Google Maps Helps Track Truck Fleets - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Infrastructure // PC & Servers
News
5/6/2009
08:18 PM
Connect Directly
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Google Maps Helps Track Truck Fleets

FleetMatics is tying its GPS Vehicle Tracking software into Google's APIs to help companies keep their drivers on the right road.

Though people caught in Google Maps Street View pictures have lamented their lost privacy, that's nothing compared to the scrutiny livery drivers and truckers face.

On Wednesday, Google's enterprise group said that the company's Maps service now works with GPS fleet tracking software offered by FleetMatics.

The FleetMatics GPS Vehicle Tracking Solution lets businesses track their vehicles. And now it works with Google Maps API Premier. This allows businesses to include Google Maps that display the location of corporate vehicles on internal and partner Web sites. Such maps can also include vehicle speed, idle time, mileage, and start/stop times.

In other words, corporate managers now have insight into every doughnut break and wrong turn taken by drivers. No need for bumper stickers asking tailgaters to phone in the answer to the question, "How's My Driving?" Someone at headquarters probably already knows and isn't pleased.

In a statement, Lynda Silvestro, owner of New England limousine service Hoyt Livery, claims to have saved $73,000 in the year after adopting FleetMatics and expresses enthusiasm for the greater control and visibility that she expects a Google Maps interface will bring.

Google Maps API Premier starts at $10,000 per year, modified by page views for externally facing Web sites or by page views and number of vehicles tracked for internally facing sites. It includes a 99.9% uptime service-level agreement and customer support.


Learn about all the latest Enterprise 2.0 technologies at TechWeb's Enterprise 2.0 Conference, Boston, June 22-25. Join us (registration required).

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll