Mass_SkinsFan Posted November 16, 2007 Share Posted November 16, 2007 GPS Helps Cities Catch Goof-OffsNov 15, 1:53 PM (ET) By FRANK ELTMAN ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - GPS tracking devices installed on government-issue vehicles are helping communities around the country reduce waste and abuse, in part by catching employees shopping, working out at the gym or otherwise loafing while on the clock. The use of GPS has led to firings, stoking complaints from employees and unions that the devices are intrusive, Big Brother technology. But city officials say that monitoring employees' movements has deterred abuses, saving the taxpayers money in gasoline and lost productivity. "We can't have public resources being used on private activities. That's Management 101," Phil Nolan, supervisor of the Long Island town of Islip. Islip saved nearly 14,000 gallons of gas over a three-month period from the previous year after GPS devices were installed. Nolan said that shows that employees know they are being watched and are no longer using Islip's 614 official vehicles for personal business. Some administrators around the country emphasized that the primary purpose of the GPS devices is not to catch people goofing off but to improve the maintenance and operation of the vehicles and to design more efficient bus, snowplow and trash-pickup routes. Among other things, the devices can be used to alert mechanics that a car's engine is operating inefficiently. http://apnews.myway.com/article/20071115/D8SU9CCO1.html I know this is a huge issue with some of our workers here at the electric company I work for. All of our new vehicles have an AVLS (Automatic Vehicle Locating System) that tracks location, speed, etc... every 90 seconds. It hasn't been used to fire anyone, but it has definitely been used to punish a number of people and the attitude of all of us who drive company vehicles has definitely changed since the new vehicles came in. Personally, I think it's a great idea when used properly. It also runs the risk of being used for much less nice purposes. I think the way it ends up being used is actually more predicated on the level of abuse of vehicle usage the employees have done in the past. Just wondering what the thoughts of the rest of the ES crew are. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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