And you thought GPS was just another tracking technology
In the world of smartphones, all of us should be aware of what GPS is. These days there are Google maps for smartphones, Garmin, Magellan, Navman and many others where you enter the destination, and these navigation devices will navigate you right at the door step of your target, or use it track fleet movement. But did you know that GPS can do much more than navigating you to your destination or track your fleet? GPS is part of a bigger world called Telematics.
What Telematics is you ask?
Telematics encompasses telecommunications and information processing and is primarily used in automotive industry. It uses cutting-edge technology and involves internet and satellite connectivity. From GPS tracking to Wi-Fi in vehicles, Telematics is changing the way people drive personal and commercial fleets.
How GPS and Telematics work?
Telematics monitors vehicle by using real-time data on location and speed of the vehicle sent by the GPS system. Telematics processes and stores data, receive and send processed information which helps in controlling remote moving vehicles using GPS navigation systems. Installing GPS into mobile devices and computers facilitates telematics to mark the location and communicate with the entire vehicle fleet.
In the commercial vehicle, telematics is usually referred to as fleet telematics which is used to manage and monitor operations, status, and location. Fleet telematics systems allow information to be transferred between the central location and each vehicle within the fleet which can be cars, vans, buses, trucks or any other vehicle.
Benefits of Telematics along with GPS
According to Trucking Info, on an average, a truck fleet spends around 20% to 40% of its time idling, with a lead-foot driver using around 20% more fuel than the average trucker. Furthermore, each driver spends approximately hundred plus hours in finishing their paperwork, while the industry, in general, spends more than fifty million hours each year in recording, analysis, and storing the data. With the help of Telematics and GPS which connects drivers and dispatchers the vehicle fleet management can eliminate overspending and at the same time improve the safety of the driver and the vehicle which in turn will lead to satisfied customers. Below are some of the benefits:
- Reduced costs: It helps in reducing idling where the engine is on, and the vehicle is stationary. For a single vehicle, it may not be much, but for a fleet of vehicles, it is huge fuel savings.
- Increased efficiency: GPS sending real-time data on location to the central location while the central location updating the route in real-time can divert vehicles away from traffic or congested roads when delivering a high-priority package.
- Tracking working hours: Automatic hours tracking can help fleet companies in efficiently organizing the fleet while drivers can easily and accurately manage their time.
- Improved safety: With drivers knowing that they are being monitored they would comply and drive according to company standards, which in turn would reduce accidents and damage to vehicles.
- Vehicle health report: Vehicle sensors can report engine and other diagnostic issues. This data is used in replacement planning.
With Telematics and GPS, you can convert your vehicle fleet from individual trucks or buses or cars to an organized fleet coordinating and communicating with each other in an organized manner and Latium Fleet Management can do it for you. Contact us to know more.