The Vehicle Tracking Jigsaw Puzzle
The use of vehicle and fleet tracking systems has a whole lot more to offer than simply knowing the location of your vehicles. Their uses have expanded to routing, dispatching, gathering vehicle information and recording data for security purposes.
Onboard Tracking Devices
Traditionally, vehicle tracking works by having GPS devices installed on each vehicle. The system captures and stores information relating to the vehicle’s planned and current location. A host of sensors can also be fitted with the tracking device in order to collect more than just location-based data.
A wide range of information can be captured from these onboard devices. These devices and sensors can collect data relating to fuel levels, distance travelled, tyre pressure and speed levels. This information can be used to understand and correct behaviours that can lead to time and cost savings.
It is through the tracking system that the company receives information and updates. Real-time updates and notifications can be received at the company’s premises. Updates are shown on specialised software which is able to process the information gathered.
Efficiency and effectiveness of use are the true measure of the feasibility of vehicle tracking. Although such systems deal with the acquisition of data, it is in the way a company uses them that the true benefit emerges. Companies may be able to determine ways to save money by finding shorter routes or better manage drivers.
In conclusion, onboard tracking devices plot vehicle locations, provide driver information and monitor fuel consumption. This information can be sent onto a software which can guide the management team to maintain good driving practices, increased productivity, happier customers and higher profits.