How GPS Tracking System Can Help Companies?
If properly implemented, GPS trackers can help fleet managers to deal with complexities of managing many cars. Many fleet managers are clueless as to why some cars have double the increase rate of miles and higher maintenance costs. Some delivery routes can be unnecessarily longer and some employees tend to have longer overtime. This situation could cost us more in terms of maintenance costs, overtime and fuel efficiency. The problem could be related to the absence of GPS tracking technology. In this case, a passive tracking unit can be placed inside the car and information is logged each time car travels.
The passive unit only logs the information and the information may need to be manually retrieved for syncing with the central computer. It means that the system can’t obtain real time information about the car and it relies on regular updates of information. Despite the obvious limitation, the passive logging unit is usually more affordable and due to its small size, it can be hidden rather easily. It is still be able to accurately tell us exactly where the car have been.
Other information, such as speed at any given time and stop time could also be obtained. This can be used to simulate the movement of the car and fleet manager can replay it based on the data. Any problems can be discussed with the driver and the manager can check the following days, whether their recommendations have been followed properly.
The more useful and versatile tracking system is the real-time tracking unit. It is clearly a better alternative to the passive logging system. It will not only log the movement and position of the car; but also send real-time information about the car. Typically, hit technology is integrated with standard cellular technology. The tracking data will be sent through 3G/4G transmission to the central computer in the main office. The fleet manager can see a map of the operational area and see the position of the car at any given time. Actually, the position of the car isn’t really updated at real time. The unit will only send the latest information every 1, 5, 10 or 15 minutes. For cross-country transportation management, the tracking information can be sent every 30 minutes or one hour.
Fleet manager should be able to easily understand the advantage of such system. Fuel and maintenance costs can be reduced by using optimized routes and speed. Traffic information can also be integrated, so drivers could be instructed to choose alternate routes, which could be longer; but they may avoid heavy traffic to reach the destination faster. GPS tracking unit should help us to optimize the whole fleet. Before choosing a GPS tracking system, we should choose a provider that offers proven system. Newer providers may not have mature systems that can handle a larger fleet. However, new providers could offer good deals for smaller businesses. Over time, we should be able to reduce employee, maintenance, fuel and depreciation costs.