Modern landscaping and irrigation operations can benefit tremendously from GPS technologies. We will take a closer look a what the right GPS devices can do to boost the profitability of both of these business activities.
What Can GPS Technology Do for Landscaping Companies?
Landscape companies can use GPS technology to keep up with their equipment, their vehicles, and their teams as they travel from job to job. Landscape companies can use GPS to monitor driver safety, fuel efficiency, and vehicle maintenance and repair needs. GPS technologies protect mowers and other expensive equipment from theft and unauthorized use.
With the right systems from GPS Technologies, landscape companies can track a turn-by-turn history of every vehicle and the service status of every mower. They can monitor after-hours and unauthorized use and make asset recovery a much easier process in the event of theft.
GPS Technologies provides GPS units for company cars, light trucks, heavy-duty trucks, trailers, vans, mowers, landscaping equipment, and storage containers.
GPS Technology Is Easy for Landscapers to Use
GPS Technologies provides data at a glance for dispatchers and the home office. You can view all of your assets at the same time on your laptop or smartphone with our easy-to-use app. Vehicles and other assets are visible on the same map.
You can locate vehicles that go missing with GPS tracking. And you can also use our telematic systems to keep track of unsafe driving habits, such as speeding, slamming on the brakes, and wide turns, as well as to monitor fuel use and to get notifications from each vehicle’s dashboard warning systems.
GPS can even send you maintenance reminders to keep your vehicles and mowers running smoothly.
GPS Technologies Helps Landscapers Take Their Businesses to the Next Level
Everything about GPS technology is designed to be scalable. Your GPS monitoring systems can easily grow with your business. GPS lowers insurance costs and a lot more: You will get the information you need to cut costs, to deliver timely service, and to streamline your business, all while making sure that your investment in vehicles and equipment is safe.
What Can GPS Technology Do for Irrigation Operations?
GPS technology makes modern precision agriculture possible. Farmers don’t just accept GPS. They expect it.
For about 20 years, farmers have been using GPS technology to guide their equipment. Lightbar-guided tractors with automated steering systems maintain precise row-to-row and swath-to-swath widths as straight and reliable as the most skilled human operator. In-cab guidance systems come in a package with a display module that issues audible tones or lights to indicate the direction the operator should take the machine.
Farmers also use GPS to monitor crop yields. A sensor is mounted at the top of the elevator for clean grain. As grain flows into the hopper, it strikes the GPS sensor, which calculates the amount of force applied against it. The system records the exact amount of grain harvested every two meters across the field, so farmers have a very precise picture of the productivity of their fields.
GPS is useful for mapping areas in fields that contain rocks, areas of poor drainage, weeds, and soil diseases. GPS technology can be used to vary the number of seed, fertilizer, herbicide, and pesticide released throughout the field to match the needs of the crops in these very specific locations.
With 20 years of experience in these kinds of GPS applications, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that GPS is relevant to irrigation operations, too.
How GPS Makes Irrigation More Accurate
The challenge of mechanized irrigation has always been to spray water where it is needed, without wasting it by irrigating weeds or fallow ground. It used to be particularly difficult to irrigate the end of a long set of rows.
There has been technology for 30 years that provided position information an operator could use to decide where to pivot the machine and turn it around. The problem is that the end guns of the irrigation rig could shoot water 50 feet or more away from where it was intended.
Farmers dealt with this problem by creating a guidance system for the pivot control arms with a buried wire. They could follow an underground cable, or follow a signal from a buried wire, or follow a furrow near the cart. But burying a cable or plowing a furrow took valuable growing space, and buried wires created a lighting hazard.
GPS technologies make navigating by a furrow or a guide wire obsolete. The last drive unit in every irrigation rig is outfitted with a GPS receiver. This receiver tells the rig exactly how much water to release across every part of the field as determined on a sprinkler map. With GPS, farmers can provide as much water as their crops need, without wasting a drop. GPS can also help the rig stop, reverse, and change speed as needed.
GPS Technologies Offers Exceptional Service
There aren’t any one-size-fits-all solutions for landscapers and farmers. Landscapers and farmers need specific systems to track and control their equipment, and they need monitoring that integrates with their other management and accounting systems. That’s where GPS Technologies comes in.