18 Feb, 2013

10 Elements to Look for in a GPS Tracking System

Fleet Manager Maps Tab Vehicle Route Display
18 Feb, 2013

Fleet Manager Maps Tab Vehicle Route DisplayAlmost every GPS tracking system for fleet management offers vehicle location and real-time mapping, but there are several other features that you may not already know about. Many of these features give you more insight into how well your fleet is optimized so you can make decisions about how to change or improve operations.

10 Features to Look for in a GPS Tracking System

If you want to get the most from your GPS tracking system, look for a provider that offers a broad range of software features and other important elements, including the following:

  1. Real-time mapping – If you need to see where all of your vehicles are in real time, make sure you select a system that includes this feature. With the exception of the most basic asset protection units, this feature is generally included with most GPS tracking systems.
  2. Maintenance alerts – Managing a fleet involves much more than just coordinating drivers, you also have to maintain multiple vehicles on various schedules. Remember that some maintenance tasks are scheduled based on time, while others are based on mileage or engine hours. Make sure your GPS tracking system offers all of these options for maintenance alerts.
  3. Driver dispatching – If your businesses dispatches drivers in the field or from a central location, make sure your vehicle tracking system provides features that make this easy for you. Two-way driver communication and the ability to find the closest vehicle will simplify work for dispatchers and allow you to serve more customers in a shorter period of time.
  4. Landmarks and geofences – You might want to know when a vehicle reaches a customer location or when they leave your facility. Landmark and geofence features allow you to set up alerts based on a specific location or perimeter so you can passively track vehicle locations as needed.
  5. PTO event tracking – If you want to monitor power take off events such as a hydraulic lift being engaged or a seatbelt being used, look for a GPS tracking system that can integrate PTO tracking and alerts.
  6. Mobile fleet tracking – In today’s world, managers don’t always work from a desk, especially if you’re an owner-operator. Make sure that the GPS tracking system that you select has a mobile interface that works with the types of devices you use for your business.
  7. Robust reporting – Most vehicle tracking systems come with basic reporting tools, but in order to truly optimize your fleet, you need access to all the information that your GPS tracking system gathers.
  8. Analytics – Reports are great for high-level details, but sometimes you just need a snapshot view of performance over time. Analytic reports provide just that, but not every GPS tracking system includes this type of reporting function.
  9. Field service management tools – If your drivers interact with customers, collect payments, or need to enter information into a central system, look for a GPS system that allows you to integrate field service management tools.
  10. Ongoing technical support – As a fleet manager you know that sometimes technology doesn’t always work as you expect it to. Look for a provider that not only sells GPS tracking systems, but also provides ongoing technical support for those times that you need a little help with troubleshooting.

GPSTrackIt provides all of these important features and more. With more than 25 built-in reports, the Driver Tablet Site, and easy-to-read analytic reports, you have all the fleet information you need right at your fingertips. Request a quote today to get started.

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