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Tracking: Picking up the perfect vehicle tracking system for your business
A vehicle tracking system is an electronic device which uses GPS technology to record or send out live data from any vehicle in which a transmitter is installed. The tracking device is usually hidden under the dashboard and requires no input or intervention from the driver. At the other end of the system, information such as speed, direction, route, engine data and driving behavior statistics can be read via the Internet or on downloadable software.
There are many different makes and models of business vehicle tracking systems to choose from, however. So knowing which one will fit your specific needs (and budget) can be difficult.
Business vehicle tracking choices
There are two different systems that can track business vehicles; a live (active) system or a log (passive) system. The decision will depend on two factors, cost and data transmission speed.
How does it work?
Perfect solution for
Live GPS tracking
Data is transmitted in real time from the vehicle via GPS and updated every few seconds.
Instant data analysis made possible.
Helps to avoid bad traffic and easily find the best available route.
Adapt instantly to new developments and make the most informed choices.
Improving customer service with automatic delivery or pick up status.
Allocating drivers to specific jobs and maximising fleet efficiency.
Managing the logistics of a large fleet of vehicles.
Businesses that specialise in asset management, delivery, customer transport or dispatch.
Business activity is recorded whilst the vehicle is in use but not transmitted. The log is stored and downloaded at base, either automatically over a wireless connection or manually by connecting a data key.
Data is easy to store and can be viewed whenever it is needed or when it is convenient.
Less intrusive for drivers.
Monitoring long-term driver behaviour and fuel costs.
Record keeping, auditing and billing.
Businesses where real time information is not required or would be hard to monitor.
Is it possible to customize for your business?
With so much choice on the market, it is likely you will find a readymade business vehicle tracking solution that is perfectly fit for your business. And this can be ideal if you want to hit the ground running with little training or start up time. However, one of the great benefits about car tracking devices is their ability to be customized and enhanced to fit your precise business needs:
- Create a bespoke report template. Whilst most vehicle trackers come with easy to customise display formats (allowing you to choose where and how data is viewed) more specific solutions can be developed.
- Tracking systems for cars can be integrated with company’s existing software if required, such as scheduling software.
- A wealth of add-on features such as two way messaging between the business vehicle and base, switching between private and business mileage, navigation systems, panic buttons and driver ID
Always make sure that suppliers who offer great customisation options are top of your list.