Suppose you have expensive equipment that requires proper maintenance; then the questions of “where” and “how” come to mind. You’ll want to know where your company assets are at all times, and you’ll want to know how they are used. Having reliable data like this provides an opportunity for employers to keep their people safe and significantly save or reduce operational costs.
GPS trackers provide real-time data on the location of a company’s assets and, on advanced tracking platforms, tell fleet managers how these assets are utilized. Across the globe, many industries have tried and tested GPS tracking in their operations.
How does a GPS tracking device work?
GPS tracking devices send and receive satellite signals to provide the location of a person or object using geographic positioning.
A GPS tracking system connects to Global Navigation Satellite System to collect data about location and direction. An installed GPS tracking device pings the satellites to provide the location and approximate distance using longitude and latitude.
Whether your asset is on land, sea, or air, GPS tracking systems prove helpful in pinpointing the location and direction of your assets.
Here are the top 5 reasons companies should have GPS tracking devices installed:
There are many reasons companies use GPS tracking devices for their operations: they provide opportunities for increased productivity, efficiency, and reduced costs. In this article, we will deal with our top 5 reasons.
- Improve safety culture
Most businesses know that safety always comes first. GPS data provides a fleet manager with information on the vehicle’s maintenance and how well the driver uses the vehicle. All unsafe driver behavior is recorded, and opportunities for retraining are discovered.
On advanced GPS tracking software platforms, a fleet manager can create digitized maintenance programs to schedule regular maintenance through automatic prompting by odometer readings or scheduled maintenance. This can also schedule inspections for your drivers and maintenance teams to detect any faults for quick remediation.
These advanced software platforms can also inform fleet managers about unsafe driver behaviors behind the wheel, such as harsh braking, excessive speeding, harsh acceleration, and cornering. In tandem with dashcams, fleet managers have more insight into distracted driving, tailgating, and red-light violations.
2. Reduce operational costs
Fleet managers’ two most significant expenses are rising fuel costs and overall vehicle maintenance. Fuel costs rise with unsafe driver behaviors like aggressive driving (speeding, harsh braking, and harsh cornering); excessive idling; and no proper route planning.
With easy access to data on the maintenance of the vehicles, fleet managers have the opportunity to spot issues quickly and resolve them.
3. Increased productivity
A GPS tracking system saves time and money by ensuring staff are either at job sites or at work. Fleet managers now have complete visibility of an employee’s movement throughout the day. This is significantly more valuable for companies in logistics (transportation of goods or people). When GPS data is integrated into a Transport Management System, customers can track the shipment’s location, know where the load is, and possibly know the delivery time.
4. Theft recovery
Vehicles and equipment are some of the most expensive assets a company owns. A GPS tracking system provides insight into the unauthorized use of a vehicular asset. By tracking your assets, you know at all times which driver is using your vehicles and their location.
Advanced features like “geofencing” will provide alerts when your vehicle operates outside its designated location or hours of operation. In cases where a vehicle or equipment is stolen, GPS tracking devices help authorities recover your asset, and you can avoid expensive replacement costs or insurance deductibles.
5. Improve customer satisfaction
When a business runs efficiently, there is no doubt that its service delivery will be better. Through the increase in productivity, the customers have products or services delivered to them promptly. Happy customers lead to more customer retention and profits for the business.
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