How to Enhance Your Command Center with Fleet Tracking Software

Oct 2018 | ELD

For fleet operators, the road to revenue and profits is paved with a multitude of challenges. Technology, such as fleet tracking software, is playing a substantial role in helping them overcome stumbling blocks and achieve their short- and long-term goals, along with satisfying their customers.

Managing a fleet of vehicles can be a real headache as it involves several concerns, including high operational costs, fluctuating fuel costs, potential delay on deliveries, the safety of passengers and cargo, driver behaviour, and maintenance and repair. The concerns have to remain just concerns, and not become a major issue that disrupts operations and complicates processes. The operations have to be error-free, smooth, and efficient even during difficult times.  

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Caption: Leveraging fleet tracking software, the command center can monitor a vehicle’s movement, location, and direction, and check in on the driver.

Alt-Image: The image is of a busy intersection of a highway where possibly hundreds of vehicles are moving.        

Fleet tracking software provides the much needed operational data to improve fleets’ operational efficiencies. It tracks the fleets’ movement in real time and continuously checks in on the drivers, providing more control over vehicles and ensuring driver safety.

A command center is crucial for the effective use of data when several vehicles are connected and generating data. It gets a 360-degree view of the fleet’s daily operations. If there is an issue, the command center receives immediate alerts and notifications, providing details of the causes that resulted in the disruption.              

Let’s take a look at how your command center stands to benefit from fleet tracking software.

Data-based Planning

Fleet tracking software is basically a data capturing tool that enables your command center to collect fleet and driving data. It tracks the location, routes, direction, speed, and stops taken by the driver, in full details and accuracy, offering a ton of valuable data to analyze. This actionable data can be used by a command center to improve the planning process and to make informed decisions. For example, routes can be planned more effectively, and drivers can be allocated based on their performance and efficiency. Data-based planning ensures smart decisions are made on time and operators gain a competitive advantage.  

Proactive Approach

With fleet tracking software, your command center can proactively manage operations and drivers as it uncovers fleet-related problems in real time. It helps determine potential traffic hold-ups and helps identify clear routes. Because of that, the drivers are informed about re-routes on time. Following data analysis, contingency plans can be made well in advance; and optimization of routes, stops, and schedules can be done, which boosts operational efficiency.   

Saves Time and Money    

It is possible to plug additional expenses by leveraging fleet tracking software. Some drivers may be caught speeding, which results in high fuel usage and puts both the driver and others on the road in danger. The fleet tracking tool alerts the command center whenever there is a speeding violation. It enables it to set a speeding limit and penalize drivers who are caught breaking it.

Plus, the fuel consumption also increases when a vehicle is parked with the engine running. The command center can track vehicles that are in idle mode longer than is necessary and take corrective measures. All this leads to a decrease in fuel consumption, which helps save money.

The tracking tool also improves a fleet’s time management. When actual routes are compared with optimized routes, the shortest, most efficient routes are discovered, which saves considerable time. Also, rerouting vehicles during rush hours can save time.      

Addresses Risky Driver Behaviour

The fleet may belong to the operator, but the drivers are in the truck seats. Your company’s operational efficiency largely depends on your drivers’ behaviour. Without accurate data on their performance, the command center cannot make any moves to correct unjustifiable behaviour, such as aggressive acceleration, not following schedules and preset routes, tardiness, etc. Fleet tracking software helps identify drivers who regularly cause disruption. With the help of concrete data, the command center can effectively correct drivers behaviour by reprimanding them or through additional training. Also, monitoring of drivers’ performance preempts unnecessary costs, ensures safety, and reduces preventable accidents.   

Prevents Disruptions and Improves Profitability

There is a marked increase in the efficiency of command centers that have implemented fleet tracking software like GFI Systems’ Latitude, which allows them to monitor vehicles and driver performance in real time. It also enables them to go paperless, cut fuel costs, ensure fleet safety, prevent downtime and breakdowns, and improve customer satisfaction.

As the fleet tracking software sends timely alerts and notifications, the command center is able to avoid operational disruptions and improve profitability. Its operational enhancement can make all the difference in the ultra-competitive and ever evolving fleet service provider market.

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