Tracking Systems Bring Oversight & Safety
Technology is being utilized on a daily basis to improve workplace efficiency. That is why offices are filled with computers, high speed Internet provides instant online access and iChat, email and cellular communications are helping employees stay connected to one another. Although these forms of technology are commonplace in the office, what many people do not know is that satellite technology is also helping businesses enhance workforce production while boosting automotive fleet management.
GPS Tracking: Safety, Security & Savings
Any business that equips their vehicle fleet with GPS monitoring devices instantly improves driver safety, automotive security and mobile asset management. This is because GPS vehicle tracking solutions are data producing machines that can store locational data with simplicity, while also alerting fleet managers about automobile activity. For example, any business that has problem drivers, whether those vehicle operators are taking advantage of company time, driving too aggressively or letting their work automobile idle too long, can be weeded out through the use of tracking systems. With GPS monitoring devices that can connect directly into the on-board diagnostic port of any car or truck, accessing harsh braking, speeding or vehicle idling is simple. Therefore, finding problem drivers is simple, and that means businesses can reduce employee liability through simple and precise observation of employee vehicle management.
Another huge concern for companies is asset protection. Safeguarding company work trucks and other automobiles is essential, especially for those vehicle such as tractors, back hoes, skip loaders and other equipment that if stolen can delay a job from completing on time. Not to mention, result in employees unable to work. Real-time GPS trackers eliminate the concern over theft because the devices can transmit an alert to a person's cellular phone or email account the second a vehicle is moved. Even if a fast acting criminal is able to steal a work automobile and move the vehicle, the criminal won't be able to get far because the real-time GPS will constantly be transmitting positional information. This information can easily be relayed to local law enforcement who can apprehend the thief and return the stolen property.
The primary reason why businesses go into operation is profit, and tracker systems can help maximize company profit by saving businesses money. Here are five (5) common ways that business waste money:
- Unnecessary or Excessive Fuel Usage
- Poor Route Selection
- Extended Vehicle Idling
- Employee Abuse Of Company Time
- Loss From Theft
The bad news is that any company that has one of the above mentioned problems is draining profit. However, the good news is that through the expanded use of tracking systems that use sophisticated GPS satellite technology, businesses can correct all of the above situations. Not to mention get additional insight into driver activity that can be crucial in determining how efficient employees are being when operating company equipment.
The Privacy Question
Surveillance based equipment always has the stigma associated with it that it invades the privacy of the worker. Although this question is important, it is also important to look at the use of GPS tracker systems from all angles. For example, is it an invasion of privacy for employers to monitor company computers to ensure information is not being leaked or employees aren't spending half their day with social media? Of course not, and this is a practice that the majority of offices have in place, and employees understand.
Another example could be the use of hidden camera or video monitoring equipment. Theses devices, which can be found in almost every single retail store, document activity 24/7. Would a bank employee say that video monitoring is an invasion of their privacy even though the cameras are recording their every move throughout the work day? How is the use of a GPS unit any different for monitoring a employee, on company time, operating a company vehicle? It is not any different, and employees should understand that on the clock is on the clock. GPS monitoring systems, like video monitoring systems, are there to enhance both security and productivity.
Tracking systems bring oversight and safety, two things that result in a more efficient staff and higher profits. No matter what the size of the business is, with the help of GPS monitoring any company trim waste, escalate security and bank more profit.