GPS Tracking: An Essential Business Tool
08-12-2013 at 08:45 AM
Category: GPS Technology

"GPS" is one of those acronyms where what GPS stands for has basically been lost. GPS is the acronym for "Global Positioning System." A GPS tracking system is designed to pin point your current location by using three satellites that transmit data using a procedure called triangulation. The GPS tracking system receives the set of longitude and latitude coordinates, identifying your location The information is then  translated to plain english,. In theory it sounds pretty straightforward, but there's some very sophisticated  technology supporting that little plastic box that lets you know where you are at any time.

GPS tracking systems have become an essential part of companies that use fleets of vehicles as part of their business. They can tell you the most direct way of getting to your destination, where there are traffic jams, and alternate routes you can take in order to avoid them. You can receive the information on the screen, and you can receive it by audio.

Back home, the fleet manager can monitor the fleet's activities and make adjustments as necessary. For example, imagine you have a floral business and 5 people, your entire contingency of drivers, are out delivering floral arrangements for Easter. The fleet manager gets a call from vehicle #4 letting him know that he's been involved in a minor accident. Although not very serious, he informs the fleet manager that  he's not going to be able to complete his deliveries.

The fleet manager checks his data, and notes that vehicle #2 is only about 3 miles away from where #4 is, and most of his deliveries have already been made. He redirects #2 to where #4 is. #2 then retrieves the floral arrangements from #4, recalculates his delivery route, and makes the floral company's deliveries to the customers as scheduled.

Of course that's very simplistic...  now. But before GPS trackers were available, situations like the one described above were much more difficult to resolve, and there were often dissatisfied customers as a result.

There are numerous benefits to using a GPS tracking system for your fleet of vehicles. Since gasoline is so expensive, and carbon emissions is a very serious problem, the fleet manager can map out everyone's routes to be as efficient as possible. It's no longer a matter of deliveries bei

ng made all over the city, simply because that's the way the packages arrived - with a GPS tracker the fleet manager can identify the most efficient route for each driver, thereby saving gas and minimizing carbon emissions. It also makes for good business when your customers learn that you run a Green business.

As our natural resources continue to escalate in cost and environmental damage, more businesses will be looking for ways to save costs on running their fleets. There are other things that can be done, such as making sure the vehicles you purchase are the most efficient you can effectively use, but used correctly, GPS trackers are a cost-effective, efficient way to manage many of the logistical problems you might encounter.

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