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What is it?
Vehicle tracking software has been around for a while, albeit in a way different form than it is today. The most popular example that people will know is LoJack, which helped to find stolen cars and was mainly used by police. But the software has since evolved into something much much more complex and therefore informative to the user. On all accounts it will be able to digitize and synthesize a wealth of knowledge that can help improve cost efficiency.
Let’s go into the minutiae of the software and then we can get into how it will help your business and what it costs.
What does it do and why should you care?
Vehicle tracking software, also known as GPS fleet tracking, gives you a deep connection to vehicles in your fleet. At any given time you can check on ay number of statuses within your vehicles. You should care because of the immense amount of insight into even the smallest details of your business.
It can provide monitoring of vehicles and assets, which gives you access to the vehicle and whatever is in it, whenever, meaning information 24/7 if need be. This type of monitoring provides an employer the insight into whether or not a package was delivered and if a route is on time. Giving you the ability to see when packages are delivered helps to take out the worry of late packages or even not being delivered at all. This provides information about the interaction of your company with the customer which let’s you know if they were absolutely delivered or not in case of a claim made by the customer. Essentially acting as a safeguard in the process.
Tracking software will be able to reduce fuel consumption and waste. It helps to reduce fuel consumption in a couple different ways. One way is rerouting to find the quickest route, it also has the ability to track idle times that could be affecting overall consumption and waste. And then it can help to cut it out by advising the drivers on better driving practices to avoid traffic and idling.
A classic trait of these systems is the ability to track the vehicle in case of theft. As soon as the vehicle leaves a specific area you can track it and the driver to ensure they are still in control of the vehicle and if not, you know exactly where it is going.
The software gives you insight into diagnostics and the most recent maintenance done to the vehicle. The most efficient vehicle is the one that is up to date on all types of maintenance and addresses problems immediately, using this software you can ensure a long life for your vehicle.
And one of the biggest benefits of it, is the ability to track your driver and the behavior. Your vehicle can be in tip-top shape but with a reckless driver the risk of insurance costs, damaged goods, and wasted time it can all be for nothing.
You can exercise complete control of your enterprise. By being able to locate where vehicles are, how employees work, and maintenance issues whenever they arise you can mitigate costs and use the most beneficial and productive measure to ensure your businesses success.
Why You Might Need This
Now that you see what it can do, you need to figure out if you need it. Here area couple of questions you can ask yourself. Do you have a fleet of vehicles and want to optimize costs for your company? Do you need to track employees after you’ve had a couple of problems with vehicle accidents? Do you want to be able to track goods more efficiently?
If you answered yes to any of these than you should continue reading. If you’re still unsure if it’s worth it, let’s go over some types of companies that use it and if you are in competition with any of them than you’ll see if it’s beneficial to stay up to date with your competitors.
Who uses it
Medical equipment transportation, delivery services, and service providers all use a vehicle tracking software. Medical equipment transportation uses the software in order to ensure that the precious cargo, in forms of very expensive equipment, does not get damaged in the process of transporting. While delivery services benefit from knowing that their drivers deliver packages undamaged and on time. And finally service providers need to know that their drivers are as efficient as possible when they either install or fix something in a customer’s home. This knowledge is immensely beneficial for the employer to know about their business.
Now that you see some types of competitors that utilize it let’s see the companies that provide the software.
Who Offers It?
This is will create quite a diverse list of companies that offer vehicle tracking services. There are a few companies that consistently find their software topping best-of lists. Let’s synthesize some of them for you here with some pros and cons.
Verizon Networkfleet is constantly on top of the lists. They offer high readability, customizable reports and very easy to use software. The drivers however can see the information which might cause them to adjust their practices without actually benefiting your business.
Fleetistics is able to give you accurate information between vehicles. The information is easily presented and very easy to track. The one con here is that drivers can access and therefore possibly tamper the evidence.
NexTraq gives you an interactive map, great customer service, and easy tracking. The only negative thing is that it doesn’t provide you with fault codes on your vehicles.
The cost of all of these services will vary among providers and the specific items that you need to come along with it. There are a few things you need to consider. There will be a startup fee, cancellation fee, price per vehicle per month, and installation costs. With all things consider it can cost anywhere from $30.00 to over $900.00. The price will vary according to your needs.
While you won’t find a completely free vehicle tracking software company you can utilize some free demos to see if it’s right for you. For instance Fleet Manager by GPDTrackit, Fleet Commander by Agile Access Control, and Manager Plus all offer a free demo. If anything you can give the software a demo to see if it’s worth keeping and how it impacts your productivity.
Vehicle tracking software can provide immense insight into your business and what you can do to improve it, for those reasons you might consider looking into finding the right software for your company and it’s needs.