Choosing A GPS Fleet Tracking System: A Buyer's Guide
As you invest in the technology to track your fleet, focus on GPS fleet tracking systems. A fleet tracking system by Track Your Truck will help you protect against cargo theft, which is a growing concern in the U.S. Below, learn about how GPS tracking works and can benefit your business with tips along the way for choosing the right system for your fleet.
What Is GPS Fleet Tracking?
GPS fleet tracking uses satellite technology to follow vehicles across any terrain or in any location. Along with a tracking device, the interface is web-based and a SIM card is installed in the actual unit for storing information. Now, you can identify the exact location of your equipment at any time.
GPS Tracking Benefits
The primary reason fleet managers choose GPS tracking is for cargo security. According to the Commercial Carrier Journal, cargo theft increased by 8 percent from 2017 to 2018. Yet, even more staggering, the total value of stolen freight increased by 28 percent in the same 12-month period.
To protect against theft, GPS tracking gives you the ability to track your truck at all times. Trailers equipped with a GPS fleet tracking device are easily recoverable compared to unprotected and untraceable trailers loaded with high-priced freight. Other GPS tracking benefits include providing customers with real-time location information. This increases customers’ confidence and satisfaction in monitoring their cargo at all times.
Installing GPS Tracking Systems
When selecting fleet tracking systems, look at setup for your units. For our GPS tracking system, if you have someone in your shop who has a working knowledge of basic 12-volt electrical systems, he or she should be able to install a GPS tracking device.
The system is easy to install, and all necessary cables and fuse kits are included. If you require assistance, our team of service reps will provide you with resources to find a professional installer near you.
Some advice for saving money along the way:
- Take your trucks to the installer.
- Arrange for the installer to handle the installation for your entire fleet at once.
Typically, you can expect to pay $75 to $150 for this service, but the price is often negotiable.
Final Tips for Choosing the Right GPS Fleet Tracking System
Start by selecting a vendor for a GPS tracking device that offers full warranties and satisfaction guarantees on its products. This way, you can rest assured that your fleet will be protected at the most affordable price. When installing any new GPS fleet tracking system, make sure to keep all of your paperwork and documentation. This ensures your fleet will remain compliant with state and federal regulations.