Top Five Global Positioning System Tracking Features to Guarantee Efficient Fleets

Global positioning system (GPS) fleet tracking software provides fleet managers with many tools to improve fleet operations.

May 1st, 2013
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Global positioning system (GPS) fleet tracking software provides fleet managers with many tools to improve fleet operations. These solutions can overload fleet managers with data in many different formats. Determining which features are needed from those that aren't can be a complex procedure. Here are the top five fleet tracking software features that fleet managers should use to drive fleet efficiency and maximize return on investment.

Advanced Reports That Provide Actionable Data and Monitor Productivity

It is important to know that employees are responsibly meeting their objectives and goals. Analyzing the efficiency of the fleet is vital to the overall performance and growth of a business. The data and information that can be retrieved through GPS Insight's fleet tracking software provides reports to measure fleet utilization, driver behavior and dispatch efficiency. Fleet managers can use this company's reporting to monitor driver behavior, analyze drive time, validate fuel usage to eliminate waste and more.

Access to Unlimited Historical Data

Most fleet tracking software limits users to three to 12 months of vehicle location data. GPS Insight, however, provides unlimited historical data to clients. Clients use this historical data for year-over-year comparisons of vehicle, driver and other fleet data to monitor changes in fleet operations. In addition, historical data is useful when compiling International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) tax reports or when reconciling billing. Comparing past and current numbers, and analyzing the savings to a fleet's bottom line over time will help make the essential modifications to continue to give a fleet a competitive advantage.

Real-time Alerts

No one has the time to monitor a fleet 24 hours a day. Most fleet managers prefer to manage by exception when vehicles or drivers are not preforming to expected standards. By setting up alerts, you and your management team will be notified by email or Short Message Service (SMS) text message if and when your drivers are speeding, idling excessively, entering and exiting landmarked zones, driving at abnormal hours, etc. GPS Insight provides configurable alerts so that if something unusual happens, you will immediately know.

Custom-made Landmarks

Landmarks enhance alerts, reports and maps while making them more intuitive and providing a more comprehensive look into a fleet's daily activities. They give more meaning to location information, so, instead of seeing an address, you will see the name of that location-such as Supply House 1. Landmarks can be created to be as exact as you prefer, allowing you to draw around the location on a detailed map, down to the foot. Landmarks also can be imported on a spreadsheet with no limit to how many landmarks can be created. Landmarks are an important feature to understand a fleets' activity.

Optimize Routing

Knowing drivers are being efficient on the road is reassuring for a fleet manager. The routing functionality helps ensure reduced miles, hours and dollars by precisely designing drivers' routes. Routing allows the fleet manager to visually compare a driver's actual route vs. an assigned route in 3-D mapping. It is also useful for visualizing behavior, categorizing customer locations to generate and optimize routes, and adjusting the order of drivers' stops-depending on your time, speed and distance preferences. These routes can be distributed to drivers with a printout, text message or email, or through a Garmin device, which is recommended. Optimizing routes will lead to a substantial return on investment for your business.

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