Fleet tracking devices have come of age, and in the past 2 years we have seen rapid strides being made in the feature-set on offer. Continuous efforts by the fleet tracking companies have enabled the fleet tracking software to become more feature-rich and more useful to the fleet manager.
One of the chief benefits being provided by fleet trackers is the fact that it allows a fleet supervisor or a manager to plan the route of fleet vehicles more efficiently and react to emergency situations by altering the routes in real-time. It is clear that many organizations that make use of fleet trackers have reported cost optimization by reducing losses on account of poor route planning of the fleet.
For a fleet that is running into hundreds of vehicles, the losses from inefficient route planning can have a significant impact on the operational expenses of the fleet. A fleet stands to lose resources such as valuable time and fuel on account of traditional systems of route planning. And this becomes especially true when no efforts are made to store and analyze historical route data of the fleet vehicles.
Efficient route planning can result from a successful and comprehensive route audit that involves study of historical route data. A fleet tracking device stores GPS data on the database servers. This data can then be used to prepare a benchmark route schema for the entire fleet of vehicles.
Based on multiple variables such as the time taken to reach the destination, impediments (if any) on the route, susceptibility to uncontrollable factors such as weather in difficult terrains and other logistical problems, a fleet manager can take better decisions in terms of deployment of fleet vehicles on a particular route. Such a decision will normally lead to a better management of available fleet resources.
Additionally, the availability of information on route metrics such as distance between 2 locations, availability of alternate routes between 2 locations, and the quality of the routes in terms of size of the roads, congestion on the roads will allow the entire fleet management team to arrive at better decisions in terms of reliability of all the fleet operations.
One must understand that a fleet tracker is much like a device that comprises of software elements, GPS elements and hardware elements. At best, it can collect data and present it to you. It is eventually the job of a fleet manager to evolve schemes that help him optimize the fleet operations and derive maximum value after analyzing the data and information offered by a fleet tracker.
To know more about fleet tracking, please visit our website.