Today, 4/15/15, is the 10th birthday of GPS Insight!
GPS Insight 10 Year Anniversary Logo
I “spun off” GPS Insight from my consulting company as its own legal entity 4/15/2005 after about 6 months of development for a single local fleet customer. I never imagined where the company would be 10 years later. With the economy as difficult as it was, our only option was to grow and innovate, and it has worked out well for our company as well as employees and customers.
Key growth stats:
Key Growth Stats
My wife was nice enough to remember the “birthday” and send these cupcakes to the office, even though a number of us were at NAFA in Orlando:
Cupcakes for all the staff in the Scottsdale office
I can’t thank our customers, employees, vendors, and many friends in the fleet space for helping us to make this milestone a reality. We continue to appreciate the advice, comments, and direction we receive continually, and we always use it to further innovate and develop the GPS Insight fleet tracking product.
THANKS AGAIN, EVERYONE!
We recently added a new icon to the Map Dashlet to show when a vehicle is overdue for service (for whatever you have set in the Maintenance Module).
By default the new icon is hidden. Enable the new maintenance icon by toggling it on here:
New Maintenance Icon for Overdue Service
Now you can easily identify which vehicles are overdue for service because they will have the added wrench symbol overlaid on the icon:
New Wrench Icon Overlaid on Vehicle Icon
You can also see that service is overdue by clicking on the vehicle icon or by running a Service Reminders Report:
Click on Vehicle Icon to Display More Info
Sample Scheduled Service Report
This new feature was based on a customer request. We are always looking for feedback from our customers to improve our product and encourage you to share your thoughts on how we can make GPS Insight work better for your business.
We recently released Garmin Custom Forms, which originated as a customer request, in order to help them integrate unique data based on specific business needs with our fleet tracking solution.
Garmin Device Showing Custom Form
Our customers are now able to design and send their own Garmin custom forms through the GPS Insight portal.
Garmin Custom Form Designer
Drivers can easily complete the forms and take the Garmin device from the cab to record data on-the-spot like a handheld device. The management team back in the office is also able to receive form entries wirelessly from drivers using the Garmin device and analyze the data as it is collected.
You can use Garmin custom forms to expedite billing, identify crew members for payroll, track specific inventory, log pre- and post-trip inspections, and anything which may be helpful to your business.
We continually improve our product in order help customers become more efficient and save more money, and hope this will help all current and future customers with their fleet management needs.
Garmin Forms is available as part of our Enterprise GPS Fleet Tracking offering, and there are various reports and API mechanisms to retrieve and utilize the data which drivers send to HQ via Garmin Forms.
GPS Insight was recently recognized as a Best Places to Work by the Phoenix Business Journal. We ranked #2 in the small business category (50-99 employees). This award is based solely on the survey results of GPS Insight employees and their thoughts on benefits and perks, corporate leadership, and more.
We are very proud that our employees feel so positively about working at GPS Insight. Everyone has worked very hard over the years to be recognized for our fleet tracking software, and it’s also a great achievement to be recognized as a top place to work in Phoenix. We have seen that happy employees drive our business forward.
Here is a photo of the official award:
This recognition will certainly help us attract more local talent as we plan to continue to grow across all departments in 2015.
Thanks Employees and Phoenix Business Journal!
This past Friday, GPS Insight competed in the Playworks Arizona 3rd Annual Corporate Kickball Tournament in Tempe, AZ.
Team GPS Insight at the 3rd Annual Arizona Playworks Corporate Kickball Tournament
Here is a fun video one of our employees made at the event:
Team GPS Insight finished the morning rounds with a dominating 3-0 record which earned them a spot in the championship round as the #2 seed. Unfortunately, we lost to EXOS (a 2-time kickball champion). GPS Insight did however earn a 3rd place finish by beating the Arizona Cardinals team in the final playoff bracket.
This was a great team building experience for our employees and also a great way to contribute to a local nonprofit organization. To learn more about Playworks check out their website.
Next year we hope that the 3rd try will get us the gold!
A lot of GPS Insight staff dressed up for Halloween this year. Happy Halloween to everyone!
GPS Insight Halloween Group
GPS Insight Halloween Accounting
GPS Insight Halloween Support
GPS Insight Halloween Sales
GPS Insight Halloween Marketing
GPS Insight Halloween Development
GPS Insight can now dispatch individual stops and/or routes to email addresses associated with vehicles and drivers. The main advantage here, is that drivers can now leverage audible turn-by-turn directions used by the mapping Apps resident on their smart devices (iPhone, iPad, and Android). Here is how it works:
In this example, a company that repairs fuel pumps needs to route one of their service trucks to six local gas stations, a typical day’s work.
First, the Dispatcher will create and/or load an existing route using GPS Insight’s Route Dashlet, just as they would for routing to a Garmin device.
The Dispatcher can preview the optimized route (if selected) in standard Google maps by clicking the “Map This” button.
Next, the Dispatcher will scroll to the desired vehicle in using the “Dispatch Pop-Up” window. Please note that an email address needs to have defined for the driver of that vehicle in Driver Administration. Then just click “Send.”
An email from GPS Insight will be sent to the driver. The driver can then click on the applicable link that will automatically open the appropriate mapping app on their mobile device.
And away he or she goes!
With audible cues, fleets can enjoy a safer and more efficient driving experience. This feature is available to all customers who have access to our Route Dashlet. We have recently revised this dashlet and are now releasing it first to customers who specifically request it, to ensure any feedback they may have is addressed before releasing it to all customers.
We just added a new functionality when setting up scheduled reports that allows you to control whether you receive empty reports with no data or not. Some people like to see positive confirmation that no one was speeding, idling, etc. during a day, but some customers prefer they only see reports come in when there are problems.
This way, the customer can specify for each scheduled report which behavior is chosen when a report would otherwise come through with no data (“To send, or not to send, that is the question”).
New "Don't Send Empty Reports" Feature
If you choose to receive the report every time it’s run, and if it’s empty, it will simply show “No Relevant Data Available.”
Example Report with No Data
This new option allows you to configure scheduled reports how you want.
We recently had a prospective customer who is piloting a couple of our devices ask us to add something to the interface. They wanted us to provide functionality in the dashboard to allow them to notate pending calls or information that everyone could see without having to be in the office. After four days of development and testing, the Whiteboard Dashlet was created and made available for all GPS Insight customers.
New Whiteboard Dashlet
We expanded on the initial idea and made the whiteboard a collaborate real-time documentation/notepad. Users can create multiple public whiteboards to collaborate with anyone on the account:
Example Public Whiteboard
Users can also create private whiteboards and collaborate with anyone on their account that they share the saved whiteboard name with:
Creating New Private Whiteboard
Creating New Private Whiteboard
You can also load private whiteboards created by other users in the same account if you specify the name of the board within the prompt. Authorship colors are shown by default:
Loading Private Whiteboard
There is the ability to “replay” the history of the board so if you need some information which was from earlier, it’s there based on a time slider of the document’s history, and there are other nice capabilities like color-coding for various authors, etc. In a nutshell, it’s a nice addition to the highly customizable dashboard we offer our customers. As always, our customers can drag and drop only the dashlets they need onto the dashboard, and use the product in a fashion which is suited to their exact requirements.
We’re glad to have such an easily adaptable, highly flexible product and architecture, and that this feature only took 4 days to release from inception.