A vehicle tracking system is a device that uses global positioning system (GPS) to determine the exact location of a certain vehicle. The device itself is installed inside the vehicle, which is responsible for storing data about the vehicle’s location, speed, and the direction it is headed. Those data would then be transferred via satellite to the central server or database that comes with software. The transmission of data towards the server or database can be either in real-time or on an interval basis.
Such a system is a great feature for any vehicle. For the most part, it is the businesses that greatly benefit from it. In particular, companies that use off-site navigation and transportation as a key component in their business operations take advantage of such systems. Just imagine those entities utilizing a fleet of vehicles to execute their business objectives. Examples of such include companies that provide logistics solutions, electrical services, plumbing services, and moving services.
Indeed, such businesses consider fleet vehicles as valuable assets that require close monitoring. By having each vehicle installed with a vehicle tracking system, companies are able to check how the vehicles are performing well during business hours. More than that, the features in these systems can significantly impact how businesses deal with their employees and how they ensure that the overall operations are running smoothly.
As such, here are the benefits of such a tremendously useful tracking device for businesses with fleet vehicles:
- It bolsters productivity. Through GPS tracking, a dash camera or action camera, companies are able to keep track of their off-site employees’ productivity just by the location of their vehicles. A tracking device usually stores information about their on- and off-times (e.g. lunch breaks), which can be accessed to learn more about their employees’ activities. Indeed, they are able to tell whether or not drivers are following their assigned jobs and designated routes, as well as determine whether or not they are driving at the right speed limit.
- It improves the way records are kept. Since companies are able to manage the productivity of their off-site employees through the installed fleet vehicle tracking devices, they tend to do away with using paper. The organization of data, from hours of work to mileage, can easily be accessed through the database using an Internet connection for easier perusal.
- It reduces fuel consumption. Many fleet companies see gasoline as a running cost. A vehicle tracking device installed in each fleet vehicle can help them reduce fuel consumption by having their drivers dispatched to the nearest available job and having them avoid roads with heavy traffic build-up or ongoing road repairs or maintenance.
- It promotes customer service. Through GPS tracking, companies are able to enhance customer relations. Suppose someone is in need of a taxi. He or she will call the taxi company for one and then the latter would tell the customer that an available one is on his or her way, providing an estimated time of arrival based on the information provided via the database.
It takes into account the safety of drivers. Companies are able to monitor the whereabouts of the vehicles through GPS and action camera or dashboard cam, which makes it certain that they are able to respond to any emergency situation that off-site employees may come their way. They can easily determine the location of the vehicle in the event of a collision, and then call the ambulance or police authorities. They can also do the same in the event of a breakdown. A stranded driver can be sure that help is on the way knowing that the vehicle has a GPS device. On the business standpoint, there is less costs if the vehicle is located and repaired right away.