Telematics – Solution for Fleet Management
Management is one important aspect of running any business activity. Financial success of a business is purely pegged on effective management. Transport companies for instance thrive on very good management. This is more so when we talk about fleet transport companies. Trucks and trailers are mainly operated as fleets by companies.
In the old days fleet management was mainly done manually. This involved leaders of the companies physically following trucks as a management measure. The entire process was tiresome hence necessitating the discovery of a better management system. This is the use of telematics software for fleet management. In general different sectors of business are taking up software in a bid to make their operations efficient.
How does telematics software make management of fleets efficient? The use of GPS systems is one key component in telematics software that aids in fleet management. Application of GPS has also been extended to other fields such as engineering. Fleet management is served well by the software due to the telecommunication aspect.
How can one manage a fleet of vehicles using the telematics software? Telematics software provides several assisting aspects of management. First of all, the software enables for tracking of a fleet of vehicles over long distances. Tracking of the vehicles is achieved by using GPS technology that is fused into the software. Management becomes easy this way since one can monitor vehicles without following them.
Tracking of trucks and trailers can also be done by actually tracking the containers that they carry. This is also done by the employment of GPS technology. An electronic device that serves as the tracking device usually has a micro chip that allows for tracking. Since the device is small and portable it can be placed in any desired part of the vehicle in question. Tracking serves to improve security of the vehicle especially if it is meant to traverse large areas.
Telematics can also be used in diagnosing a mechanical problem that the truck or trailer has. The fact that the software is computer based means that the problem can be established and the findings posted on a computer screen for further action to be taken. This enables a speedy repair of the broken part of the vehicle hence having the truck or trailer back on the road promptly. With improved features the software is nowadays able to even track the use of fuel by large vehicles such as trailers and lorries. Such features enable truck owners to know how much fuel was consumed by the vehicle during a specific part of the journey. An increase in revenue generated by the fleet of vehicles is the end product of the application of the telematics software.