GPS systems have made lives easier and businesses more efficient. For the trucking industry, fleet GPS tracking helps the industry become faster and efficient. Using this tracking can also help trucking companies see where time and money is being wasted, allowing changes to be made to better run the business.
There are three components to most fleet tracking systems. First, there is the GPS tracking device. This device goes into the vehicle and captures all GPS location information at regular intervals to a central server. Second, there is a GPS tracking server.
The server goes to a manager to receive data from the GPS device. It stores the information securely and serve this information on demand to a user. Lastly, there is the user interface which determines how the manager or other user will be able to access the information, view vehicle data, and retrieve important details.
A GPS tracking system does not need to only be used for trucking. Companies that give cars to the employees to help them travel for work can use a GPS system to keep track of how much company gas money is used for nonessential work trips.
GPS tracking devices can be given to salespeople of all industries who want to be reimbursed for gas mileage. This reimbursement can also be used for all kinds of job descriptions that require travel for work, including nurses, pharmaceutical reps, and delivery people.
GPS tracking can also be used for public service vehicles, such as ambulances, fire trucks, and police vehicles. Tracking systems can help public service employees find emergencies and respond to them more quickly. It can also help with gas reimbursement and generating reports on how many miles are used in emergency and general transport.
Business owners, fleet managers, and dispatchers can use GPS tracking to improve routing and expedite dispatching. It can monitor unwanted driver behavior, reduce fuel consumption, prevent theft, and provide other operational efficiencies. Businesses see wonderful cost-cutting benefits that outweigh the costs for these kinds of systems.
GPS is installed in each vehicle to track it’s precise location. Modules can monitor all kinds of vehicle information, including speed, engine start up and shut down, routes, and idling. This information is transmitted to a remote user. This user can view maps of vehicle locations and routes. They can also access available reports on vehicle status with the Internet or software.
Certain GPS fleet tracking systems can provide customizable manager reports, allowing managers to gauge the effectiveness of the fleet in the field. The systems can provide customized alerts to notify these managers of driver behavior that is dangerous or undesirable. It can also encourage fuel-saving practices to be implemented based off GPS reports.
Software often comes with tracking systems that gives a manager or other user complete, up to the minute pictures of the fleet. Whether at a desk, on a smartphone, or using a tablet, the tracking reports can be sent to a variety of devices. Managers can receive preventative maintenance information to recognize potential risks. This can also be available to drivers in real time.
Using GPS tracking allows managers to get the location of fleet vehicles in real time, 24 hours a day. The historical status of each vehicle can be provided. This includes the start up and shut down of vehicles, idling status, location, speed, and other features that can be chosen based on the type of tracking system purchased.
The European market already heavily utilizes GPS tracking systems. Now the United States market has realized the efficient potential of these systems and GPS tracking is becoming an essential business tool. Managers will discover how important GPS tracking technology is in order to streamline and improve their operations.