Many people consider vehicle tracking to be an intrusive way for businesses to ‘spy’ on their staff. The reality, however, could not be further from the truth.
In a world that is now increasingly reliant on data, as businesses we are constantly looking to utilise innovative technology to speed up processes while reducing costs. In the same way that email revolutionised business communications in the early nineties, vehicle tracking is shaking up almost every aspect of the transport sector.
Vehicle tracking or ‘black box’ technology as it is more commonly known, consists of a device that is installed into a vehicle which collects data and then transmits this data via GPS/GPRS to provide business insights into driver locations, driving styles and underlying vehicle health issues. So, if vehicle tracking isn’t for spying on staff, why are businesses using it?
Many companies, whether they own just four vehicles or 4000 vehicles, can benefit from telematics. It is vital that fleet managers are able to identify where their vehicles are at all times as customers rely on them to deliver their services as promised – efficiently, promptly and on schedule. By using vehicle tracking, fleet managers have access to in-depth overviews on the whereabouts of goods, whether they are on schedule and even information on tachograph information which is imperative to ensuring the fleet vehicles and drivers remain compliant with law.
Running a safe and compliant fleet will always remain a top priority for any fleet owner, therefore, it is crucial that risky behaviours that can lead to accidents can be avoided wherever possible. Besides locations, vehicle tracking devices allow fleet managers to monitor details such as vehicle speed, harsh acceleration, heavy braking and sharp cornering which undoubtedly increases the risk of a vehicle being involved in a collision. By monitoring driver behaviour, fleet managers can identify high-risk behaviours with a view to increasing safety on the road and in turn, reducing costs that surround damaged vehicles, compensation and insurance claims. Driver behaviour monitoring also has a huge impact on fuel costs. By driving within the speed limit and implementing smooth driving styles, fleets have experienced staggering fuel savings of up to 15%.
Although businesses can mitigate the risk of being involved in an accident, not all are preventable. When a fleet vehicle is involved in a crash, it causes major disruption to scheduled activities and can leave businesses without valuable assets for a long time. With vehicle tracking devices, fleet managers are notified when a vehicle has been involved in an accident as the installed dongle can sense impact severity. This allows contingency plans to be put in place almost immediately, and the emergency services are called if necessary.
These GPS tracking systems work by creating a geofence around a company’s assets such as construction equipment. The system can be activated over the telephone or by computer and the instant the asset travels outside the perimeter an alarm is immediately sent to a dispatch center. Police are notified and the missing equipment is tracked down, often within an hour.
Another law enforcement use is the recovery of stolen vehicles providing the owner of the stolen vehicle invested in a GPS tracking system.
Some of the benefits of theft protection:
* Save money through lower insurance premiums
* Decrease personnel down-time due to stolen equipment
* Meet customer deadlines by ensuring equipment is available when needed
* Peace of mind
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