Vehicle tracking through the use of GPS tracking systems is a relatively new technology being utilised in all manner of industries. Some have had major concerns with the implementation of systems as yet another encroachment of the 'Big Brother' culture. These common misconceptions while reasonable can be debunked with knowledge of the industry and better understanding of the way in which vehicle tracking systems work.
The first misconception often made by businesses when considering a tracking system is that they trust their staff and so do not need to employ the technology. It must be understood however that these GPS tracking systems are not put in place to keep tags on employees but instead to make businesses more efficient and cost effective. They can do this by maximising fuel usage and providing safety and security for drivers whilst also creating faster response times for call outs.
Another myth that needs to be debunked is that employees will strike or walkout if a vehicle tracking system is implemented. This is a common misconception and while employees may be originally suspicious of these technologies, once they have used the system they will grow accustomed to it. Research has shown that vehicle tracking systems actually make driver's jobs easier by eliminating endless paperwork and decreasing the time spent on the road.
Another myth that many businesses believe is that the installation of a vehicle tracking system will be difficult to install and use. New technologies tend to create apprehensiveness with customers but this need not be the case. The installation of a GPS box in every vehicle and software back at the headquarters can be installed quickly and easily and with a little training almost anyone can learn to use the software efficiently and effectively.
Some have surmised that GPS vehicle tracking is an unnecessary technology; many believe that the job can be carried out just as effectively with the use of mobile phones. The benefit of having real time vehicle location is invaluable and when combined with mileage assessments and other applications can actively reduce running costs. It is worth remembering that a mobile phone can be easily turned off or left in the vehicle, they are in no way an all encompassing solution.
Some think that the current vehicle tracking systems on the market today are all the same. This is a misnomer as basic packages will simply track vehicles and not work towards increasing efficiency. With so many added applications that can work towards changing the way business is done, the benefits can be huge if you are willing to utilise a system that will do more than simply track your fleet.
With a lack of understanding of vehicle tracking technology some still think that the system is a product. This however is not the case; most systems are in fact services carried out by an external operator. The service contract will usually last a number of years so it is advisable to get a good idea of what the service includes before signing any agreements.
Some may think these systems are an unnecessary and expensive outlay. While a vehicle tracking system is a considerable investment, it is just that; an investment. The rewards that will be reaped as your business becomes more efficient and cost effective will recoup the initial outlay in matter of months.
GPS tracking systems are a new technology and hence many feel they have yet to prove their worth. While this may be the case for logistics businesses, GPS systems and satellite navigation systems have been used for decades and have proven their worth countless times. It is only now that the commercial uses for the technology are finally being realised.
Hopefully this article has gone some of the way to revealing the truth about vehicle tracking systems. In the logistics industry it rapidly becoming the case that businesses shouldn't consider whether they can afford a tracking system but instead whether their business can afford not to have one.
Industry expert Thomas Pretty looks into ways that vehicle tracking systems are increasing the efficiency of businesses.