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Landmarks Mark the Spot: The Best Ways to Use Landmarks for Trailer Tracking

When we were kids, playing hide-and-go-seek was a blast — but now that we’re adults, running around screaming “Ready or not, here I come!” is much less attractive. If you’re still spending your days chasing down your trucks or assets, we have a solution for you: landmarks mark the spot.

Did you know you can use everyday landmarks — from the Empire State Building to that warehouse around the corner everyone in town knows — to quickly and easily locate your assets? Preset landmarks, based on latitude and longitude positions, can be used in a variety of ways to help better locate your trucks by setting boundaries around chosen geographic areas. These then provide automatic updates when trailers or equipment arrive/ depart at custom-selected locations.

Who knew, right? Let’s explore even further the best ways to use landmarks within trailer tracking technology to boost your productivity, security and billing, while also enhancing your customer service, operations, and overall business processes.

The SkyBitz InSight web application allows you to set up custom landmarks. When you pull up the SkyBitz trailer tracking system to search for an asset, all of your landmarked yards are immediately visible on the dashboard right at your fingertips. You don’t have to search for what’s in that specific landmark because SkyBitz makes that data accessible right when you log in.

Polygonal Landmarks Boost Location Accuracy

While landmarks can be used for trailer tracking in both circular and polygonal shapes, polygonal landmarks offer the best accuracy. For example, if you place a one-mile circular landmark around your truck yard, any asset inside that one-mile radius is going to report as if it’s sitting at your building in the system. If you set up a polygonal landmark around your yard’s perimeter, you get a more accurate picture of what’s actually sitting at your location.

Use Grouped Landmarks for Efficiency

You can group landmarks by type, and your portal can be organized with landmarks for your company, customers, and facilities. The more custom landmarks you have set in your system, the more effective your usage will be as they help you search more quickly.

In addition to grouping landmarks, you can group the types of assets you have. This way, you can find out where equipment may be if it is out of place and ensure that the right type of equipment is in the right yard.

Track Trailers and Assets With a “SkyFence”

Another cool trailer tracking technology trick is using SkyFences to set a perimeter around any place where trailers could be left. SkyFences are landmarks that send notifications when assets enter or leave the perimeter.

A circular SkyFence can have a radius of 0.25 to 50 miles, while a polygonal SkyFence covers an area from a few hundred square feet to hundreds of square miles. As monitored assets enter and exit the SkyFence perimeters and report their positions, arrival and departure notifications can be emailed to the person responsible.

SkyFences allow you to send automated reports every time a trailer or asset enters or leaves a preset landmark, including international border crossings. For instance, you could SkyFence your company’s maintenance yard so that if a trailer arrives for maintenance, you immediately get a notification.

Landmarks allow leasing and rental customers to bill for extra storage usage. If a company charges for trailer detention, landmarks can help remotely determine with cargo sensors if a trailer is loaded or unloaded. Your leasing and rental customers can use this information to bill their distribution center customers as if they’re actually renting out the trailer for storage, as opposed to billing for the cheaper detention rate. If the distribution center has had a customer’s trailer too long, your customer can use the data to bill for extra storage usage.

Landmarks Assist With Billing Accuracy

Landmarks can even offer better customer service with more accurate billing and reporting. Many disputes specifically within the rental and leasing space stem from the location of assets. With nesting, your truck rental and leasing company can landmark a truck yard or oil field and nest smaller landmarks within for further billing and location clarity.

You can also run historical searches on landmarks. If a customer is disputing the number of trailers used for runs, you can pull an entire month of reporting on that landmark for information on when that trailer entered the yard and left on another run.

In addition, you can do an inverse search for an asset. Instead of looking at everything that’s sitting at a landmark, you can look at everything that’s not sitting at a landmark. This can be broken down further to locate assets in motion vs. stopped assets.

Increase Your Asset Security With Landmarks

Truck yards are not always directly supervised. Landmarks can help you with security as they allow your truck rental and leasing business to track an inactive trailer if it disappears. If your trailer is stored in a yard and moved, it’s at risk of becoming lost without trailer tracking.

Using the landmark feature, you could landmark a specific truck yard and run a report multiple times a day to ensure the number of trailers that are supposed to be there remain. Alternatively, you could SkyFence the yard and be told immediately when something enters or exits with optional email notifications.

Aren’t landmarks awesome?! They’re indeed a vital tool for keeping tabs on your trucks, assets and equipment. Wherever you have the ability to leave a trailer, that location should be recorded as a landmark. You can set landmarks for customers, companies, distribution centers, shipping yards, truck yards, fuel stops, ports of entry, maintenance facilities, and more.

So as fun as it to reminisce on those years as a youngster hiding in your favorite spot, stop playing games, and start using landmarks!

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