How does GPS truck tracking work?
Reliant on telematics installed in the vehicle, truck tracking systems complete a range of functions by collecting vehicle location, activity data, driver inputted information that is typically combined with sensors, hard-wired engine diagnostics, driver input in-cabin technology, and GPS enabled devices. The data collected by telematics is communicated through a secure telecommunications network and is visualised in a web-based software platform allowing fleet managers and business owners to run reports potentially exposing inefficiencies and make informed business decisions in real-time.
HOW DOES GPS TRUCK TRACKING BENEFIT BUSINESSES?
Reduce Fuel Spend
Whether you are saving money on fuel by optimising routes or monitoring driver behaviour to reduce idle time and aggressive driving habits – like speeding or harsh acceleration – GPS truck tracking systems provide the data that enable fleet managers in the business to implement processes that lead to cost savings. With accurate data and instant alerts, senior management can leverage truck tracking systems to coach drivers on unsafe practices and poor driving behaviours that are putting themselves and the business at risk. By improving routes by understanding jobs and localised traffic hotspots, better training staff to understand the real costs to the business, and monitoring idling while on the road, you're able to reduce the rate of fuel used as well as the cost of fuel in the business.
Improve Driver Behaviour
With the analytics provided by the telematics system, drivers are able to understand their poor habits and correct them with audible and visual alerts from their in-cab device. Truck tracking can be used as a behavioural learning system by actively warning drivers when safe driving violations - such a speeding - occur as well as a platform to reward drivers for their improvement. With the data, you can construct personalised training programs to help drivers with their driving habits based on real information. Truck tracking systems can be a tool used to coach high risk drivers and reward your safest. In addition, you're able to further identify underlying trends across that fleet, for example, issues with vehicles rather than the driver.
Increase Customer Satisfaction
With precise truck location tracking, the business is able to benefit instantly by providing instant feedback to customer requests - such as knowing how far off a driver is to deliver the customer's package(s), or redirect the nearest drivers to them. By optimising routes to get to customers quicker, and complete more jobs per day, you can reduce delays and improve on customer satisfaction. Telematics can also be used to digitise the job management procesess and provide an electronic means for drivers to complete jobs and capture signatures on screen. This automation provides a higher level of assurance of productivity in the business, allowing the business to be more efficient for the customer as jobs can be booked electronically rather than tracking down details or drivers manually.
Data & Asset Security
Fleet management systems that provide truck tracking functionality operate via secure means, ensuring that data is safe and only accessible to those with correct access. Beyond data security, is the security of your assets. Alerts can be created to trigger when a vehicle or asset is used outside specific times (such as after 5pm), or outside of specific sites (via geofences) to help recover the assets quicker and notify authorities instantly. To a business, this means that the operation can back to normal quicker, rather than having to purchase or hire assets that were stolen.
With telematics and truck tracking, you are able to get proactive with maintenance. Schedules and alerts allow you to know when vehicles are due for routine maintenance (based on time/date, odometer value or engine hours). When paired with electronic checklists, unexpected maintenance can be reduced or resolved quicker. Maintenance staff are able to flag the vehicle before it leaves the yard or order parts in time for when the vehicle returns to the yard. Proper maintenance schedules ensure fleet compliance with safety regulations and can assist in lower repair cost over time as well as increasing your vehicle’s life cycle. Electronic driver vehicle inspection alerts can often by incorporated in trucking tracking systems allowing business to ensure vehicles are fit for purpose, that pre-trip compliance is adhered to and any defects are dealt with in a timely manner.
Receive daily, weekly or monthly activity logs to see exactly where your vehicles and mobile assets are spending most of their time. This continues to ensure you and everyone in the transport chain are managing risk, helps ensure compliance is monitored and audited, along with verifying drivers are adhering to regulations and can help to ensure everyone in your supply chain are following the procedures. Through activity reporting and real-time analytics that truck tracking can provide, the business is best prepared for issues that arise, will managing risk proactively to reduce occurances.
Traditionally, routes for a driver a typically followed on paper maps, or generally based on runs completed historically. Online tools like Google Maps has gone to help provide a means to verify locations and give drivers a general path to follow, the need for a thorough solution that takes on board the vehicle as well as the roads is important. This is the case for those transporting hazardous or dangerous materials, or completing contracts with specific requirements. These tools can be used to take on board things like size, weight and load to provide the business with a means to better serve their customers while staying to the correct and optimal roads.
Monitor and Assure Compliance
Everyone in the transport and supply chain is liable. The need to manage risk is important. With GPS truck tracking capabilities, you can provide an increased level of assurance, from fatigue and speed to mass and maintenance. The integrated system is able to help drivers stay aware of their requirements, give instant feedback to help manage their compliance in real-time and give the business a means to electronically capture compliance data to reduce the workload required to complete audits and fulfill regulations and their requirements. Using the in-cab device, the driver is easily able to follow fatigue requirements with their data broken down to the second to help them understand their position, will giving them real-time speed information, help them record vehicle maintenance faults in real-time, and more.