Like every industry or occupation, fleet management comes with its own commonly used terminology. While many of these terms have been in use for decades, the evolution of GPS fleet tracking means that more terms and definitions are being added all the time. Just a decade ago, many fleet managers would envision the same thing if you used the term “landmark”: an object or place that is easily recognizable. However, now most fleet managers think of landmarks as points that they set up in their fleet GPS systems to better monitor driver activity and vehicle locations. When you put it in the context of GPS tracking, the word takes on a totally new meaning.

If you are considering investing in fleet GPS, or even if you already have it, understanding some key terms can help you get the most from your system.

Seven Fleet Management Terms You Need to Know

  1. AFTR – Short for Automated Fuel and Tax Reporting, this feature of a fleet GPS system enables you to quickly generate required tax calculations by using your actual mileage and fuel purchase history.
  2. Field service management – This term refers to the optimization of resources used in the field, including vehicles, equipment, and employees. A fleet tracking system can be combined with field service management tools to streamline operations and boost profits.
  3. Geofence – This is a geographical boundary that you can set up within your fleet tracking software. It can be used to alert you when a driver leaves or enters a specific area.
  4. Landmark – Similar to a geofence, a landmark is a single location that you define on a map. It can be an address, an intersection, or even specific point defined by latitude and longitude.
  5. Mobile data terminal – Also known as an MDT, this is a device that is located in a vehicle and used to communicate with dispatchers. Garmin is a popular MDT device used in fleet management because it allows dispatchers and drivers to communicate directly while providing route information at the same time.
  6. Mobile workforce management – This is essentially what every fleet managers does, or should be striving to do. MWM is the use of technology (such as fleet GPS) to monitor employees in the field with the intent of reducing costs and improving service.
  7. PTO – In the case of fleet management, Power Take Off, or PTO, is the use of energy from a running engine to power another system. A PTO event might be raising or lowering a hydraulic arm, engaging a tow truck lift, or turning on the fasten seat belt light in the vehicle. Fleet GPS can be used to monitor PTO events so fleet managers have even more information at their fingertips.

Whether you are new to fleet management or an old pro, GPS Trackit can help you run your business better. View our online demos today to learn more about the fleet GPS features that will help you save money, improve driver safety, and provide better customer service.

What other fleet management terms do you use for your business?