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We were at National Heavy Equipment Show 2017

April 18, 2017 - by PinPoint

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PinPoint was at the National Heavy Equipment Show. Met many Heavy equipment professionals who filled the halls of Mississauga’s International Centre, which took place Thursday, Apr 6th and Friday, April 7th.

Record showed 13,000 attendees according to http://www.nhes.ca/, which speaks well of the state of the industry.Special thanks to those who came to visit. We introduced our latest Bluetooth-enabled solution for tracking tasks, assets and people.

We now look forward to the next edition of this show in the spring of 2019; stay tuned to www.NHES.ca for updates.

PinPoint GPS at WWETT Show 2015

February 24, 2015 - by PinPoint

We are participating at WWETT Show 2015!

Please join us the world’s largest annual trade show for environmental service professionals.
The show attracts some 12,000 environmental service professionals and exhibitor personnel from 51 countries.









WWETT Show 2015 Show Info: February 23 – 26, 2015
Indiana Convention Center
100 South Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46225 U.S.A.

Show Hours:
– Monday, February 23: Education Day – 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No Exhibits.
– Tuesday, February 24: Education 8 a.m. to Noon. Exhibits 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
– Wednesday, February 25: Education 8 a.m. to Noon. Exhibits 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
– Thursday, February 26: Exhibits 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

* Times are Eastern Standard Time (EST)

PinPoint GPS Fleet Tracking Journal: Risky Driving Behaviour

September 16, 2013 - by PinPoint

PinPoint Journal By Bob Farrell

Case Study: Customer Identifies Risky Driving Behaviour
Industry: Fire Service Industry

 
Problem/Scenario: Recently, one of our customers used PinPoint’s systems to identify that it had a chronic speeding problem in its driver pool. Many of the drivers were routinely using company vehicles at speeds of 30 kmph over the limit or greater. The most egregious example was a driver that was clocked at speeds in excess of 140 kmph on multiple occasions.

The customer has now implemented several steps to cut down on this risky behavior:
• Utilization of the driver feedback mechanism to warn drivers of excessive speed;
• Email alerts to management of extreme violations so that action may be taken at the time the problem occurs;
• Routine speeding reports to capture data at a detailed and summary level by driver
• Production of speed graphs when needed for counselling purposes.

Results: The program is relatively new (< 2 months old), but has resulted in a 35% reduction in the number of recorded speed violations, and complete elimination of speeds in excess of 128 kmph.

 


 

About The Author: Bob Farrell

Bob is one of the founders of PinPoint. Prior to joining our team, Bob spent over 20 years in large multi-national telecommunications companies such as Nortel Networks, Hyperchip, and Arkipelago Inc. as VP of Finance and Sales in Europe and North America. Since Pinpoint’s inception, Bob has played a key role in building the company’s sales and operations team, and has taken an active role in the company’s work with its equipment partners, customers, and trade organizations such as Landscape Ontario, and the Ontario Road Builders Association (ORBA).

PinPoint GPS Fleet Tracking Journal: Security

September 10, 2013 - by PinPoint

PINPOINT JOURNAL BY Nicole Winstanley

CASE STUDY: Security

INDUSTRY: Shipping

Problem:  This organization was looking for an option to secure and monitor a portable enclosure in a ship yard.  This enclosure would house valuable customer equipment and theft and tampering were major concerns.

 

  • DeWalt MobileLock devices were installed in 2 enclosures;
  • Through the use of sensors, the client was able to monitor any unapproved activity within the enclosure.
  • The client was able to remotely arm and disarm the devices which was very helpful given the varying work schedules.

Result: The client had the peace of mind that their enclosures were secure and they could offer that same reassurance to their customers.


About The Author: Nicole Winstanley 

 

Nicole is a BBA graduate from St. Francis Xavier University.  She spent 13 years in the Telecommunications Industry in both Alberta and Ontario, working for national and multinational companies such as Bell Canada and Ericsson.  She joined PinPoint 3 years ago in the role of Manager, Customer Satisfaction and Retention.

PinPoint GPS Fleet Tracking Journal: Arrival and Departure Times

September 4, 2013 - by PinPoint

PinPoint Journal By Tim Vezina

CASE STUDY: Arrival and Departure Times at customer location
INDUSTRY: Supermarket Floor Maintenance

 

Summary and Problem: The organization has 35 trucks that service a large Supermarket Chain for Floor Maintenance. The contract was requesting reports for arrival times and departure times of the technicians on a monthly basis for each store. To meet this requirement the client installed PinPoint’s G06 Plug and Play solution, and incorporated the utilization of Geofencing of each location. Reports are generated on a daily, weekly and monthly basis to present – Arrival Times, Departure Times, and total time spent at each location.

