The Future of Fleet Management: How GPS Trackers are Changing the Game

Imagine you are a fleet manager and have just received a report of one of your trucks being delayed due to heavy traffic. What would you do? Resign yourself to it or try to find a solution? If the second option is your choice then you should keep reading. You can buy now your tracker but at least read this article!

Fleet management has been around for thousands of years (with different means of transportation, of course!), and it is something that is dynamic with the times. Today, in this digital age, fleet management is supported by advanced digital tools such as computers, smartphones, online communication platforms, and of course GPS-based monitors.

The latter is shaping the future of fleet management and will remain relevant for a long time to come. Why do GPS-based monitors have such a big influence on fleet management that they are often referred to as shaping the future of fleet management?

What is a GPS-based monitoring device?

First, we need to understand what GPS is. GPS stands for Global Positioning System. GPS is a satellite navigation system supported by a network of 24 satellites in Earth orbit. The satellites are the property of the United States Department of Defense. Since the 80s GPS started being used for non-military purposes and today it covers all parts of the world. What is interesting about it is that it can operate in any weather, even extreme ones.

GPS-based monitoring devices are monitoring devices with GPS navigation technology. It works by measuring or rather comparing the signal transmission time from the satellite to the receiver to measure the distance of an object. Measuring the distance of an object can give fleet managers insight into which routes are efficient. 

Why does the future of fleet management depend on this technology?

Because of its accuracy and “real-time nature”. GPS monitors transmit real-time data to the receiver so let’s say this second the truck is in position A and the next second it is in position B, the receiver (or in this case the controller or fleet manager) would know. Not only route planning but GPS monitors can also be used to monitor (for GPS trackers equipped with monitoring cameras) and record sounds in and around the truck. Thus a fleet manager knows much more than before this monitoring technology was implemented.

He can know the real-time position of the truck, he can know the atmosphere in the cabin thanks to the installed monitoring camera, he can record the sound in the cabin, and he can plan better routes by comparing different travel routes. With more controlled driver behavior, monitoring of the travel situation, and selection of the best route, the fleet manager can make significant efficiencies in travel time as well as fuel consumption. 

With all the benefits it provides, it is feasible that GPS monitoring technology is shaping the future of fleet management. It is a game changer as it offers a wide array of functions in a single platform.

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