Friday, 10 May 2013

Big Brother is not watching it is just a GPS tracking policy



Last Monday was our council’s first view and I think everyone is missing the point. The policy wasn't created because we wanted to track employees. The policy is so that it is clear when we can use the GPS capabilities of the equipment that we already have and may buy in the future. Cities across Canada have tracked buses, snow plows, emergency response vehicles and other equipment but our City has never had a policy to deal with if, when and how can it be used.

I believe employees should know when the employer may utilize these GPS systems. Most of us do not realize we have GPS tracking on our cell phones. If I lose my cell phone, I can use GPS to track where I have left it. If we get a complaint that a City vehicle was seen outside of our municipality when there was no authorization to do so, we can use GPS to confirm or deny the rumour. Our administration recommends GPS tracking because it has many benefits for both employee and employer, when used properly and fairly and they are asking council for support of a new policy.

It is my wish that we would unveil their GPS programs in an open manner – employees, supervisors, foreman, management , and public should all be made aware of the particular system in place and how it works. After all, the main benefit of using a GPS system is to encourage accountability amongst all parties – not to catch people in the act of doing something wrong.

Like our mayor and other councillors I have many question. The most important is how we use the technology to protect our employees by providing them GPS tracking which hopefully will offers the city numerous benefits in the future such as: 

reduced fuel costs, 

lower insurance premiums, 

increased productivity, 

improved dispatching, and back office efficiencies

improvement in driver behaviour, 

faster response times, 

be an efficiency gauge

our goal is the technology will reduced overhead costs,

At the end of the day we do not have the resources or people to monitor our city and it’s vehicles all the time. It is a simple tool to use when we need it. The policy is need to make sure it is implemented and used fairly and properly

I hope our employees feel we may be running the city better and their jobs as well, not because you think they are all misusing the vehicles. I hope we all can focus on three key benefits: 

Safety, Service, and Savings.

Safety
A fleet tracking system provides alerts that will allow your city to maintain a proper maintenance schedule for the vehicles. This ensures that the vehicles are up to date with oil changes, tire rotations, and all other servicing needs. GPS tracking also helps expedite recovery of stolen vehicles and any equipment or tools on board. Because vehicles with GPS tracking are more likely to be recovered sooner, resulting in little to no loss or damages, insurance premiums are reduced as a reward for the extra safety measures.

Service
GPS tracking is invaluable as a customer service tool. Citizens will no longer have the ability to lodge false complaints about employees. You can back employee claims of services rendered. Also, a fleet tracking system allows your business to respond more quickly to city needs, resulting in more resources available in a time when we have limited resources.

Savings
GPS tracking provides numerous benefits that help increase revenue. These include reduced fuel costs, lower insurance premiums, increased productivity, improved dispatching, and back office efficiencies. For the driver, all these benefits add to job security with a financially stable city during these tough economic times. Saving money on fuel alone over the course of the year can provide the entire salary for more employees.