GPS fleet tracking systems for fleet management are an effective method of improving driver safety, helping to reduce accidents and fuel use. It can also reduce insurance and maintenance costs.
How do vehicle GPS tracking systems work? How specifically can they make a business more profitable? And what about privacy concerns?
Firstly, let’s look at the benefits of GPS vehicle tracking and how it makes a business more profitable, reducing operating costs thus improving its growth potential and subsequent job security for employees.
Reduce company fleet costs including fuel
Running a fleet of company vehicles is expensive. Aside from the invested capital there are the ongoing costs of insurance, maintenance, repairs and fuel (including idling). GPS vehicle tracking software can help you to monitor and manage fuel usage and costs, potentially reducing them by 33%. Using vehicle tracking to actively manage driver behaviour can also reduce wear and tear on vehicles, reduce insurance premiums and excesses and lower maintenance costs by only servicing vehicles when actually needed, instead of at arbitrary intervals.
Increase the productivity of your vehicle fleet
GPS tracking your company fleet vehicles allows supervisors to review how and where vehicles are being used, and if they could be allocated more effectively (potentially allowing some vehicles to be sold off). Daily routes can also be checked for efficiency to see if jobs should be reassigned or drivers coached on how to use their time more effectively. Features such as route optimisation and geofences can help organise teams of drivers in a more productive way.
Improve your fleet’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)
Company fleet drivers spend a lot of time on the road, increasing the risk they could endanger other road users through poor driving performance, overwork, tiredness behind the wheel or speeding. Using a vehicle tracking system to proactively manage and coach employees shows that you care about the public and want to do everything you can to make sure your drivers are as safe as possible at all times.
An easier way to achieve legal compliance for your fleet
Company vehicle fleets are required to comply with a lot of different legal obligations here in New Zealand, particularly around health and safety. GPS technology can make this easier, automating certain aspects of your data collection such as mileage by driver, speeding incidents, off-road driving (for fuel tax rebates) as well as private vs public KMs.
Reduce car accidents and insurance costs
Vehicle tracking systems offer companies an excellent set of tools to implement a safe-driving programme. It can target the most common causes of accidents such as speeding, tiredness and distracted driving. Dashboard cameras can also help protect drivers from liability claims and speed up processing of insurance paperwork. Some insurance companies offer premium or excess discounts for fleets that have vehicle tracking systems and driver coaching programmes that promote safe driving.
Frequently asked questions
What equipment is needed to set up a GPS tracking software system?
A GPS tracking software is a combination of telematics software and hardware devices (for both reading data and receiving it).
In the vehicle, GPS trackers are installed in order to collect the relevant data. The type of tracker will depend on the needs of your business and vehicles.
Back in the fleet manager’s office a computer is needed to connect to the telematics software online (provided as an internet service, or SaaS). This allows the manager to view data collected by the vehicle’s GPS trackers, including information such as driver behaviour with a user friendly interface.
How does a vehicle tracking system work?
Vehicle tracking systems use GPS tracking devices installed on company cars, utes and vans, along with sophisticated fleet management software to provide managers with an accurate picture of how company vehicles are being used.
First, a GPS tracking device (with a SIM card for cellular data connectivity, to any New Zealand network) is installed in the vehicle (normally under the dashboard, near the vehicle’s steering wheel or glovebox). The device is activated and registered on a telematics system, and it’s now ready to start recording data.
Now, when the vehicle is driven, the vehicle's engine computer sends data to the GPS tracking device, and then transmitted (along with GPS location - latitude and longitude) to a fleet tracking service, like Inseego Fleet (also called GPS tracking software) via the mobile cellular data network.
This information is received by the vehicle tracking system in real time, providing an onscreen dashboard showing data such as fuel consumption, vehicle location, current speed and direction, along with engine performance such as battery voltage, temperature and warning alerts.
Other software systems (such as time clock applications) can connect to the GPS tracking software solution via API connections.
What are the benefits of choosing Inseego for vehicle tracking systems?
Our vehicle tracking software is very flexible and adaptable to the specific needs and budget of your fleet operations. We have access to a wide variety of different types of tracking devices for multiple applications and a range of features and functionality including on-board video cameras and security systems to keep drivers safe and productive.
What kind of vehicles is Inseego able to track?
The wide range of GPS trackers we supply means there is almost no limit on the types of vehicles you can track with us. From regular fleet cars for city driving to off-highway vehicles (OHV) and everything in between, your entire can be tracked.
What is a vehicle tracking system?
A vehicle tracking system is technology that uses GPS tracking devices to record driving data and transmit this in real time to telematics software (also called GPS tracking software or vehicle tracking software).
How are vehicle trackers installed on a fleet?
A GPS tracking device (with a SIM card for cellular data connectivity) is installed in the vehicle (normally under the dashboard, near the vehicle’s steering wheel or glovebox). The device is activated and registered on a telematics system, and it’s now ready to start recording data.
How do I know a fleet vehicle tracking system is right for my business?
GPS fleet tracking has a wide variety of benefits for any business that has employees who drive company vehicles. Even fleets with just a few vehicles can see a positive return on investment, when it comes to GPS vehicle tracking. Talk to one of our sales team to learn more about our flexible fleet management solutions.