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VEHICLE tracking may sound like an underhand way of seeing if your employees are skiving, but WS2 makes it clear, with cutting edge web technology, that tracking employees can be an effective way to manage and reduce costs, while increasing fleet utilisation and improving driver safety.

A host of options are listed with a horizontal menu, taking the visitor to various parts of the site, with most parts having explanatory text and rolling demos or images of how the system works.

The site at www.ws2.com, looks fresh and is easily navigated, although visitors are bombarded with so much information that at times they may feel overwhelmed.

As it’s a Macromedia Flash site, you may need to download an updated version, but it offers a link for this. I downloaded the current version in seconds on a 100kps connection.

WS2’s Vista software tracks a vehicle’s position from a ‘black box’ installed in the vehicle, recording speed and the vehicle’s journey via a satellite. This is then relayed through Vista servers and sent to the customer’s web browser, where he or she can manage reports and view any registered vehicle’s position.

The site demonstrates how, when a vehicle is selected to track, its latest position can be viewed on a photo image map, showing roads and buildings. A text message service is also available to text the driver the location if they are lost.

Tracking can be useful if a vehicle gets stolen, making it easy for the police to locate it.

Depending on which software package you choose, the Vista control centre can be alerted by a panic button in the vehicle if the driver requires help. Border zones can also be set if a driver is on a set route. The control room will be alerted when the vehicle leaves the allocated zones.

It sounds very hi-tech and a bit daunting, but one of the best bits of the site is a demonstration section for each of the features you have purchased An animated demo will show exactly where you need to click to get the right information. Jeremy Bennett The lowdown:

The site: www.ws2.com

We like:

  • Fresh site packed with a plethora of innovative ideas

    We don’t like

  • Can become stifling due to the overload of info and options
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