Should You Install Fleet GPS Tracking Devices?

March 14, 2017 Published by

“Battery tracking” is often used to describe a small, battery operated, self contained GPS tracking device that can be attached to company assets—such as work vehicles, machines, equipment and trailers. Like other GPS tracker options, battery tracking is used to track your assets, but comes in a small compact unit. Some are pocket sized and can be adhered using a strong adhesive tape, small screws or simply by placing it in the asset. Furthermore, not only is battery tracking highly efficient with 24/7 coverage, but these products and services are also more affordable than you may think.

GPS battery tracking can give you a good idea of what a driver’s day looks like without having to be there. It’s a great way to get the information you need to improve your business. So, should you install fleet GPS tracking devices in or on your commercial or industrial vehicles? Here are some ways your company can benefit from battery tracking:

  • Get daily activity reports: You can learn a lot from detailed activity reports delivered daily. Find out how fast a vehicle moves, mileage to individual destinations, total round-trip mileage and get client address locations pinned on a live map. You can also monitor stops, including where they occurred, when and for how long.

  • Control fuel use and costs: GPS allows you to see how much fuel is being used on any given day, as well as the cost of gas. If more gas is used than it should take to get to a client, then you might want to make sure an employee is not running personal errands while on the clock.

  • Find better routes: If the problem of too much fuel usage is due to inefficient driving routes, look into better ones. See if there are any shortcuts to shave off mileage.

Battery tracking is also beneficial for businesses that own non-powered assets. These are assets that do not typically require a driver. Instead, they are stationary until physically moved from one location to another by a motor-powered work vehicle:

  • Keep an eye on non-powered assets: Even parked or stationary assets require a watchful eye. This includes equipment, machines and trailers that need to be hooked up to an engine-powered vehicle in order to move.

  • Helps prevents work site equipment theft: It’s not uncommon for construction companies to leave heavy machinery at a worksite at the end of the day—like industrial drills, tractor attachments and hauling trailers. Unfortunately, this makes these assets targets for thieves.

  • Better chance at recovering stolen property: In the event your asset gets stolen, the proper authorities can track it down from the GPS battery tracking device signal. The faster it’s recovered, the sooner you can get back to work.

For more information on all the different types of fleet GPS tracking devices, contact the knowledgeable team at GPS Systems. We can help you understand the importance of tracking your company’s assets using a GPS system, as well as recommend devices that would best suit your business’ needs. Call us today!


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This post was written by Malcolm Rosenfeld

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