FoxTrax GPS Executive Errs on the Side of Caution for Small-Business Owners When it Comes to Tracking Employee Vehicles

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FoxTrax GPS President Pat Brannan weighs in on GPS technology involved in tracking personal vehicles on company time. While many business professionals are against the notion, Brannan and his company keep the business owner in mind and encourage usage of GPS tracking on all types of company fleet vehicles.

In an age where “Big Brother” is watching, many Americans live in fear of privacy invasion. There seems to be a widespread paranoia as satellite and GPS technology becomes more common. When used inappropriately, scandal surrounds global positioning systems.

About a month ago, performed a study regarding personal use of company vehicles, and use of personal vehicles for company matters. GPS technology was cited as one of the only ways to track unregulated company vehicle use.

Should personal vehicles for business usage be tracked as well? Many professionals think not. FoxTrax GPS President, Pat Brannan, begs to differ.

“We’re a small business looking out for other small businesses. It would benefit any small business owner to track his employees,” Brannan explained. “I would do the same if I had a need for fleet vehicles.”

Business professionals—specifically those who would be tracked in their personal vehicles—take umbrage with this practice. Most cite the practice as an invasion of privacy.

“This is where the Big Brother paranoia kicks in,” Brannan continued. “Business professionals will say, ‘Well, either you trust me or you don’t. If you don’t trust me, I don’t need to be working for you.’ But if you are a safe, efficient driver, why would you mind, especially if you are being paid for mileage? That’s my question.”

Brannan’s GPS products include a hard-wired device, as well as a removable, battery operated device that Brannan noted would be perfect for personal vehicles on company time.

“It’s pretty easy to set up a tracker that only tracks during business hours. I don’t think many people are aware of that.”

About FoxTrax GPS:
Based in St. Louis, Missouri, FoxTrax makes GPS tracking simple, effective and inexpensive.

Its GPS vehicle tracking product is specially designed and priced for small- to medium-sized businesses. Foxtrax’s goal is to help its customers dramatically improve efficiency and customer service by extending real-time management and accountability to fleet operations. There is an old business adage that states, "If you can't measure it, you can't manage it." Foxtrax provides solutions for measuring and managing fleet operations.


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