Many businesses hesitate to invest in a fleet management system because they don’t know how a GPS tracking system can work in their favour. Vimcar believes fleet management can benefit all businesses, big or small, so we have put together a comprehensive use case so you can see exactly how the best GPS tracker, Fleet Geo, is already benefiting UK companies.
What is GPS Tracking?
GPS tracking for business vehicles is a useful and money saving tool revered by company owners and fleet managers across industries and countries. What GPS tracking is is quite simple: a tracking device that provides information on the exact location of the vehicle it is installed on. The best gps tracker is one that is reliable, affordable and easy to install and uninstall.
How Does GPS Tracking Work?
GPS tracking works by using the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) network. Once you have installed a Vimcar GPS tracking device into your company vehicle the transmitter will communicate with satellites providing you with the exact position of your vehicle at regular intervals of about 20 seconds.
What is GPS Tracking For?
For businesses that rely on motor vehicles for business purposes, GPS tracking is a necessary technological tool to keep vehicles safe, moving and better managed. But it’s not just that GPS tracking benefits a company. Rather, surveys have shown that the lack of a GPS tracking system within a vehicle fleet is actually detrimental to the growth of those businesses.
This is because without the help of the best GPS tracking systems on the market many businesses struggle to meet the demands and expectations of their clients and industry. Outdated and complicated GPS trackers increase operational cost and slows down driver scheduling.
How Does GPS Tracking Work For Businesses?
It may sound too good to be true but the best GPS trackers are capable of solving many different problems business fleets face regardless of size or industry. Here are some of the different problems that GPS tracking can solve:
- Lessen Vehicle Misuse
- Route Optimisation
- Improve Customer Service
- Theft Prevention
- Driver Location
- Reduced Fuel Costs
The Best GPS Tracker Is Not The One With The Most Features, But The One That Is The Most Practical And User Friendly.
Feature 1: Driver Identification & Vehicle Tracking
The driver identification tracking tool is one of Vimcar’s newer features. Along with tracking pool vehicles, fleet managers can now track which drivers are using which vehicles. This is done with the help of a small Bluetooth device that drivers can attach to their key-chaines or simply place in their pocket.
Vehicle tracking and driver IDs have been proven to help companies in many ways, from reducing vehicle misuse, improving the organisation of day-to-day vehicle movement and providing customers with accurate ETAs on a delivery or arrival of a worker.
Wright’s K9 Security Services was dealing with vehicle misuse within the fleet. Allun Wright, the company founder, wanted to stop unpermitted vehicle use of his company vehicles. As a small business owner he had paid for fuel and fleet vehicles himself. By installing Fleet Geo trackers on his vehicles Wright was able to identify which vehicles were moving outside of business hours.
“We were dealing with vehicle misuse within our fleet. That’s now been solved! Fleet Geo allowed me to monitor drivers’ speeds and distances: I can see if there have been any discrepancies with employees logging in their working times.”Allun Wright, Wright’s K9 Security Services
Feature 2: Route Documentation
Properly and effectively improving driver routes involves more than simple route planning. What is GPS tracking without easy to read route histories? Vimcar’s GPS fleet trackers are ideal for route optimisation because they document not just a vehicles taken route but also stops and idling times. With this kind of data fleet managers can improve vehicle routes so they’re more efficient and thus more cost-effective.
Having a route documentation feature as part of your GPS tracking product not only improves and optimises vehicle routes, but also secures confidence between a company, its drivers and its customers. With precise and up-to-date data on the whereabouts of a vehicle fleet managers can be sure that their employees arrived at an appointment on time and can provide proof of service to customers.
Fleet Geo’s GPS route tracking feature has become crucial to the success of Doherty’s Meats, a Northern Ireland family owned business. Delivering products that often have a short shelf life, getting to customers quickly is not only ideal but necessary. By installing a GPS tracker Brian McQuaid, the sales and marketing manager, uses the route documentation feature to optimise vehicle routes and to make sure that there are no time-wasting overlaps.
“I can now ascertain whether or not the same vehicles are servicing the same areas and tidy up their route if necessary. We cover the whole of Northern Ireland so looking at route history is really important for us.”Brian McQuaid, Doherty’s Meats
Feature 3: Geofencing and Timefencing
A common question that keeps businesses from investing in a fleet management system is, “how does GPS tracking work when I’m not constantly monitoring it?”. Luckily there is an easy way to feel secure in the whereabouts of your fleet even when you are away from your desk or office. Geofencing and timefencing is a wonderful favourable tracking feature that helps with vehicle security and theft prevention, management of drivers’ movements and creating Clear Air Zone alerts.
Geofences and timefences are an easy to use Fleet Geo feature that allows you to create alarms around your vehicle, either geographically or time based (or a little of both) in order to be immediately notified when a vehicle moves outside of a certain zone or time frame. You can learn more about how geofencing and timefencing works here.
For many businesses geofences are imperative when it comes to keeping vehicles safe. KA Page Groundworks invested in Fleet Geo GPS tracking because vehicles are imperative to their business. The loss of revenue, time and reputation that could come from a stolen vehicle is something that Kevin Page, the company director, cannot afford. Instead KA Page Groundworks opted to invest in Vimcar’s Fleet Geo so that in the case of a vehicle theft they could act quickly and provide the authorities with the vehicle’s live location.
“It addresses the security of our vehicles: Fleet Geo tells us where the vehicles are all the time and we get notified, should the vehicles leave an area.”Kevin Page, KA Page Groundworks
What Is GPS Tracking Going To Do For Your Business?
Fleet Geo is easy-to-install, affordable and comes with consistent customer support. With Vimcar’s Fleet Geo GPS tracker you will feel confident when your drivers are out on a job.
Our sales representatives will speak with you about your current pain points and will walk you through all the ways our GPS tracker can be saving you time and money.