Why (and How) to Track Your Company Vehicles
Managing a fleet of vehicles requires constant troubleshooting. Accidents, speeding tickets -- the list of unexpected incidents that can occur on the road goes on and on. Thankfully, it’s now possible to identify and respond to problems as they occur. In some cases, you can even prevent them from happening.
How? Enter GPS telematics, a type of tracking system that lets you monitor your fleet remotely. The benefits of such a service are immense, both for your business and your employees.
Let’s start with safety. Monitoring your drivers’ activity allows you to spot reckless behavior like speeding, and address the issue with that person before an accident occurs. This makes the road less dangerous, and it also saves you money: by identifying drivers’ weak spots and training them to improve, insurance costs go down. In the unfortunate case a driver gets into an accident, GPS telematics enables you to locate the vehicle and send help.
The system also protects against theft. Geo-fencing features can alert you when a vehicle strays off its intended course, or when it is used outside standard business hours, tipping you off to unusual activity right away.
Finally, tracking provides you with the data points to optimize your fleet. As the business maxim goes, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” GPS telematics provides the necessary measurements, not just about drivers’ habits, but also about the fleet itself. For example, you’ll receive an alert when one of your vehicles is close to needing a service change. This proactive approach to maintenance, in which issues are resolved before they become problems, increases efficiency and reduces repair and maintenance costs. What’s more, knowing where your vehicles are at all times allows you to adopt more efficient routes and schedules for your drivers, cutting redundancies and improving overall operations.
How it works.
The tracking service’s value is simple to understand, and even simpler to use. To begin, all you have to do is put a GPS telematic device inside the vehicle you want to monitor, and it will begin tracking its location. (Additional sensors are available for tracking temperature and vibration.)
This data is sent over a mobile network to the cloud, which can be accessed via an online portal. From there, you can monitor, troubleshoot, and streamline fleet-related issues in real time.
At Sprint, we are proud of our fleet and asset tracking solutions. With over 10 years of experience in the space, we’ve designed services that are not only easy to set up and intuitive to use, but customizable. And while we work closely with the industry’s top vendors, our approach is vendor-neutral, which means our top priority is always finding and providing a solution that works best for you and your company.
It’s 2018. Business runs on data, and for any company that uses or manages vehicles, monitoring these valuable assets is a vital part of keeping operations running smoothly, safely, and cost-effectively.