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.
We recently added a new way to visualize your fleet’s stops and idle times by displaying color specific circles on a map – red for stopped, purple for idle.
New Stop Detail and Idle Time Map
Here is the run-down on all the features:
- Click on a vehicle to limit the map view to only stops/idles for that vehicle. The rows on the right for that vehicle will highlight in yellow.
- See all stops/idles on the map again by clicking “display all”.
- Double-click the rows on the right and the map will zoom to that stop and popup more info (clicking on the circles will also popup the same info).
- Use the “Time Range” slider to filter out short or long stops.
- Use the “Scale” slider to adjust the size of the circles on the map. This is helpful if you filter out longer stops and want the circles to be bigger.
- Sort by stop duration or by vehicle.
Stop Detail Popup
To access this new feature, navigate to the Stop Detail and Idle Time Report and click on the “Browser Map” button:
Access Browser Map
We added this feature to help a great customer which had asked for us to help them visualize the “big picture” of where their stops and activity were occurring. If you have any suggestions about this or anything else, please send them to us as we always listen to our customers’ requests and incorporate them into our product as appropriate.
GPS Insight now offers interactive product training courses to help new users quickly come up to speed. These courses provide a guided training experience on the basic features of the GPS Insight portal. Using recorded videos and multiple-choice quiz questions, learners can independently assess how well they meet course objectives and replay topics at their own pace.
Preview of Training Course
Whenever possible, we encourage customers to complete these courses before scheduling a live training session. Having a basic understanding of the GPS Insight toolset allows you to prepare more effective questions for your account representative. Together we can explore the functionality more in-depth and apply the framework to your specific business needs.
You can sign up for training courses through your GPS Insight portal account:
Sign up for Training
*Courses available to you depend on your account permissions.
Here are the currently available courses:
- Course I: Getting Started with GPS Insight. This course is designed for new GPS Insight users. The course provides the skills necessary to navigate the portal and use the dashboard, maps, and reports. Suggested timing is 1 hour.
- Course II: Advanced Setup for GPS Insight. This course is designed for new administrators of the GPS Insight portal. It provides the skills necessary to use the administrative and advanced features of the portal. Suggested timing is 2 hours.
As always, other self-service Help materials and videos are always accessible 24/7/365 from the GPS Insight portal and the online Support wiki.