 

In addition to this the Service Company has been able to implements many other features to generate significant Return:

  • Reduction in engine idling across the fleet
  • Real time location of vehicles provided ability to dispatch the closest technician for emergency service calls
  • The ability to measure that each store had been serviced during the applicable time period, minimizing missed service dates.
  • Employee performance measurements on length of service calls, routes travelled to minimize kilometres, and driver behaviour metrics on speeding, and rough vehicle usage.

Result: Secured an additional term with supermarket chain with presentation of reports from PinPoints system, and generated significantly more internal visibility to day to day fleet operations. Thus generating more management information to make accurate on the fly critical decisions.


About the Author: Tim Vezina

Tim Vezina has over 15 years’ experience in introducing GPS telematics to help grow small business.  He helped bring AVL to Canada in the late 90’s, and has grown with the evolution of the technology.   His passion for telematics, has given him with the ability to easily demonstrate how the collection of fleet field data will achieve huge payback.  Tim has helped more than 300 companies understand how GPS telematics continues to work from day one of installation.   Tim continues to manage more than 150 customers on a day to day basis.

 

PinPoint GPS Fleet Tracking Journal: Accountability and Timecards

August 27, 2013 - by PinPoint

THE PINPOINT JOURNAL BY Aaron Levy

CASE STUDY: Accountability and Timecards
INDUSTRY: Construction

 

Problem: This organization was looking at fleet tracking to better understand time sheets and where there vehicles were as they were dispersed all over the province. They also wanted to see how many km’s were being used for weekend driving and put in place new policies to help reduce fuel costs and increase driver safety.

 

• PinPoint GPS devices were installed in 40+ vehicles
• Rules were set up to inform drivers in vehicle of speeding infractions based on driving in excess of 120/km/h – in-vehicle audible alert driver to decrease speed
• Rules were set up to inform management of weekend driving km’s
• Policies were put in place to adhere to set rules regarding speed and weekend driving
• Daily timesheet reports were sent up and set to accounting and management to ensure timesheet compliance

 

Results: Client achieved 3 positive results: 1) Speeding over 120km/h decreased 50% over 3 months, 2) weekend driving km’s reduced to only employees who worked weekends eliminating personal driving on weekends and 3) timesheet reports help to eliminate lost paper or ineligible writing

 


About the Author: Aaron Levy 

 

PinPoint GPS Fleet Tracking Journal: Integration to Dispatch

August 19, 2013 - by PinPoint

PINPOINT JOURNAL BY Nicole Winstanley

CASE STUDY: Integration to Dispatch

INDUSTRY: HVAC

Problem: This organization currently had a Fleet tracking solution, but had decided it wanted to revamp it’s IT systems and integrate GPS into a new dispatch system. PinPoints GO6 Plug and Play GPS Tracking provides an open integration interface and allowed the customer to connect the two systems with basic integration expertise.

 

  • PinPoint GPS devices were installed in 20 fleet vehicles
  • Minute by minute location was available to dispatch and service managers, and the two systems worked in unison
  • Client was able to quickly assess driver locations,  assign technicians, and provide customers with more accurate information
  • Reporting of driver activities was simplified so that managers could easily identify and make the necessary adjustments

 

Result: The Customer was happy that the new GPS system provided an enhanced feature set, and integrated seamlessly into their new Dispatch System.

 


About The Author: Nicole Winstanley

Nicole is a BBA graduate from St. Francis Xavier University.  She spent 13 years in the Telecommunications Industry in both Alberta and Ontario, working for national and multinational companies such as Bell Canada and Ericsson.  She joined PinPoint 3 years ago in the role of Manager, Customer Satisfaction and Retention.

PinPoint GPS Fleet Tracking Journal: Utility Services Contractor

August 14, 2013 - by PinPoint

PINPOINT JOURNAL BY VINCE ARONE 

CASE STUDY: Safety and Improved Customer Support

INDUSTRY: Utility Services Contractor

 

Problem: This organization was looking at Fleet tracking for some time to provide “visibility” of its high value fleet as well as being able to provide current updates to customers and supervisors of its staff. The client wanted better understanding of its fleets operation and looked to better meet its customers SLA (Service level agreement)

  • PinPoint GPS devices were installed in nearly 100 fleet vehicles;
  • Minute by minute location was available to dispatch and service managers- safety of the drivers and heavy equipment was known at all time
  • The client was able to quickly defend a drivers arrival and departure and satisfy an urgent request
  • Fleet utilization reports were able to determine which vehicles were used most in a given month and better plan for subsequent routing
  • Daily Start and End times were easily provided to supervisors for effective record keeping

Results: Clear visibility of all its drivers; supervisors are able to ensure all drivers return safely from each job

 

 


 


About the Author: Vince Arone

Vince, one of the founders of PinPoint, is a Professional Engineer of Ontario with MBA from Schulich School of Business at York U. Vince has over 15 years of sales and management experience in multi-national telecommunication companies such as Ericsson, Siemens and Lucent. He also spent the last 5 years working within the Telematics industry.
 

 

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