Ask Me Anything: Answering Your Questions About Vehicle Tracking Systems

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Whether your transportation business is expanding beyond belief, or you have started a new venture in the freight industry, inculcating a vehicle tracking system into your operations is a must. However, it is not uncommon for people to be vary of new technologies, for the fear of not understanding it. So they choose to steer clear of new things in the field of technology. But to expand a business, your organization needs to be equipped with GPS vehicle trackers to serve as your silent guide and advisor. So we answer questions you may have about vehicle tracking systems.

 

  1. Is a vehicle tracking system supported on a mobile phone?

 

Most definitely. A vehicle tracking system comes in two parts: The GPS tracker device, that is deployed on the vehicle, and a platform to manage and monitor the dashboard where the data is collected and displayed. Since it is apparent that your fleet will be on the move, you would not be able to keep tabs on its position and situation. Hence mobile applications are required to log into your GPS tracking software. Thus, you can be assured that your vehicle is where it is supposed to be while monitoring it from your mobile phone.

 

2. How are notifications provided? Can they be modified as needed?

 

A vehicle tracking system comes equipped with standard alerts that reach you in the form of app notifications. Apart from those, you can also set alerts for other functionalities that the GPS based vehicle tracking system has to offer. This can be done on the basis of your needs and requirements. So, for instance, if you wish to know if your vehicle is exceeding the idling time buffer, you can set up a notification for it and will be instantly informed if and when that happens.

 

3. What areas of the business will a vehicle tracking system affect?

 

A vehicle tracking system affects two verticals of your business: cost optimisation and resource management. When we talk about cost optimisation, it trickles down to fuel saving, elongating vehicle life and establishing a loyal customer base. Fuel saving comes from route optimisation from the GPS tracker. You can carry that out by studying past patterns of routes being taken by your crew and coming up with best possible circuits for them to take. Secondly, vehicle life can be extended with a good GPS vehicle tracker. The dashboard displays the life of the vehicle thus far, and also provides upcoming maintenance activities that need to be taken care of. And finally, a vehicle tracking system helps in cemented a strong customer base. Because your routes will be optimised and your vehicle healthy, you would be able to achieve timely deliveries and reach your targets on time. When a good and reliable service is provided by a shipping company, customers are bound to return.

Coming on to resource management, as a fleet owner you will have broadly two resources to take care of: your fleet, and your staff. You would be able to stay on top of where your vehicle is, knowing that it is not being misused. And then subsequently you would be able to track the performance of your crew, how they are functioning and if they are driving value into the company as per your expectations. As your business size increases, so will the size of your team, which in turn would make their management a tedious task. But with a vehicle tracking system, you be able to supervise your crew deftly.

 

4. Would a vehicle tracking system prove to be a good investment?

 

If as a business owner your goal is to reduce workforce expenses, generate more profit, put an end to theft and diminish wastage of company resources, then yes, a vehicle tracking system will most definitely prove to be a good investment for your company. A product proves to have a good return on investment if the management is willing to make the necessary changes in the company guidelines to back the product, and the will to implement the changes. And when you notice the positive changes that a GPS tracker will bring to your business, you would be more than willing to jump on the bandwagon.

Number of accidents will reduce, and productivity will be on the rise. It also gives you the opportunity to hire good quality crew for your fleet. Knowing that their performance will be under scrutiny, you would be able to filter out candidates who are actually willing to put in the effort and the hours needed. They would also refrain from over speeding and give more attention to driving than to personal use of the vehicle. A vehicle tracking system will also help you in managing and crosscheck expense claims and insurance tariffs.