Recruiters / Headhunters – Social Media

3 08 2009

Hamby Hutcheson,( , asked this question in LinkedIn Group – IntelliDrive , should they join the group?

My Response – You can post opportunities in the Job Section. Especially those in Chicago.    The more the better, increasing the activity.

If Chicago is granted the 2016 Olympics, the over population will exceed 3 million, throw another 1 million for the growing “Suburbs”. This town will be jumping. Grant Park – Obama accepts the Presidency, two terms later he is back in Grant Park Welcoming the World to Chicago, with a WHITE SOX’s cap on. Damn near Disney..

The more the better, increase the activity.

Comments must have some effort to stay on course. Public interaction is why there is a “Private Response” button.

Inteligent Driving topic – will & does effect everyone. Especially when we seriously take advantage of the technology for the purpose of “SAFETY”.

Having an on-board system to guide my travel is standard in new model vehicles. The question is how much information can we tap into. There is mapping and then Tracking.

The consumers ability to take the lead in creating demand, is just starting. Success in Retail just has not made it, yet. On Line should recognize the opportunity an grab real estate. Tracking Providers better learn to sell their solutions On Line, anything less than 5 should be a shopping cart.


Chicago Gets 1st Solar Powered Plugin Station

9 04 2009

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Carbon Day Automotive today announced the unveiling of the first solar-powered electric vehicle charging station in the City of Chicago. Located and operational at the City of Chicago Department of Fleet coulombMaintenance, it was one of the focal points of the recent IOC tour on April 5th, 2009 where guests were able to see the nation’s foremost Solar Plug-In Station™ that was designed to pave the way to fuel plug-in electric vehicles. It will be used daily by the City of Chicago to fuel the city’s electric vehicles with power from the sun. Carbon Day Automotive is the sole Midwest distributor for Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint™ Networked Charging Stations. 

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GPS Tracking – TELEMATICS a business solution not Big Brother.

2 03 2009

In recent months we have seen a growing concern among bloggers tapping into the “fear” factor of what Telematics is. Considering the bulk of these postings focus on the Conservative approach or lose of “Privacy” this approach could not be further from the truth. Telematics is a business solution that allows companies the opportunity too get the most out there fleet and drivers. Today’s economic climate pushes the limits of where companies can find dollars and in this case control “Lost dollars”.

Recent national exposer of a traveling tax, [basically taxing you on the amount you travel] maybe a bit ex-stream. It only brings to light the need to create revenue with all the spending going on with the “stimulus Package”.

Businesses cannot get caught up in the daily challenges of:

  • Family run business
  • Long term employees
  • Never saw the value

Telematics is actually a Proficiency tool for your fleet of vehicles. Granted there are numerous solutions available on the market. With that said, it is more than obvious this technology is here to stay.

Bloggers will continue too take advantage of “Big Brother” effect, many because they focus on anything that might generate traffic which is some cases (most) reverts back to the overall conspiracy theory.

What few people realize, these same “bloggers” are no-more than basement dwellers on government programs in Section 8 housing. And we all agree how important they are to the growth of this country. What this brings to light: [THEY ARE THE REASON GPS VEHICLE TRACKING NEEDS TO BE DEPLOYED]

The moral fabric of the American society is being challenged by these individuals who have nothing to offer unless they get a hand-out.

The Jettsons was not just a cartoon….

27 02 2009

CBR Mobility yesterday sent me a feed:  Dr Pepper Snapple deploys TeleNav Track

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, said they saved over $166,000 because of their ability to accurately track employees’ hours worked and mileage traveled.    Talk about addressing user reaction.  

sweepstakes_rolloverOn my side of the house utilizing Vehicle Tracking services comes up against “Driver” reaction which may have some value when addressing employees that have been with you for sometime or even a “family” run business.  The initial reaction calls into question the “trust” factor.  These same individual companies need to read how an organization the size of DR Pepper moved pasted that.   There effort was ineffect focused on the “Moble” work force.  Companies that utilize trucks/vans in deploying their services, (especially when the vehicle is taken home with the operator) should focus on the fact it’s a capital assest period.

Though cellular solution(s) provide tracking ability your still relying on individuals to step-up-to the plate and turn them on.   What many forget is Telecoms never ending ability to change programs once they gain volumn acceptance.   Take note, don’t be surprised come later this summer we see changes to these $10/$20 application.

Tracking without your knowledge…not cool..

17 02 2009

The ugly side of GPS Vehicle Tracking does show its face at times. Contacted a demolition company in Colorado looking to schedule a Online Presentation about our services. The timing could not have been any more planned.

During a routine maintenance check, Shop Supervisor noticed something different under the hood, a GPS Tracking Device. Totally unaware of this he proceeded to question the ownership on the item. My call triggered a rage from the ownership who was themselves unaware of what was going on with their fleet. Though the product was not ours, it did not matter, the idea his fleet (26 vehicles) had these items on an NO ONE knew about it put me in the bull’s eye. Once I was able to determine and verify the product was not ours and we as a company have little market penetration in her area, we came to the conclusion someone other than an employee had done this.

With my help we were able to determine the manufacture and the “RETAIL” outlet where the item came from. Armed with this info they have set about inquiring WHO purchased the item and why are they tracking the vehicles…..

This type of behavior is something I stand totally strong an apposed too. I have purposely left off the manufacture and the client names since legal proceeding are in process.

This type of behavior has been gaining ground lately because of the un-regulated use of these devices. I hate to see when the mental behavior of few can cause such a disruption with a industry. But like the title says, it’s beyond cool….

Hybrids and Alternative Fuels.

2 02 2009

4cf76179-1d4a-439a-9a01-28816c9de1c9Fighting though these tough times means making tough decissions.  And having a option when making these choices does add a little light.

It’s been along time coming but the importance of creating a more fuel efficient fleet or in this case moving to more Alternative options is not just a dream any more.

We are slowing seeing more Alternative fuel locations pop-up across the country.  This is one avenue we must enlighten our government to support.   That is the type of infrastructure investment we need. should be your first visit.   We should also participate by forwarding this link to the world.  Everyone must take advantage.

The World’s Largest HVAC&R Exposition

22 01 2009


Well it’s that time of year again, Conferences & Exposition.   An Chicago’s McCormick Place will host this grand event for the HVAC industry.  

What is noteworthly this year there will be (5) Telematic vendors displaying their solutions to Fleet management.