On: 29/03/2012 16:15 In: Vehicle Tracking
Businesses have to stay lean and profitable in order to be successful, with of course no compromises on quality of services rendered to the customer as well as compensations meted out to the staff. The success of the entire supply chain is often governed by the last mile of the delivery process that relies heavily on vehicles used to transport end products. By constantly tracking, monitoring and improving the goods transportation process, it is possible to optimise operating costs at several levels, increasing profitability, ensuring high safety levels and reducing unwarranted expenses.
Vehicles in a transport fleet can be remotely monitored using GPS based hardware installed on each unit, providing invaluable information on assets on the move. Businesses will be able to monitor the entire fleet of vehicles using fleet tracking, from a centralised location, and track all vehicles in real time. GPS-enabled trackers provide information on the exact location of the vehicles en-route to their destinations, traffic problems and accidents if any, time taken to traverse the distance along a given path, diversions taken if any, downtime during delivery, speed of vehicles, rash driving, as well as fuel consumption.
While some of the information on time, distance, speed, and fuel consumption actually helps to cut down or optimise costs; insurance cover, improved service levels for the end-user, and the safety benefits of remote asset management are notable. It helps pinpoint the exact location of the vehicles, when drivers and vehicles are involved in accidents, making it easier for timely help to reach the right place. Monitoring speeds in fact provide vital information on health or emotional states of the drivers, and help prevent accidents related to drunken driving, speeding or bad driving habits. Remote Asset Management also benefits businesses by helping to notify authorities when vehicles are stolen, carjacked, and drivers are robbed or attacked, with no means to communicate back home. Remote Asset Management helps immediate deployment of recovery vehicles in case of unexpected vehicle breakdowns to minimise traffic congestions.
Geofencing is an important security requirement in environments, where access is strictly restricted. GPS trackers on vehicles also help to track explicit access violations when vehicles are moved in to or out of restricted areas any time of the day, without relevant authorisation. Business fleets deployed to transport goods, when tracked using GPS enabled hardware, not only save costs and enhance timely service, but also help to carry out the job in a safe and secure manner.