If you run a fleet of commercial vehicles and don’t already track your vehicles you could benefit from a vehicle tracking system. Many businesses have already installed tracking and are benefiting from lower costs and higher productivity as a direct result.
Whether you operate 1 vehicle or 100 there is a tracking system designed for you at a price to suit your budget.
How Does Vehicle Tracking Work?
A tracking solution uses a ‘black box’ installed in to the vehicle to calculate and return the exact location, direction of travel and speed the vehicle is travelling at. The data usually updates once every 60 seconds although some systems will report back every 15 seconds. The technology works in a very similar way to a Sat Nav except that the information is transmitted over the mobile phone networks and stored securely, it can be accessed online at any time.
How Will A Tracking System Benefit My Business?
Being able to see where your vehicles are at any time can make a big difference to the way your business works. You are able to allocate work more efficiently, advise customers more accurately and see for yourself who is doing what. And because drivers know they are being tracked they usually work more efficiently and personal distractions are minimised.
But for many the most compelling reason for installing tracking is the fact it pays back many times what it costs, in time and fuel savings. And what’s more the savings start from day one. Because you can see where, when and how your vehicles are being driven, you can ensure that they are being used in the most efficient way and that they are always productive.
To find out more about how much a tracking system could benefit you try our Vehicle Tracking ROI Calculator.
Do All Tracking Systems Do The Same Thing?
No. Whilst they share a lot in common and should all perform the basic function of displaying vehicles on a map they vary a great deal. Some tracking systems are easier to use than others, some are faster and some are more reliable.
When considering which tracking system is right for your businesses you should first consider which features you need. Modern tracking systems have options to integrate Sat Nav displays, monitor how well the vehicle is being driven and some can even connect to the vehicles own computer to relay vital efficiency and maintenance information from the vehicle.
What Is The Best Way To Pay For A Tracking System?
The best payment option depends on your business how much cash you have available. Without a doubt the cheapest way to buy tracking is to pay outright, this does however carry risks, be sure to do your due diligence on the supplier before you make any payments.
Leasing isn’t so common in the tracking market since the credit crunch but is a great way to pay if you prefer minimal upfront costs and fixed monthly payments.
Many tracking companies now offer rental schemes which have become very popular. They are a blend of a low upfront cost and monthly payments. Because there is no credit agreement involved contracts are usually flexible and they are much lower risk.
Do I Have To Sign Up For A Long Contract?
It used to be common for companies to commit to five year contracts but these days tracking suppliers are much more flexible. Twelve month contracts are now very common in the tracking industry although longer contracts usually attract better prices.
How Do I Choose Which Tracking System Is Right For Me?
The first step is to use our free comparison tables to find systems which offer the features you are interested in for the right price. TrackCompare recommend obtaining three quotations and investing the time to discuss your requirements in detail and to view demos from each supplier.
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