As GPS technology matured and the equipment required for the implementation of a GPS based tracking system became more widespread, more and more companies began to notice the multiple benefits of vehicle tracking. With the economic context being less friendly these days, any tool that can save on company resources and lead to a more efficient use of assets will translate in more cost-effective operations and a boost in business profits.
Modern vehicle tracking systems will provide live information and capabilities that are designed to allow for a constant and up to date monitoring of a company’s vehicle fleet. As opposed to the “passive” systems where the GPS device stores the information locally to be downloaded and evaluated later, real time fleet tracking solutions will stream the same information on route by using cell phone or satellite networks. This not only allows for a better monitoring but also factors in the ability of the system manager to act based on the live data and counter unexpected events in order to increase efficiency or maximize fleet use.
The advantages of implementing such a system are numerous. The ability to constantly monitor the use of vehicles will provide with a means to cut down unwanted or excessive fuel consumption. Routes can be plotted and uploaded into a GPS navigating device, thus enabling users to choose optimal solutions for freight based on specific needs, be that time related ones for speedy deliveries or size and weight related ones that would call for specific traveling conditions.
The ability of such systems to gather, store and provide historical data in the form of easily customizable reports is also a factor that will contribute to choosing the best of solutions. This will help in the process of plotting optimal routes, as it will prepare an overview of fleet usage statuses from a historical point of view. The user will be capable to mitigate profit losses and improve efficiency based on historical averages regarding freight parameters such as fuel consumption, travel times or cost efficiency per travel route.
Features such as real time traffic updates provide with constant information on road events and can save resources both on fuel consumption and freight times. With information readily available, a GPS vehicle tracking system will facilitate the choosing of an optimal course for each vehicle based on up to date traffic information. Combined with a plotting feature, this will allow the operator of the system to also determine ideal routes or alter them in case of new events and consequently send the data directly to the driver.
Landmarks, interest points, like destination location or loading sites as well as on route driving directions, can also be marked, later on modified and sent to the drivers by using cell phones or satellite networks. The “geofencing” feature, as the ability to mark the limits of a designated area is called, allows for messages to be sent regarding special events like the vehicle leaving or reaching a specific area range. “Active” systems will also notify the operator in real time in case of trigger events like reaching a specific location or leaving a specific area, exceeding legal speed limits, being in need of technical inspection of a specific vehicle or other custom trigger events.
The security of the vehicle fleet is also boosted through the use of a real time tracking system, as information on the position, status or direction is readily available on demand or based on an automated alarm system that triggers only on special occasions.