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The Burning Question for Fleet Operators

Rugged Tablet PC for Fleet Operators and TransportationAs more fleet operators deploy Global Positioning System (GPS) fleet tracking solutions in their vehicles, you may have found yourself asking if it is right for your business operations—if not, perhaps you should be. Those using GPS tracking are doing so because they know that whether a company has 5 or 5,000 delivery trucks doing such things as servicing appliances or HVAC components, making deliveries, towing vehicles or maintaining utilities, GPS fleet tracking can help increase productivity and customer satisfaction, complete more on-time customer appointments and improve safety with regular vehicle maintenance.

Now that we’ve determined that GPS fleet tracking is at least worth looking into, consider the following to help determine if you can leverage fleet tracking in your operations:

Estimate how much functionality is required. The following is a list of some of the possibilities:

1. Two-way messaging between the dispatcher and driver

2. In-cab navigation for driver directions

3. Work order status tracking

4. GPS integration with other applications or products

5. The ability to export data

6. Interface with vehicle’s on-board diagnostic computer

7. Determine the most efficient route

8. Mobile version of the GPS fleet tracking application

Estimate potential savings. Use an ROI calculator with your company’s actual data and industry benchmarks to estimate the potential value of implementing a GPS fleet tracking system.

Intangible costs. Direct costs such as driver wages, fuel costs, vehicle maintenance and insurance are apparent. However, watch out for costs that can occur from driver behavior, archaic paper-based processes and business operations. Tools that come with GPS fleet tracking not only allow you to measure these intangible costs but find the difference between what you’re currently doing and what you can be doing.

However, at the end of the evaluation process, what is the burning question you really need to ask yourself?

What should I track—the driver or the vehicle?

The answer is – yes!  Drivers and vehicles should be monitored to achieve the greatest cost savings and productivity gains as well as to ensure DOT compliance. Wirelessly enabled tablet PC solutions can do both. They can be securely mounted in the cab to automatically monitor the vehicle without manual entry of any data.

Vehicles can be tracked with a wired in-cab solution. Both have advantages. Often times, mobile devices can leverage existing wireless contracts so it’s less expensive to deploy than vehicle-mounted solutions.

Rugged Tablet PC for TransportationOn the other hand, the vehicle mount solution automatically collects data such as starts, stops and idles. The driver is not required to manually enter any of this data. The risk of misplacing a mobile device or not being turned on is eliminated. In addition, the vehicle-mounted computers provide data with vehicle maintenance monitoring, off-hours usage notifications and reports of unsafe driving activities. Therefore, for optimal usability and accuracy of data, the vehicle-mounted solution has more advantages than the mobile computer option.

MobileDemand offers in-cab, vehicle-mounted, wireless mobile computers that meet your fleet tracking needs.

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