Forward Thinking Blog

Practical Fleet Management & Tracking Advice
How FleetCam® AI Uses Dead Reckoning when GPS Fails
FleetCam® uses dead reckoning to make its location tracking and AI features, ADAS and DMS, accurate and reliable, even if the vehicle is in the mountains, in a tunnel, or near large buildings.
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Why It’s Better to Switch to LTE Now Instead of Waiting for 5G
Major carriers are shutting down their 2G/3G networks, leaving companies who didn’t switch over in the dark. Why switching to LTE now is better than waiting for 5G.
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Forward Thinking Systems Releases First Cradlepoint-Compatible ELD Software
Introducing the first ELD-compliant solution on the market that’s compatible with Cradlepoint’s advanced mobile routers.
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A Guide to Optimizing Operations with Mobile Workforce Management Solutions
Mobile workforce management solutions simplify fleet operations by automating services, reducing needed man-hours, improving productivity and lowering costs.
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5 Ways to Make School Buses Safer with GPS Tracking
School bus GPS tracking helps school districts improve student safety and bus driver accountability, simplify dispatch operations, and help answer parent questions.
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6 Problems that are Solved with GPS Fleet Tracking
Businesses that don't use GPS fleet tracking systems are missing out on a number of advantages that others are utilizing to optimize operations, streamline schedules, and track equipment.
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How to Attract and Retain Drivers in the Face of Driver Shortage
A comprehensive view of the truck driver shortage and what’s behind it, along with a list of steps you can take to attract new drivers while keeping the ones you have happy, healthy and on the road.
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Many Drivers and Carriers Still Confused Between AOBRDs and ELDs
What's the difference between an AOBRD and an ELD? We talk about the key differences between the two electronic logging devices and how the changes impact you.
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Improve Fleet Safety and Driver Performance with Vehicle Tracking
Studies show that fleet safety improves when on-board monitoring systems are installed in a vehicle and the driver is given proper training and continued coaching.
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Customer Success Story: T.J. Morgan Heating and Cooling
A heating and cooling company in Texas has never looked back after switching over to Forward Thinking Systems. Managers at T.J. Morgan say these handy products have already made a difference, and the customer service they've received has been second to none.
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3 Benefits of Using Maintenance Automation for Fleet Owners and Automotive Service Professionals
Maintenance Automation is a tool designed to simplify the lives of fleet owners and the automotive service professionals overseeing all those vehicles. With everything from automated maintenance reminders to real-time alerts when problems arise, we’ve outlined the three benefits of adding maintenance automation to your fleet’s toolbox.
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Avoiding the Most Common Safety Violations Contractors are Cited For
Officials say hundreds of lives could be saved every year by reducing the four biggest risks construction works face on the job site. These are the best ways to avoid the most common violations while keeping your crew, your budget and your reputation safe.
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FTS Internships Give Students A Glimpse Into the World of Professional Software Development
Forward Thinking Systems continues to the future with its summer internship program; bringing on talented young people to work on important projects with fresh eyes and new ideas while experiencing life in a professional, fast-paced work environment.
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3 Things Officers Want Drivers to Do During (and Before) Roadside Inspections
The CVSA’s annual International Roadcheck runs from June 5th through June 7th this year. We reached out to inspection agencies across the country to see how you can prepare for this year’s ramp up.
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5 Modern Advancements of the Police Cruiser
Fighting crime is one of our society’s oldest and most noble professions . It’s also one that has dramatically evolved over the years, staying on the cutting-edge of technology and using the latest tools to get the job done. The introduction of the first police car in Akron, Ohio in 1899 was a game-changer for […]
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5 Things You Might Not Know About Fire Trucks
Fire trucks are one of our society’s oldest and most recognizable vehicles. But its look and functions have dramatically changed over the years. The fire truck as we know it is the result of centuries of development and innovation. Here are five interesting things you might not know about the evolution of fire trucks. 1) […]
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How to Stay Compliant with AOBRDs Until You Switch to ELD
There’s a lot of confusion about using grandfathered AOBRDs in the ELD Age. Here’s what you need to know, and need to do, if you’re waiting to make the switch.
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4 Ways Bad Driving Habits Affect Your Bottom Line
Green driving isn’t just about helping the environment, it’s about making sure your fleet is running as efficiently as possible while sending the right message to the community about your business.
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6 Ways You Can Help Your Employees Sleep Better
37% of working U.S. adults only get six hours or less of sleep a night, putting lives at risk and costing companies thousands of dollars a year. Here are six ways you can help your employees fight fatigue and be more productive on the job.
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You could be pulled off the road if you’re not compliant with the ELD rule
The ELD rule's “soft enforcement” period has ended, and if you’re not exempt, or you’re not ready, your vehicle could be pulled out of service. That’s because the ELD rule is being fully enforced as of April 1, 2018. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, which is made up of the officers who enforce trucking and […]
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Field Warrior® ELD Registered and Approved by FMCSA – Now What?
Our ELD solutions for Garmin and Android are officially registered and approved by the FMCSA. In this post we discuss what's next for our current customers that are preparing to switch to ELDs.
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Important ELD Tips, Checklists, Training, and More
Finding answers to your ELD questions isn't always difficult. But finding accurate answers from a reliable source often is. With so many self-proclaimed ELD experts, it's hard to know who to trust. This resource makes it easier for you.
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Engineering the Best ELD Solution on the Market
In less than six months, ELDs are officially replacing paper logs. But you already know that. What you might not know, is that ELDs aren't tested and certified by the FMCSA.
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How to Understand and Improve Your CSA Scores
Roadside inspections may begin with a visible violation, but they don't always end there. The penalty points can add up quickly. Learn the what, why, and how of CSA scores - in plain English - to reduce violations and start improving your scores.
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How to Improve Your Drivers’ Habits and Grow Your Bottom Line
Smart fleets are cutting into killer expenses with proven strategies, resulting in better drivers and higher profits. Learn how successful fleet managers maintain safer, more cost efficient fleets. The critical, first step is knowing...
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