I am just wondering if anybody here uses GPS for their work? Obviously, anybody who drives a vehicle has the potential to use a vehicle navigator, but I am thinking beyond that. For example, is there anybody here that is involved in GIS or surveying? I have seen work crews in my area using professional GPS units and I have thought that it might be interesting to learn a bit more about that.
NOT in to GIS or surveying but I can say this as a Trucker:
GPS systems have been a great help in so many ways...
Gives a very accurate arrival time to Shipper or Consignee.
When a major accident occurs, simply exit the highway and the system will get you back on route pass the problem.
delay times due to traffic problems are great to know in this profession. (MSN direct)
Weather data and radar warns of potential problems.
Need a place to eat or a nice hotel?... no problem because the unit will give you the info sorted by distance.
Better Fuel efficient routes.
GPS System can now Warn us of the Following:
Low Bridges and Narrow Bridges
Red-light Cameras, Speed Cameras, and Speed Traps.
Dangerous Curves and Roads
Next turn and Correct lane
Toll Roads (Not Paid by all Truck lines)
Current Speed limits at a glance and alert
I can go on and on but I hope this has helped you to see how important a GPS can be for some?!!
Bottom line is this:
For us TRUCKERS... "It's helped us to work Smarter than Harder".
Thanks for your post.
I travel as a service technician throughout NY. Some of the items don't matter to me because of what I do, but they come in very handy in locating motels, food, traffic, and a lot of other items etc.
I am a probation officer and I have all my offenders listed in a .gpx file. When they move, I update the file from my desk in Extra POI Editor (Thanks POI Factory!) and load it to my GPS before heading out into the field. We also use GPS to mark the coordinates of sex offenders' homes in relation to bus stops, parks, other places where kids congregate. As I'm driving down the road, I have TourGuide alerts set up so it will direct me when I get near to their homes. If anything ever happens to me while I am in the field, my GPS can serve as a record of where I've been. Not all my coworkers are as tech savvy as I am, but the GPS is an indispensable tool for law enforcement.
My son drives a box truck making local deliveries in Cincinnati. The regular clients are no problem, but when he gets a delivery for a new client his GPSr not only gets him there, but orders his route for the most efficient delivery order saving him time and miles.
I wish I had one during my truck delivery days or when I was a (Sealtest) mikman for a year or when I drove Yellow Taxi in Philly for 6 months.
Yes, I always use my GPS. I work for a gas utility in the corrosion control department. As such, my work locations are not always tied to an address. I use the cross streets quite frequently as well as setting up "routes" before I begin the day to work more efficiently.
Our dept. is in the process of geo-locating annual test locations with the ultimate goal of preforming annual tasks with the minimum amount of personnel by multitasking inspections.
I work as a transporter of cars, trucks, and also pick up campers, boats, RV's, etc. Some of the places I go to get units are very hard to find, but my GPS makes it a snap!
Don't know how I'd do my job without it!
I wish I had one during my truck delivery days or when I was a (Sealtest) mikman...
I remember my family always buying Sealtest milk when I was a kid.
Thanks to this crappy economy, I'm driving truck again, and just couldn't live without my GPS (laptop running DeLorme). I started using DeLorme back in 2002 for the truck, and also used it while working for cellular companies such as Suncomm, Verizon, and others. In fact the first time I used a GPS device was while gathering data for Cellular One out of Rochester and Buffalo, NY. The GPS didn't tell me where I was, but told the people using the data where the data was obtained. I also worked briefly for NAVTEC gathering POI information.
Don’t know why I mentioned Sealtest, in my 40 some years of work that had to be the worst job I ever did.
The pay at the time wasn’t bad but the work condition for a 23 year old not accustomed to getting up at 3am it was horrible.
I started the job at the end of fall and by the time I was trained and hit the street on my own it was the middle of winter, as you may well imagine the new guys were assigned the worst routes that the guys with seniority did not want to work, my route was in the ghetto of Philadelphia, mostly hispanics, blacks and some white trash, the majority on welfare.
Selling to that crowd was not a problem, collecting on Saturday was, I heard all the excuses to not pay the bill and to convince me to continue delivery the following week, several times sex was offered in exchange but I never took the bait, the supervisor could OK an extra week of delivery and it was his problem if the customer did not pay.
Saturdays were the longest days, besides the delivery it was collection day, many milkmen got robbed at gun point in the city of brotherly love, and walking around with a wad of money wasn’t fun.
The delivery part wasn’t easy either, with the side streets full of snow I had to leave the truck on the main street and walk the milk down the side streets, many times to find a note at the door requesting “Milkman no delivery today please” at times I felt like throwing the milk jars right thru the window.
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