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Vol. 24, No. 7 1030 W. Higgins Road, Suite 230 Park Ridge, IL 60068 Integrated Content VICE PRESIDENT, GROUP PUBLISHER Jo Treadwell, EDITOR, GEOWORLD, GEOPLACE.COM AND GEOREPORT Todd Danielson, CHIEF NEWS CORRESPONDENT L. Scott Tillett GeoTec Event CONFERENCE SHOW MANAGER Katie Smith, CONFERENCE EXHIBIT SALES Jo Treadwell, Contributing Editors Peter Batty, Joseph K. Berry, Ron Bisio, Mark Dolezel, Ron Lake, Janet Jackson, Mark Reichardt, Erik Shepard, Daniel Sui, Nigel Waters, Patrick Wong Editorial Advisory Board Chris Andrews AUTODESK INC. Peter Batty UBISENSE Jack Dangermond ESRI Charles H. Drinnan EWAM ASSOCIATES Jim Farley ORACLE CORP. William D. Goran CENTER FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SUSTAINABILITY INNOVATIONS Connie Gurchiek TRANSCEND SPATIAL SOLUTIONS William Holland REDGIANT ANALYTICS INC. Rajesh Kalra RMSI Roy Kolstad NAVTEQ Ron Lake GALDOS SYSTEMS David Linden SAIC Xavier Lopez ORACLE CORP. Dale Lutz SAFE SOFTWARE Carey Mann BENTLEY SYSTEMS INC. 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Contact Cheryl Naughton by phone, 678-292-6054, fax 360-294-6054, or e-mail All names are proven direct-mail responsive, and they are all selectable by title and business. One phone call will guide you toward the best list choices for your needs. FROM THE ARCHIVES GeoWorld magazine has built a reputation as a trusted source of information with consistently forward-looking and authorita- tive content. We were the first publication to address the needs of the GIS user community, and we have enjoyed much success as the industry “found its footing” and expanded into a wide range of disciplines. We feel lucky to have served a dedicated readership for more than two decades. The content of each GeoWorld issue has been posted online at since 1996. This rich resource provides perspective on technology development and clear relevance to the challenges faced today.To highlight some of the infor- mational resources available, each issue will feature archived stories relating to that issue’s cover story. Simply click on “Articles & Archives” at the top of the menu bar on, and type in a few of the key words from the fol- lowing list to find the full article on our site. August 2010 Putting Vehicle Fleets on a Fuel Diet: GPS-Based Fleet Tracking “Leans and Greens” Operations By Renaat Ver Eecke July 2010 The Future of Geospatial Data 16 G E O W O R L D / A U G U S T 2 O 1 0 BY RENAAT VER EECKE Putting Vehicle Fleets on a GPS-Based Fleet Tracking “Leans and Greens” Operations BY ANGUS W. STOCKING vehicle and driver behavior for corporate and govern- ment fleets. This fleet-tracking technology also is help- ing improve efficiency, safety and customer service for fleet operators on five continents. Alabama-based CDG Engineers & Associates, for example, chopped 15 percent and $21,000 off the annual fuel bill for its 47 work trucks with the aid of a fleet- tracking system. Griffin Waste Services in Tennessee dumped nearly $116,000 in yearly fuel expenses for just 13 garbage trucks. Provider Enterprises, a 178- vehicle New Hampshire private school-bus company, hacked nearly $50,000 from its diesel budget as well as eliminating $400,000 in driver overtime. Although common GPS/GIS-related functions such I Mobility/GPS Special Issue Saving Lives as route optimization play a role in the ability of these systems to help fleets run “lean and green,” the greater benefits are driven by correlating geographic information with other datasets to identify wasteful practices such as excessive idling and unauthorized personal vehicle use. Fleet-tracking systems also can deliver assistance in areas ranging from detecting driver speeding, missed stops and misreported work hours to optimizing main- tenance schedules, locating stolen vehicles, and even alerting fleet managers to problems such as malfunc- tioning truck refrigeration. These capabilities facilitate Mobility/GPS Special Issue new assignment, see at a glance if there are opportuni- ties to reduce overlap in driver territories, allow a single dispatcher to manage large groups of vehicles, and potentially increase productivity and associated rev- enues by making better use of the fleet on the street. From a GPS perspective, fleet-tracking systems also can provide accurate estimated time of arrivals and supply turn-by-turn directions on an in-vehicle mes- saging or navigation device with a click. These fea- tures can help improve customer relationships, keep vehicles on schedule, and avoid unnecessary driving and fuel usage. A U G U S T 2 O 1 0 / W W W . G E O P L A C E . C O M Pipeline Improvements Bring Clean Water to Impoverished Areas Management: A Natural-Resource Perspective By Thomas E. Burley and John D. Peine March 2010 Saving Lives: Pipeline Improvements Bring Clean Water to Impoverished Areas By Angus W. Stocking 16 G E O W O R L D / M A R C H 2 O 1 0 W ater supply continues to be a pressing con- cern in developing countries worldwide. The World Health Organization maintains that 884 million people—one of every eight people on the planet—don’t have access to safe water, and 2.5 bil- lion people—two-fifths of the world’s population—don’t have access to adequate sanitation. Polluted water is estimated to affect the health of more than 1.2 billion people and contribute to the death of approximately 15 million children every year—a higher death toll than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. Besides those appalling statistics, nations also pay a high economic cost for inadequate water supplies. According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the costs associated with unclean water in sub-Saharan Africa amount to 5 percent of its gross domestic product. UNDP also states that worldwide, water-related diseases cause children to lose 443 mil- lion school days annually. The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development says that households in rural Africa spend 26 percent of their days, on average, carrying water from distant sources. Women do the majority of this work, carrying about 44 pounds of water on most trips. Water infrastructure is one of the most rewarding areas of investment for public and private institutions, and there have been substantial successes. In the 1960s, when South Korea’s per capita income was 17 n a little-noticed green movement, millions of gal- lons of fuel are being saved globally every year with the help of GPS-based systems that monitor the management of vehicles from delivery vans and school buses to street sweepers and snow plows. On the Road Fleet-tracking systems combine in-vehicle GPS track- ing units, back-office analytical software and optional mobile messaging/navigation devices that connect drivers directly to an organization’s dispatch center. Like cardiac monitors that record every human heart- beat, each GPS unit captures the vehicle’s physical location every few seconds and transmits the data to the back-office software via the cellular network. At the most basic level, the real-time information provided by these systems enables dispatchers to view the location of all their vehicle assets overlaid on Google Maps or another GIS mapping platform. This makes it easy to route the closest vehicle to a FUEL DIET 2 GEO W ORLD / JUL Y 2O11 Fleet Tracking Infrastructure

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