Many businesses have considered using GPS Auto Tracker technology to help them manage their transportation or fleet resources. However many are reluctant to spend the money on a new expensive technology during a time when there is talk of an economic down turn. A GPS auto tracker system consists of two major parts. The hardware portion of the technology is attached to each of the company’s vehicles. These devices have two components one being a global positioning satellite receiver and the second being a transmitter that communicates with the GPS tracker service provider. The transmitter uses existing radio, cell phone or satellite phone technology to accomplish this. In the second part of the system, the GPS tracking service provider uses the uploaded information to provide the subscribing company the information they need to better manage their vehicle resources. Software provided by the service provider will allow the business to view the location of each of their vehicles on a computer screen. Real time information such as speed, time, route, stopped time, direction, and in some cases mechanical diagnostics for the engine and brakes can be easily viewed using the tracker system data base and software.
In the past the largest user of the GPS auto tracker technology has been the shipping industry and in particular large trucking companies. In fact is doubtful that there is any trucking company in America that does not use GPS tracker technology to help them manage their fleet resources. In recent years businesses that have smaller vehicle resources have begun to use GPS tracking technology to manage their vehicles. The high cost of fuel, maintenance, insurance and labor has placed a large burden on these companies. Even companies with as few as 5 vehicles have seen the cost benefit of using GPS tracking in terms of fuel costs and in addition shown an increase in productivity. Most companies see significant savings in just the first month they have begun to uses the tracking technology.
There are many GPS auto tracker service providers available in North America and Europe and more are coming on line each month. Normally the GPS tracking service providers will provide all the hardware, installation and software to the subscriber. In general most service companies require a one year subscription however you can ask for a short period trial subscription to help you see all the benefits the system will provide. It should be noted that an early subscription cancellation can result in penalties. Most service companies will provide you with 24/7 support services in case you have problems. If you are in the business of delivering high value products to known locations the tracker service companies can provide extra security by notifying you and authorities when the transport vehicle is off route or delayed. In some cases your insurance carrier will give you significant discounts when you are managing your fleet resources using the GPS tracking technology.
The bottom line is that GPS auto tracker technology will save your bottom line when it comes to transport and fleet management costs. It does pay to shop around for the best features and lowest costs. Ask each service provider for references to active subscribers and spend the time to interview them carefully. If you do your research you will soon realize the great savings and peace of mind that using a GPS tracking system can provide.