GPS Fleet Tracking for Public Works: Becoming Effective and EfficientAugust 24, 2012 by: Carol Jacobson
In today’s economy, federal, state and local budgets are being cut. That means, as a public works operation, you need to find ways to save money, all while providing fast, efficient service. Whether your public works department offers electric, water, gas, sewer or garbage removal services, you have a fleet to manage and a budget to stick to.
Have you ever considered GPS tracking to get your fleet running at its best? At Wireless Matrix, our SaaS solution, FleetOutlook, can help you save money while improving overall fleet efficiency, individual driver productivity, and strengthening your customer service.
How, you ask?
Let’s start with the basics. Your vehicles. FleetOutlook allows you to track each vehicle. You’ll be able to see when vehicles left the yard or drivers’ homes. Now you know if your employees started the day on time. You’ll be able to see where vehicles are going, when they arrive to jobs and when they are leaving. This allows you to see how long each job is taking, and if your drivers are spending too long at a location for a specified job. You’ll be able to see when the vehicles arrive at the yard or back at the drivers’ homes at the end of the day. This means you get a complete picture of each vehicle, and of your fleet as a whole, each day.
What can you do with that information? You can make sure time cards align with vehicle history. You can reduce overtime by coaching drivers to start the day on time, take only the necessary amount of time for each job, and end the day on time. With just these metrics, you’ve already increased the productivity of your fleet and saved money.
Looking for more savings? You can track idle time and then make a plan to minimize it, which reduces fuel costs. With Garmin integration, your drivers can receive turn-by-turn directions, so they never get lost – saving both time and fuel. Some insurance companies even offer discounts for adding GPS tracking to your fleet.
Now, let’s talk customer service. By tracking your fleet, your fleet is better equipped to meet service time windows. Because every customer’s time is valuable, you always want to make sure your driver’s arrive on time and complete work orders effectively and efficiently. Additionally, during power outages or water main breaks, you’ll be able to locate the nearest vehicle to respond to the emergency situation. The faster you can fix the problem, the better the service you are providing to your customers.