How Can Connected Fleet Help Run Your Business More Efficiently?
- The paradigm shift from basic vehicle tracking to Connected Fleet has allowed operations to run seamlessly as fleet visibility has improved.
- Reduce maintenance costs, fuel related expenditures, and get discounts on insurance premiums.
- Get instant notifications about vehicles leaving designated areas, thus preventing thefts and unauthorized use.
- Guarantee safety of your employees by promoting safe driving behavior.
- Help with backend and vehicular operational improvements, while scheduling service alerts so maintenance issues are resolved before they become bigger problems.
- Optimized route mapping to reduce costs and ensure quick delivery.
- Maintain detailed logs about the vehicle and use them to determine employee performance.
- Provide updates to customers regarding shipments.
If you are facing issues with employee productivity, while business costs are rising and your fleet is under constant maintenance, rest assured, you aren’t alone. Many businesses are facing similar issues – regardless of the size of your business, fleet tracking can be a cumbersome operation if you aren’t using the right fleet management tools. While basic GPS fleet tracking used to suffice in the past, it isn’t enough to meet business requirements anymore.
The shift from traditional GPS tracking to Connected Fleet
As mentioned, there is a need for operations to shift from basic vehicle tracking to data collection and predictive analytics, as it allows clearer fleet visibility. Data is gathered from fleet vehicles, assets, and related systems to ensure better reporting. Compiling this information from various resources lets an organization make informed business decisions. By integrating your business with the fleet, you create a powerful “connected fleet” that lets you view operations as a whole. These changes cause a shift away from traditional fleet management and instead towards mobile workforce management. Rather than focusing solely on assets and vehicles, you need to start thinking about the entire workforce as whole – this approach is imperative for seamless fleet management and business growth.
With the help of telematics technology, you Connected Fleet can be simplified. Anstel offers a dynamic Connected Fleet solution with advanced GPS tracking devices designed to adapt to your business model, which guarantees an increase in productivity and customer satisfaction.
How can Anstel’s GPS tracking devices be of help?
It might sound like software that simply monitors assets and drivers on a virtual map, but the benefits of this GPS tracking system are far-reaching indeed. For instance, fuel cost problems can be tackled by tracking employee routes, and then identifying areas for better route optimization. Similarly, maintenance issues can be dealt with by assessing and addressing driver behavior. GPS fleet tracking devices are able to record date, time, and location information, along with engine hours, vehicle miles, and ID information of the driver, and so on.
Reduction in cost
By equipping your fleet with our advanced GPS tracking devices, it can drastically reduce costs in several areas of the business.
Fuel related expenses
If your drivers are unnecessarily speeding, it can lead to increase in fuel consumption, but the vehicle tracking system can send alerts to fleet managers when drivers are speeding or braking harshly. It reduces the possibility of speeding fines too. Another reason of high fuel consumption is idling, which wastes billions of gallons every year –since fleet managers will be notified about idling, they can take appropriate preventative measures. Route optimization can also be carried out by locating drivers via GPS and sending technicians and drivers who are closest to a particular location, thus saving on fuel usage. The devices can also specify routes that have minimal traffic stops and avoid toll charges.
When fleet managers monitor driver behavior, such as reckless driving, speeding, accidents, etc. they can take proper action to address the cause of high insurance costs. Should the vehicle be stolen, the tracking device makes it much easier to recover the vehicle. These reasons are why many insurance companies offer a reduction in premiums when tracking devices are fitted in vehicles.
When you track vehicles in your fleet, it lets you keep an eye on per-vehicle fuel consumption, along with driver behavior so you know how many miles they have travelled. Thus, it is easier to know the eco-driving score as well. This allows maintenance to be accurately scheduled rather than be based on estimates. Predictive maintenance helps to save a ton of money in the long run – it is possible when data is analyzed in real time using smart algorithms.
Promote safe work environment
GPS tracking systems adopt a proactive approach in keeping your personnel and assets safe, compliant and operational. As mentioned, accidents involving your drivers are easier to manage with GPS tracking devices. Emergency situations with drivers or equipment are much easier to respond to when you have a physical location of your vehicles. To promote safe driving practices, you should constantly monitor speeding, hard braking, phone usage, and aggressive acceleration, and make good use of this data to target unsafe driving behavior.
When you utilize a vehicle tracker, it can be of immense help if there is a dispute or accident involving an employee. It provides crucial evidence for liability mitigation and root cause analysis. It gives critical date, time, and location validation to prove or disprove a case when providing proof.
Notifications about unauthorized use
If your vehicles are left at work premises, yard, depot or some other frequent parking spot, you can receive instant, automatic notifications if they leave the area. You can create geo fences to ensure drivers stick to pre-determined routes and steer clear from restricted zones. The minute a vehicle changes the route, you will get a notification on your phone and it alerts you to thefts too.
Autonautics Platform helps fleet managers with both backend and vehicular operational improvements to prevent potential breakdowns, repair costs, and coordination chaos, which would in turn impact customer delivery, resulting in revenue leakage.
Schedule service alerts
Automatic service and maintenance alerts can be scheduled for your vehicles. Historical data such as usage hours and mileage can be logged to plan future service schedules.
Rather than adhere to “fixed routes”, fleet managers need to focus on scheduling routes that are quick and will keep costs down at the same time. In terms of dispatch and planning, GPS fleet tracking software helps to predict where and when a truck will arrive at a location, meaning that coordinating the next load and keeping that truck moving efficiently is simple.
Creating geo fences
Create a virtual map for vehicles to arrive and depart, so managers are notified when a particular vehicle is entering and exiting Geo fences and POI. This feature reduces use of manual driver time logs, and automates communication between drivers and managers.
Fleet businesses depend heavily upon the use of logs to keep a running tally of how many miles are on a vehicle, the number of actually driver hours being logged by an employee, and also whether or not a particular shipment or pickup is late. Using GPS vehicle tracking, important information is immediately logged on a real-time basis, so the scope for human errors is practically nil. Logs are a vital tool when businesses perform employee evaluations. To know more information about any given employee, all you have to do is check the logs, so you can find out if they are performing above or below the expected standard.
Improve customer service
It is imperative for businesses to cut down on delivery times without compromising on customer service. GPS vehicle tracking makes it possible by providing live updates to dispatchers. Real time tracking means you know the exact location of your fleet and shipments at all times. No one wants to keep fielding calls and queries from customers about when their shipment is arriving, why it its taking so long etc. Vehicle tracking technology lets you give drivers up-to-the-minute updates because you know exactly where they are and how long it will take them to reach the destination.
Anstel’s GPS tracking isn’t just an “extra update” for your fleet, but a vital aspect of Connected Fleet management that lets you operate your business in a more effective and streamlined fashion.