Use of Telematics in Fleet Management
Any business requires proper management for it to succeed. Companies that are well managed end up posting impressive financial results. Management for instance is a key pillar for the success of any transport company. This is even more complicated when we talk about the business of operating a fleet of vehicles. 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. The designing of software for management of fleets called telematics software is one venture that brought revolution to the sector. 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? One way the telematics software achieves efficiency is by using GPS technology. GPS technology is also applicable in computer science and electrical engineering. Fleet management is served well by the software due to the telecommunication aspect.
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.
Trailers can also be tracked by tracking the containers that they carry. Container tracking is also achieved by using the GPS technology. For the GPS work properly, it is usually fused into an electronic device. The device that is mobile can then be fitted on an appropriate part of the vehicle to enable tracking. Security is boosted by tracking vehicles.
One can use the telematics software to establish the source of a mechanical problem that a vehicle has. Computerization of the software has enabled transmission of mechanical problems onto a software system that displays them on a computer screen. 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. Fleet managers can use this feature to manage fuel consumption of their trailers and trucks. All these measures lead to efficient fleet management and higher financial productivity.
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