Last week, NexTraq (Roswell, Ga., U.S.A.), a GPS fleet tracking and vehicle management company, announced fleet tracking capabilities for the oil and gas industry. Through its Web Services offering, an open platform that enables integration of fleet data with third party applications, oil and gas customers can align their geographic information system (GIS) mapping technology with fleet tracking technology. As a result, fleet managers can protect and leverage assets remotely with real-time data and reporting, according to the company.
“Integrating GIS mapping with GPS fleet tracking enables our customers to track their trucks and assets from hundreds of miles away,” says Mike Scarbrough, CEO of NexTraq. “[This] increases driver safety and optimizing fleet operations.”
With the NexTraq Fleet Tracking platform, oil and gas fleet managers can upload and view points of interest in relation to trucks, including up-front investments such as pumpjacks, well heads, depots and tank yards, according to the company. The NexTraq Web Services offering allows managers the ability to interoperate the fleet tracking technology with GIS maps and overlay GIS data.
Map layering technology gives managers the ability to set up accurate geofences and zones to report on time arrivals and mileage in and out of a zone, says NexTraq. By creating these zones, customers can be instantly notified when an operating procedure is breached.
According to NexTraq, one of its customer that integrated its GIS mapping with the fleet tracking platform saw a 25% increase in driver productivity. In addition, the integration leverages real-time tracking data to automate time-consuming manual processes.