What is GPS Fleet Tracking
GPS for fleet tracking uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) to monitor and track vehicles in a business fleet. Generally, a GPS module is installed in each vehicle to track the vehicle’s precise location. The modules can also monitor a wide variety of vehicle information including speed, engine start up and shut down, routes and idling.
The information from each vehicle is then often transmitted to a remote user. Depending on the GPS fleet tracking system used, remote users can view maps of vehicle locations and routes or access available reports on vehicle status via the Internet or specialized software.
Business owners, fleet managers and dispatchers commonly use GPS fleet tracking to improve fleet routing and expedite dispatching. In addition, GPS can be used to monitor unwanted driver behavior, reduce fuel consumption, prevent theft and provide various operational efficiencies. Many businesses find that these various cost-cutting benefits of GPS fleet tracking outweigh any costs for the system.
The Fleetmatics solution goes beyond traditional GPS fleet tracking to provide a variety of customizable manager reports that give managers the ability to gauge the effectiveness of their fleet in the field. Customized alerts notify management of unwanted driver behavior and can be used to encourage fuel-saving practices.
GPS fleet tracking has gained wide-spread popularity in the European market and is quickly emerging as an essential business tool in the United States. Once fleet owners install GPS tracking in their vehicles, they quickly discover how important the technology is in streamlining and improving their entire operation in ways never imagined.
Imagine getting a complete, up-to-the-minute picture of your fleet, whether you’re at your desk, on your tablet computer, or using your smartphone. With the Fleetmatics GPS tracking system, you get just that:
i) The location of your fleet vehicles in real time, 24 hours a day from anywhere
ii) The historical status of each vehicle, including when it started up and shut down, as well as its idling status, location, speed, and more
iii) Preventative maintenance information to recognize potential risks
It’s all made possible through our user-friendly GPS Tracking interface that more than 17,000 customers use to easily and effectively manage their vehicle fleets. When using our GPS Tracking system, access is made quite easy with the use of a username and password. For more information on GPS Tracking and the benefits of using Fleetmatics, schedule a demo today.
Get Total Visibility into Vehicle Fleets
With our easy-to-use web-based and mobile fleet tracking applications, you can simply and affordably improve the way you manage your commercial vehicles. How? By tapping into all the vehicle and driver behavioral data at your fingertips to make smarter, timely decisions that help:
- Increase productivity
- Contain fuel costs
- Reduce labor costs
- Improve fleet safety and security
- Enhance customer service
- Minimize operating expenses
- Go green
- Reduce unauthorized vehicle use
View the exact location of every vehicle in your fleet in real time
Live Fleet is available 24/7 and uses mapping by Google Maps API Premier to give you the most accurate maps available with current traffic information. With satellite and hybrid views, you can also provide route information based on visual landmarks to drivers in the field. You can also utilize the "Ride Along" feature which uses Google's Street View, allowing you to virtually sit beside your driver seeing everything he is.
Color Coding Vehicles and Grouping When you look at Live Fleet, assigning a color to different types of vehicles can be beneficial to help visualize if your drivers are where they need to be. If you have multiple techs all working at one job site, but you have three different projects going on at once, you can color code vehicles by job so at a quick glance you can verify that your techs are at the right place.
Going a step further, you can place drivers into Groups. Once a driver is in a group, you can run reports and filter your dashboard by groups you’ve assigned so you can view drivers who are on the same project, have the same job role, or by any other criteria that works best for you. These groups will allow you to more accurately compare drivers with similar job roles, and the groups aren’t mutually exclusive so drivers can be categorized any number of ways.
Fleetmatics helps you respond to customer needs faster and with greater accuracy. With the use of Live Fleet and several reports, you can:
i) Get to your customers faster and respond quickly to customer emergencies
ii) Beat your competition to prospects
iii) Provide historical proof of service
iv) Provide more accurate delivery estimates
v) Make service calls more efficient
vi) Allow your customers to track your vehicles from your website
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