Over the last decade, GPS Tracking technology has been increasingly adopted by a number of different businesses.
While fleet management businesses have clearly been the strongest advocates, there are a host of other industries that are now opening up to its possibilities, notable among them being the Construction industry, where GPS tracking technology is helping companies to create efficiencies in a host of areas.
Here are 17 tips for construction companies to benefit from GPS tracking:
1.Monitoring key aspects of your business: Typically, the GPS devices and sensors used in construction are rugged and can withstand rough working conditions.
These devices can be used to monitor trucks, service vehicles, as well as earth moving machinery and specialized equipment. Other factors such as fuel usage, temperature, engine hours as well as work hours put in by the employees can also be tracked to provide a comprehensive view of the entire business.
2.Tracking your valuable equipment: GPS tracking can help you determine where your specialized construction equipment is, whether or not it is functioning and when it is due for service.
This helps your experts to fix whatever needs fixing with minimum disruption to the business.
Specialized sensors such as PTO (Power Take off) can track when the engine was started or stopped, and other such trigger events could also be setup.
3.Locating stolen vehicles or equipment: When you use GPS tracking devices for your fleets and equipment, there is a low possibility of them being stolen, and even if they do, it is easy for the police to locate them.
4.Smarter route planning and dispatch: GPS tracking can enable turn-by-turn navigation for your drivers and also help you determine the most efficient routes that minimize idle time for your heavy-duty vehicles and drivers.
You can monitor traffic congestion, view recent accident reports and even ensure that roads and underpasses are suitable for the height and width of your vehicle.
5.Increasing safety in operations: You can receive real time alerts and notifications about the driver behavior, such as excessive speeding, hard turns and hard braking.
In the event of an emergency, a panic alarm or call for help can be sent out to your phone, which will enable you to take immediate action.
Additionally, by viewing data on work hours, you can determine which drivers may be exhausted by working long hours and take corrective action in time.
6.Set up Geo-fencing: Essentially this means that you can create virtual fences to demarcate your work zone, and receive instant alerts every time vehicles, machinery and labor enter the zone and leave it, thus giving you better control of your resources.
7.Automating Compliance: This is important on account of the mandated shift from paper logs to ELD. Tracking data pertaining to hours of service can be recorded and transmitted directly to the regulatory bodies in the required format.
8.Tracking fuel consumption: Keeping fuel costs low is the key to maintain operational health and viability. You can easily study fuel usage reports against vehicle stats and driver behavior to determine the causes for excess fuel consumption.
9.Improving driver work-life balance: By studying driver behavior data along with hours of service reports, you can get an insight into which drivers are being affected by long hours away from home and can employ measures to ensure that specific drivers get more ‘home time’ than others.
10.Improving productivity and employee satisfaction: By using various measures such as optimal routing/ dispatch and correction of driver behavior, you can bring about better utilization of labor time and increase project deliveries, thus enhancing productivity.
This would result in increased revenue and profits, that can be channeled for increased pay and reward schemes, thus boosting employee satisfaction as well as retention.
11.Giving Constructive feedback: It is possible to track driver behavior in real time and whenever required, send out instantaneous alerts and corrective instruction to the drivers.
They can then apply these corrections almost immediately, and see the positive results. This boosts positivity at work and improves the morale of your work force.
12.Preventing unlawful usage of vehicles and equipment: By cross checking engine hours and mileage reports, you can determine if the vehicle or equipment was used after hours, and by viewing geo-fencing reports, you can pin point which of them were used out of the work zone.
13.Increasing customer satisfaction: By providing your customers with a visibility on real time location, vehicle speed, traffic conditions etc., you can effectively manage their expectations on delivery, leading to the higher satisfaction levels.
14.Reducing paperwork: Thanks to GPS tracking, a host of activities can be automated, such as time-in/ time-out logs, payroll, vehicle and equipment usage, inventory management, maintenance records and billing.
It is possible to create and send out vital project stats from the site location itself, which expedites the billing process.
15.Improving operational efficiency: By reviewing PTO event reports, it is possible to check both, idle time of machinery and equipment, as well as excessive use of the same. By correcting both of these situations, one can ensure optimal utilization as well as reduced wear and tear.
16.Saving on insurance: The more advanced your equipment, the higher your insurance costs. But by using GPS tracking, you ensure that stolen vehicles or equipment can be easily located and recovered, which can result in lower premiums.
17.Strategic planning: You can draw up new business plans/ budget for new projects by using estimates based on historical data on fuel, labor and service costs. You can even look at usage reports to determine which equipment/ vehicles to phase out and which ones to replenish.
Thus, GPS tracking can potentially transform the way construction companies do business.
Further, an efficient GPS Fleet tracking system can provide an intuitive interface to users, offering all the vital reports of the business at their finger-tips, giving them full visibility of their business and enabling better decision making.