Mar 22, 2010 1:06 PM by Associated Press

GPS helps energy companies track far-flung drivers

A trade group says a growing number of energy contractors are using Global Positioning System units in vehicles to track employees' driving behavior in gas fields.

The West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association says the GPS units help companies remotely monitor drivers to make sure they're not speeding, but also for safety and operational reasons.

Jack Hays of Western Pump and Dredge says the devices can track speed, braking behavior, location and fuel consumption and allow for more accurate billing.

Spokeswoman Susan Alvillar of Williams Production RMT says that if neighbors have a complaint or compliment for a driver, the technology can help the company pinpoint where its drivers were.


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