GPS technology has undoubtedly revolutionized the world we live in just like the mobile phones.
And GPS is now implemented in almost all fields like scientific research, fleet management, safety concerns, healthcare and even leisure activities.
Nevertheless, the applications range from prediction of earthquakes to assisting golf players.
GPS enabled smartphones are increasingly becoming popular and acceptable in spite of ethical concerns of privacy.
Similar is the case of the construction industry, which is an evergreen field in terms of revenue generation.
Fleet management software can be utilized effectively in construction companies for many purposes.
- Vehicle tracking
The basic function of a fleet management system serves your need to track and monitor your vehicles with ease.
For a construction company, this utility helps you to keep track of your assets and resources for building.
For example, a GPS enabled truck or lorry carrying your building materials can be remotely tracked and vehicle movement monitored using the fleet management software.
Any instances of potential theft, route changes, etc. can be observed and alerted.
Vehicle location, speed, and direction are transmitted to the fleet management software in the server.
The terrestrial data transmission employs mobile networks. If your vehicle often passes through remote areas where signal is weak, this might be problematic.
Satellite data transmission units are also available to overcome this issue. They send the data exclusively via satellites and hence can locate vehicles, even in remote places.
- Vehicle dispatch systems
It involves assigning the nearest vehicle for the task. The service is usually employed in cab rentals, courier services and emergency purposes.
In the construction industry, you can assign the nearest possible vehicle to fetch the building resources and can avoid delays in supply.
Construction supervisors and managers can thus effectively carry on with construction activities without such usual work delays due to non-availability of resources.
When work hours translate into cost, this might result in considerable savings for your firm.
A centralized server of the fleet management system receives the requests, checks the networks for the nearest vehicle and assigns the vehicle for the task.
Computer aided dispatch systems are now popular and suitable for sending the vehicles, according to availability, time needed to reach the spot, client requirement, etc.
SMS info can be scheduled to be sent when the vehicle in on the way so as to alert the end user. Some GPS vehicle tracking devices have two-way caller facilities built in so as to facilitate effective communication.
Modern mobile data terminals offer beyond the mere communication facilities. They often integrate and display maps, and provide with safety information for the user.
- Scheduling drivers
Fleet management software assists you find the right crew personnel for the specified task.
For example, a heavy vehicle licensed driver might not be able to operate a crane.
It requires the skill and specific set of expertise. In such cases, the fleet management software analyse the requirements, identify the correct persons, and assign responsibility automatically.
Though easily said, this involves complex calculations and algorithms, which is optimized to fulfill the task in the least possible time.
- Tracking of assets
This might be undoubtedly the most important function of fleet management system in the construction industry.
The industry is often susceptible to loss and theft of resources and tracking a loaded vehicle from the source to the construction site becomes easier with a fleet management software.
However, individual monitoring of resources is possible by combining the RFID technology with GPS.
Passive RFID tags consume less power and can prolong tracking time. Devices which combine Smartphone technology with satellite or GPS system are also available.
In short, construction supervisors and site managers can easily track all the goods which are loaded onto a vehicle or entrusted to a driver.
With the advent of GPS tracking system, you can now conveniently analyse the driving patterns of individual drivers and thereby, recognize their unacceptable driving habits.
Over the Air security and control features enable you to prevent the engine from switching on in cases of emergency.
Consequently, stolen or lost vehicles can thus be easily identified and cargo can be retrieved in less time.
Meanwhile, you can also utilize the data to keep an eye on potentially erring drivers to lower the chances of resource damage and theft.
And, the automatic systems decelerate the vehicle, thus putting a stop to the vehicle and locks the brakes or prevents engine from switching on again for a predetermined time.
Here’s a Slideshare presentation on how GPS vehicle tracking helps oil and gas transportation companies: