Monitor Fleet Activities With Gps Tracking Systems

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One of the more innovative factors improving efficiency in company truck fleets is Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking device. It helps companies save money and monitor vehicle usage, maintenance issues and employee habits. Whether it is a small or large company, each commercial vehicle can be fitted with a GPS tracking system which can be interfaced through the company headquarters.

The number of vehicles monitored by the GPS tracking services is limited only by the number of devices the company is using. The systems work on commercial trucks and vans. GPS tracking devices are not yet available for tractor-trailers, but the technology for this is currently under development.

Some models feature onboard diagnostics. This is an interface between a device mounted on the vehicle and a computer database accessible by a computerized program from the business' headquarters. A report can be generated as needed.

A GPS device can track a number of characteristics on the vehicle.

*Speed - The vehicle's speedometer is monitored to report how fast it goes at any given time. This allows the company to see who is exceeding the speed limit and how often the vehicle is left stationary.

*Idle - With companies that provide delivery services, the issue of how long a driver remains in the idle mode at the pick-up or drop-off destination sometimes comes into question. The device will monitor how long the truck or van sits in the same position without moving while the motor is running.

*Location - The GPS system can pinpoint the exact location of a vehicle at any given time. In the event of an emergency, the driver and vehicle can be located. This is especially helpful if there is an accident or natural disaster that prevents normal communication between the driver and dispatch.

*Route - The exact route of transport from Point A to Point B is recorded. The company can see how the driver travels from place to place, how fast they move and at what time of day the vehicle is performing the delivery.

*Fuel - the consumption of fuel is also tracked and recorded in the database. This will let a business know there is an issue before a serious problem occurs. When a truck or van is not getting the expected miles per gallon on fuel, this is a signal that something may be amiss. They can then check for proper tire inflation, fuel system anomalies or improper driver behavior.
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This article was published on 2011/01/20