Fleet Management Using Telematics
Management is one important aspect of running any business activity. Companies that are well managed end up posting impressive financial results. Transport companies for instance thrive on very good management. The situation is even more dependent on management when we consider transport companies dealing with a fleet of vehicles. Most companies operating trucks and trailers usually have them in fleets.
A long time ago fleets of vehicles were managed manually. This involved leaders of the companies physically following trucks as a management measure. This was tedious and that is why a more sophisticated approach was introduced to the market in recent years. This is the use of telematics software for fleet management. The use of software to manage businesses has not been experienced in the transport industry alone since other sectors have also take it up.
What does the telematics software do to help in management of fleets? The telematics software is telecommunications software that uses informatics and GPS to achieve efficient management of a fleet of vehicles. Though the software is largely used in fleet management, it also has applications in electrical engineering and computer science. Having telecommunication as its core makes it good for fleet management.
How is fleet management done using telematics software? There are several things that telematics software provides. Tracking of vehicles for many hours is one key aspect of the software. GPS technology together with the software provides this service. This serves managers of the fleets well since they can monitor the vehicles from one location.
Container tracking is another form of tracking trucks and trailers. Container tracking is also achieved by using the GPS technology. An electronic device that serves as the tracking device usually has a micro chip that allows for tracking. The device that is mobile can then be fitted on an appropriate part of the vehicle to enable tracking. Tracking has the primary role of ensuring security for the vehicles.
One can use the telematics software to establish the source of a mechanical problem that a vehicle has. The software is computer based hence after diagnosis has been done one is able to observe the problems from the screen of a computer hence being able to figure out what action to take. With the problem having been identified it is easy for it to be fixed hence allowing the vehicle to be back on the road fast. More developments have seen addition of features that enable the software to be used for management of fuel by tracking fuel consumption of large vehicles such as trailers. Such features enable truck owners to know how much fuel was consumed by the vehicle during a specific part of the journey. All these measures lead to efficient fleet management and higher financial productivity.
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