With so many GPS fleet tracking and management providers out there, it can be daunting to navigate this sea of suppliers and choose the right GPS fleet management system for your business.
Here are some questions you should ask yourself when it comes to choosing the right solution (and provider) that will suit the needs of your business.
First ask yourself, what is the problem you are trying to solve? How will GPS fleet tracking help to solve this problem?
Understand your objectives
- Do you have a large fleet and want to track your assets, gaining more visibility on where they are?
- Do you need to track driver information, and have transparency on your driver behaviours?
- Are you overspending on your mobile workforce and need to tighten the boot straps?
Before you start seeking out a solution, first ask yourself what you need to track and why? Knowing the answer to this question, will make it is easier when choosing the appropriate system. Focus on finding the provider that will resolve the problems you want to overcome, and be the best fit for your business.
Is the software platform easy to use?
Incorporating a new software solution is never a small task, and many GPS Fleet Management platforms can be complex and hard to navigate. We understand that your time is in high demand so to save you some time and potential headaches, please consider the following points when assessing GPS fleet management solutions.
- What are the main software features you will be using on a daily basis?
- Are you familiar with the key benefits of GPS fleet management software?
- How many users will be using the platform?
- Do you need to access fleet information on the go? Would you require a mobile app?
- Do you require reporting features?
- Do you require instant SMS alerts for things such as vehicle theft,
- Do you have access to internet at your place of work?
If you are genuinely interested in implementing GPS fleet management software in your business, we suggest booking a demo with one of our solutions experts to make your own assessment of our platform functionality.
Tip: Find a software platform that has a modern user interface and is easy to use and straightforward when it comes to training or up-skilling your employees.
What options are available for GPS hardware or devices?
GPS fleet tracking and management comprises of both hardware devices as well as a software platform.
Depending on your requirements and the type of asset you want to track, we can supply GPS hardware that can easily be installed yourself in less than 5 minutes per vehicle. If you have more complex data requirements the best option would be a hardwired GPS device, which can be installed by anyone with basic wiring knowledge, otherwise any auto electrician will be able to assist with the wiring of the device into your asset.
Some providers will only stock a couple of hardware devices, which does not necessarily provide flexibility when it comes to tracking different assets – be it a truck, digger, excavator or non-powered assets like trailers or shipping containers.
At Connect Fleet we can integrate over 900 different types of GPS hardware onto our platform, giving us incredible flexibility as we can provide a tailored GPS solution for almost any type of asset or unique set of data requirements.
How much are you willing to spend?
While the solution you choose should fit within your budget, don’t let price be the defining factor when it comes to choosing a GPS fleet tracking solution.
Make sure the agreement is inclusive of all required factors such as sim card costs, data charges, software subscription and hardware costs, some providers have features that come at an additional cost to their “monthly rate”.
Before you sign the dotted line, ask if you are covered with warranty for the entire life of the agreement and understand your terms and conditions.
In the day and age where a lot of work is done from mobile devices, it is a no-brainer to install a GPS fleet tracking system that is mobile accessible. Knowing where your fleet is at from anywhere in the world, means you gain complete transparency of your day-to-day business operations and can stay in control.
Ask about notifications!
One handy software feature you should look for is the platforms ability to set reminders and notifications. Knowing when an assets maintenance is due, being alerted when an employee is driving unsafe, or receiving instant alerts when a critical event occurs is a saving grace for any business.
Will you receive ongoing support?
In moments of technical difficulties, and when you need an answer on the spot, scrolling through a string of unrelated FAQs can feel frustrating and unhelpful.
Does the provider you are dealing with provide ongoing support, and is there the option to call a representative when you have a technical question, forgot a password or need further training?
You wouldn’t want to commit to a solution on a multi-year agreement, only to realise that customer service is dismal and non-existent on their end.
If you are strongly considering adding a GPS fleet management solution in your business, and need further guidance or more information, please reach out to us today.
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