GPS Tracking: Managing Your Fleet Efficiently

Posted on Sep 28 2013 - 9:40am by Cathy Brunetti

GPS tracking systemYour company’s vehicles and their contents are among your most valuable assets. This is why it is very important to install GPS tracking devices on your vehicles to get updated location information on all your trailers and assets. These devices are great for asset tracking and are also useful for inventory control and theft prevention.

What is a GPS?
GPS , which stands for Global Positioning System, is a satellite navigation system that determines the location of any individual or vehicle carrying a GPS receiver. GPS uses more than two dozen satellites orbiting the earth. The satellites transmit radio signals to help determine the location, speed, and direction of users with GPS receivers.

Once the device is attached to the vehicle, it can provide location and route updates. Vehicle owners can use GPS to track vehicles online and provide the location of the trailer being tracked. GPS tracking systems can be viewed in real time and features a map in the background to show the current location of an object or of the following vehicles:

Shipping Vehicles
These vehicles are trucks that transport cargo, across the town or country. GPS tracking software allows owners to monitor the shipment’s progress and anticipate delays in deliveries. Through delivery notices and arrival estimates, business owners can reduce employee idle time.

Delivery Truck and Vans
These are the vehicles used by delivery companies that offer real-time tracking for customers. The GPS device allows companies to provide more specific route information and know exactly when a package will arrive.

Service Vehicles
As service vehicles’ schedules are very unpredictable, installing a GPS device can help you estimate their arrival times. The device can help the company to monitor the vehicle’s whereabouts and give accurate information to waiting customers.

Quick Response Vehicles
GPS devices are also important for quick response vehicles such as ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars. GPS can help vehicles get directions and avoid traffic during an emergency. The software also enables the dispatcher to provide their drivers with valuable route information.

With a GPS tracking device, you can now monitor your vehicles’ activities efficiently. This can also help you supervise the work of your vehicle outside to know drivers who are idle or those that use it for other purposes. Check online to know where to find a GPS tracking device that suits your business needs.