpected separations that prevent business from resuming as usual. Now, while we can’t claim that our solutions would have been of service to the Doctor — we still haven’t quite nailed down tracking vehicles through space and time … yet — here on Earth, we have you covered.

When you equip your vehicles with one of our tracking devices, you add an additional layer of invisible protection. No matter where you are, you’re always able to see the exact location of each piece that makes up your fleet, in near real-time.

How is this important?

  1. During business hours, you can rest easy knowing that each vehicle is where it should be, whether it’s at a specific job site, en route to the next, or parked at the office. Furthermore, having a detailed record of your vehicles’ locations is essential when it comes to customer service issues such as, say, verifying whether your team made it to a job site at the proper time.
  1. After hours, you’re given peace of mind knowing that, if any vehicle is moved when it isn’t supposed to, an alert can be sent right to your phone. This allows you to confront the issue and rectify it, whether it’s a case of illicit after-hour use by an employee or, worse, a robbery attempt.

With equipment that is, for all intents and purposes, the backbone of your company, you should always want to do anything and everything to make sure it’s properly monitored and taken care of. When you don’t make this a priority, you run the risk of a lot of unnecessary overhead, be it more-frequent maintenance from excessive (unauthorized) use or the need to purchase replacements due to theft … and nobody wants to spend money needlessly.

At the end of the day, the name of the game is protection. And we’re here to protect your fleet, your business, and your bottom line.

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09.02
2018

Tracking a Lost Car in New York City

“Dude … where’s my car?”

I remember muttering those words — and no, I wasn’t referencing the movie, nor was I talking to anyone in particular — the instant I approached the place I was sure I parked my car the day prior, only to be presented with a vehicle that was decidedly not mine.

I was living in Manhattan just after graduating college. The Upper West Side is littered with ample, meter-less parking on the street, but the caveat is you need to constantly move every day or two to accommodate street sweeping, garbage pickup, and the likes. It’s kind of a pain, but hey: free parking.

Anyway, I digress.

The point is: My car was nowhere to be found. I was in a bit of a panic, to say the least. Was it stolen? Had it been towed? The city is chock-full of seemingly contradictory parking signs, so either was a viable option. All I knew for sure was that it was not in the space where I definitely left it. I didn’t know what to do or who to call — Smartphones had yet to make their debut to the world — so I quickly walked back to the apartment I was staying at to figure out my next steps.

Over the course of the next 48 hours, I repeatedly searched databases for towing records and made multiple calls — including to my uncle who was a cop in New Hampshire, where my car was still registered, because clearly he must have had access to some kind of secret car-finding database, right? — but to no avail.

Feeling hopeless, I finally resigned myself to defeat. My car was gone. Barely a month in the city and I was already a victim. So I grabbed my things and started to slowly make my way toward the nearest police department to file a stolen vehicle report. But as I walked, an idea popped into my head; I changed directions, walked another block, and turned the corner. And there it was: my “lost” car. Safely parked in the actual spot I left it a few days prior. Except now its windshield was adorned with several costly parking tickets.

But hey, at least it wasn’t stolen? That counts for something, right?

I know it seems like some big, random tangent, me just prattling on about some gaffe I made more than a decade ago. Truth is, I hadn’t thought about this in quite some time, particularly once the requisite torment from family and friends simmered down. But the memory reared its head again when I started working with Actsoft and began thinking more about scenarios warranting GPS tracking.

I felt such anxiety when I thought my car was gone, and I started to wonder how exacerbated that feeling would be for a person in charge of the well-being of a company vehicle, or an entire fleet of them. Comet Fleet devices provide such a profound peace of mind; the ability to accurately track your property in the event of a theft means you can rest easy, knowing your investments are protected.

Beyond just tracking after the fact, there are alerts you can set up so that, if your vehicles are moved from designated locations, during times when they shouldn’t be, you’ll be immediately alerted. So instead of hours potentially lapsing between the incident and the time you find out, it can be an almost instant notification.

All this is to say: When it comes to keeping your vehicles in check, don’t be me. Don’t let yourself be that person, wandering around aimlessly, losing hope. Know exactly where your assets are at all times and rest easy at night.

Have any questions on how Actsoft can help you?

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