Use of Telematics in Fleet Management
Management is one important aspect of running any business activity. Proper management is the key foundation to the financial success of any business enterprise. 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.
Manual methods were employed many years ago in the management of fleets of vehicles. This involved leaders of the companies physically following trucks as a management measure. Doing this was inefficient and tedious and that is why a better way of managing fleets had to be discovered. One such method was the use telematics software. 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. GPS technology is also applicable in computer science and electrical engineering. Having telecommunication as its core makes it good for fleet management.
How does the telematics software aid in fleet management? The software serve to provide solutions to several management issues. Using the software it is possible to track a fleet of vehicles from any location. Tracking of the vehicles is achieved by using GPS technology that is fused into the software. This serves managers of the fleets well since they can monitor the vehicles from one location.
Tracking of trucks and trailers can also be done by actually tracking the containers that they carry. Container tracking is also achieved by using the GPS technology. The GPS works in conjunction with an electronic device on which a micro chip is fitted. 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.
It is possible to diagnose a mechanical problem on a vehicle using the telematics software. 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. 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. An increase in revenue generated by the fleet of vehicles is the end product of the application of the telematics software.