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16 Ways GPS Tracking Can Boost Your Fleet's Productivity
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By: Arlette Measures
Important Features of GPS Tracking Systems

GPS technology has the capability to report the current location of your drivers, how many stops they make, their response times, and even how fast they are driving.

Starts and Stops reports each time engines on your vehicles are turned on or off. This feature is included in most GPS systems.

Integrated Maps within the tracking system enable you to view driver or vehicle locations on a map. Your reports will include a link to the map.

Daily Usage breaks down the daily travel data of a vehicle, including the starting and ending position for each vehicle.

Driver Analysis reports on the daily usage of a specific driver. You can see the duration of the trip, maximum speed, vehicle idle time and total distance covered by an individual driver. This feature is very useful for comparing the performance of your drivers.

Mobile reporting lets you access live reports even when you are away, using an app on your iPhone or Android mobile device.

Drawbacks to Be Aware Of

In some countries, you will encounter legal issues regarding the use of tracking technology. In the UK, for example, the law requires companies to inform drivers if they use tracking devices to monitor vehicles for any purpose aside from asset tracking.

Another potential drawback is one you may encounter with a less expensive form of GPS tracking; cell phone tracking. Cell phones can be more easily turned off, disabled, or purposely misplaced by employees who wish to avoid having their movements tracked.

Over dependence on the tracking system can be a disadvantage if the system is ever temporarily out of service and drivers have to perform tasks without the aid of the GPS.

'Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a GPS Fleet Software Vendor'

Should You Choose an Active or Passive System?

These are the two basic types of GPS tracking systems. Some companies utilize both types of systems; other users have a strong preference for one type or the other. The choice you make depends on your business and its needs. Here is a summary of the pros and cons to help you decide.

An active system collects driver and/or vehicle activity data in real time and sends this information directly to the central network. The vehicle’s current position and other relevant data can be accessed online via the company’s computer system, or remotely using a smart phone.

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