Friday, June 5, 2009

GPS Mapping And Your Business

Author: Tom Gruich
Depending on the kind of business you are in, GPS mapping can be like a dream come true. All of us have certain hurdles in our businesses. Anything that makes getting over them easier is welcome.

Delivery trucks, taxi services, limousine fleets and moving vans are only some of the vehicles that can be equipped. The satellite system can also be used to keep track of equipment and inventory. There’s a lot that you can do with a “Global Positioning System”.

Any company that does not keep up with the latest technology cannot attract the greatest number of today’s customers. People have become accustomed to knowing where everything is at a given moment. They keep track of friends and relatives that live hundreds or thousands of miles away. They expect to be able to do that with a plain brown package, too.

If they place an order online, they want to keep track of it, finding out how close it is to their home. For some customers, it’s just “fun”. For others, it is essential.

If any of your customers are business owners, their profits could be dependent on how quickly their orders are filled. If you are a wholesaler, they probably have retail customers waiting. It could be an essential part for someone’s car or a necessary piece of equipment for a doctor’s office.

Everyone knows that it is smart to plan ahead, but inevitably we all fail at some point to do so. At the very least, GPS mapping takes the guesswork out of package arrival dates. If you ship anything at all to your customers, they will appreciate the extra service.

If you don’t ship products, you can still use the system to help protect your business assets. Any expensive equipment or machinery should be equipped with a tracking device. Receivers are small enough to fit just about anywhere and as time has gone by, they have become more and more affordable.

GPS mapping is particularly advantageous for boating enthusiasts, fisheries, cruise lines and anyone else that spends any time on the water. The system is more accurate than radar.

Although it started out as a military application, there are now hundreds of business and personal applications. If you have On-Star in your automobile, the company makes use of the technology to locate you and where you are going. There is even a scavenger hunt like game that makes use of the handheld devices.

Take a step into the future with GPS mapping. You’ll probably find other applications, too.
About the Author:
Tom Gruich is a professional database designer with 40 years experience in systems analysis and design of database software applications. For more database business mapping thoughts and design ideas please visit Expert Database Design or his Smart Database website at =>

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