July 30, 2012
GPS fleet tracking technology is becoming an integral part of the commercial distribution industry due to its ability to reduce accidents, lower overhead costs, and optimize vehicle routes. With years of proven results on the road, local governments have taken notice and are starting to get in on the action.
On July 11, the the Columbus City Council approved $1.9 million in spending to install GPS vehicle tracking systems in the city-owned fleet. With this new technology, police cruisers, emergency vehicles, salt trucks, and waste-collection trucks will be monitored for speed, idle time, warning lights, and more.
For many, government is associated with inefficiency and wasted spending, but with the help of fleet management services like GPS tracking, that may be changing. Based on the results of a pilot program, Columbus’s director of finance has projected that these systems will lead to savings in fuel and labor costs that will quickly overcome purchasing and installation expenses.
William Cahill, VP of sales and founder of Tracknet, a fleet tracking company in New Orleans, can understand the lure of these devices. From the front lines, he has witnessed the growing trend of their use in the private sector over the past decade.
“I’ve seen a consistent national push for GPS tracking technology usage in the commercial fleet space. In particular, field service companies,” Cahill said. “In the next five years, every top tier field service company will be tracking their field technicians as well as their fleet. Those mid to lower tier service companies, who choose not to account for all employees and assets, will not be able to compete.”
In the past, trucking companies were forced to get by with two-way radios and cell phones, but thanks to companies like Tracknet, cutting edge transportation has a very different look today. Their systems use discrete radio devices that wirelessly track a vehicle everywhere it goes, record information in real time on the web, and organize it in a way that makes finding pertinent information quick, easy, and affordable. “Businesses with budgetary restraints can utilize these reports to reduce operational costs and increase revenue, positively impacting business processes and fleet management practices,” Cahill said.
Now police, fire crews, and other city departments can experience similar benefits.
Vehicle managers, private or public, can’t argue with the increased awareness and control that comes with GPS fleet tracking. Not only can they tell if one of their drivers is speeding or wasting too much time, but they also can recover lost or stolen vehicles, catch potential equipment failures before they occur, and respond to roadside problems faster than ever. Transportation and distribution companies are finding that increased driver accountability and safety leads to bigger profits, and better returns for shareholders. Columbus and other cities are trying to make taxpayers just as happy.
With a national presence, TrackNet offers GPS fleet tracking, which has proven results to positively enhance the productivity of their customers. With more than 10 years of design innovation and industry firsts, Tracknet gives you the tools to manage your fleet and achieve measurable results. Designed for reliability and easy implementation, their applications give clients the information needed to efficiently manage fleets and maximize revenue. The goal is to provide clients with the highest-value GPS fleet management solutions that drive real benefits, resulting in real savings.