OKLAHOMA CITY, Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- While it may appear more like drama reserved for the silver screen, use of GPS tracking devices has taken on real-life appeal, both with individuals and corporations large and small. Recently, this fact was magnified in two separate instances with the recent theft and quick recovery of two commercial trucks from two different companies.
Acting in sync with Oklahoma-based US Fleet Tracking's live GPS tracking devices, J&L Oilfield Services, which has nearly 140 trucks, recovered one of their fleet trucks within hours of its reported theft. The vehicle, stolen in Weatherford, Okla. could be seen on the web-based tracking platform traveling hours away in Texas. J&L's dispatcher communicated the live whereabouts of the truck to police, who went straight there, surprising the thief. The truck was back at company headquarters within 48 hours and the thief arrested.
J&L's Service Manager, Hugh Landers, noted that recovering this one vehicle paid for an entire year's use of the tracking service stating, "It's as much as anything about peace of mind. We need to know that our vehicles are available whenever we need them, day or night. With multiple drivers using the same trucks, knowing the vehicles are safe while unattended, and that the right people are behind the wheel is essential for us."
Landers said internal efficiencies at the J&L Oilfield Services have been greatly improved using features of the US Fleet Tracking devices, and in this case the live GPS tracking was the difference-maker.
"We didn't even have the door lock, panic setting or ignition cutoff features activated. Our dispatcher followed the truck's movement online, while he spoke to police," added Landers. "If we'd activated those other features beforehand, that guy in the truck really would have been shocked!"
In another instance, Equipment Technology, Inc., based in Oklahoma City, retrieved its stolen truck, leased in New Mexico, within minutes of noticing it was gone.
Brian Carver, Equipment Technology lease/rental manager, learned of the truck theft and realized this was one of 39 vehicles he had equipped with a US Fleet Tracking GPS device. Communicating with Lee County officials in New Mexico, Brian watched the truck as it tracked on the web-based platform and guided officers to the precise location of the vehicle. Officials went, the vehicle was found undamaged and the $80,000 truck was returned to the customer. The online historical playback report showed where the vehicle had traveled and stops made while on its journey and provided the information necessary to arrest the thieves.
"US Fleet Tracking's devices give me a lot of peace of mind," Carver continued. "Not only from a security standpoint, but they alert me with emails when my long-term lease customers need to perform maintenance. I know we're saving money, but it's more than that. It lets the customer know we're working for them."
Carver has championed the use of US Fleet Tracking's devices to many of his customers for their company-owned vehicles.
"This episode made them believers. They now see the value of these trackers," said Carver.
US Fleet Tracking, located in Oklahoma City, is the leader in live vehicle and asset tracking, providing groundbreaking sub-ten-second live tracking. In addition to expertise in tracking commercial vehicles, the company has provided tracking services to high-profile, large-scale public venues. These include the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, 2012 Republican National Convention, Super Bowls XLI through XLVI, and the 2010 Winter Olympics. For more in-depth details, and to access a live demonstration of US Fleet Tracking's system while in motion, visit http://www.usfleettracking.com.
Sam Sims, APR
SOURCE US Fleet Tracking