As a company owner or fleet manager in today’s highly competitive transportation environment, the more information you have at your disposal, the more effectively you can monitor the performance of your drivers and trucks. A GPS truck tracking system enables you to gather essential data about your vehicles. You’ll be able to make informed decisions that will increase efficiencies and significantly reduce your operating expenses.
GPS truck tracking entails the installation of a tracking unit, typically under the dashboard of the vehicle. The device is out of sight and reach to prevent device tampering — the driver doesn’t even have to know it’s there. A web-based software platform that is accessible via an internet-connected computer or smartphone provides tracking information.
A GPS tracker for semi-trucks typically use cellular transmission, requiring areas where there is cell coverage to transmit the signal. If a driver traveling in remote areas moves out of range, the system will store the GPS messages and send them to the server when the unit regains a cellular signal.
Systems consist of both hardware and software. While hardware will vary depending on the type of fleet your company manages and whether you prefer covert tracking, it must be compatible with the tracking software your company uses. The hardware tracks vehicles and sends the information to the software, a centralized hub for fleet activity data.
GPS tracking systems will provide real-time information regarding key data such as vehicle speed, location, direction and time, all of which are invaluable to fleet managers. They also collect historical data, which fleet managers can utilize for analytical purposes.
Types of GPS Truck Tracking Systems
You can choose among various GPS truck tracking systems to fit your company’s needs and seamlessly integrate your current vehicles and technology. Track Your Truck offers multiple solutions for your company, including:
Plug-in: Commercial plug-in trackers are easy for your company to install, getting your tracking software up and running quickly and saving you time and money. Plug-in trackers don’t require wiring, as you only have to plug the device into an OBDII port. You can also choose to include extension cables to maximize potential placement options. Track Your Truck’s plug-in vehicle trackers offer incredibly accurate location monitoring and support a variety of data types.
Hardwired: Hardwired trackers also track fleet location in real time. These units include expanded features compared to their plug-in counterparts without a significant price increase, though they do involve a more complex installation process requiring someone who has electrical knowledge about vehicles. Hardwired trackers’ advanced capabilities include starter disable, remote door locking capabilities, increased driver monitoring and driver validation through a key fob.
Trailer: A GPS trailer tracker allows you to monitor fleets from a distance. You’ll be able to view a unit’s location in real time when it’s tethered to a power source, and its passive tracking capability updates its location up to six times a day. The rechargeable battery the system uses for passive tracking notifies you when its power level is low.
Satellite equipment: Equipment is a valuable asset for your company, so any loss or theft can prove to be a significant expense. Satellite GPS equipment trackers can protect your assets to ensure your equipment stays protected and arrives at the proper location on time. Track Your Truck satellite equipment trackers offer depot-to-depot tracking and standard passive tracking with a maximum of six location updates a day. Further, this tracking system doesn’t require wiring, as it runs on a lithium battery.
Dashcams: You can easily monitor any fleet from the driver’s seat with a dashcam. You can save on insurance costs through real-time video by proving driver claims and correcting reckless driving. In the case of an accident, dashcams will also keep the footage and send it to the account manager.
Questions to Contemplate When Researching Truck Tracking Systems
When looking to buy a GPS truck tracking system, you should begin by creating a list of questions. Contemplating your company’s needs will help you narrow down your options to select the best system.
Start by asking yourself these 10 questions when evaluating the best truck tracking system for your company:
Do I need tracking systems to report on vehicle location information in real time, or will historical data suffice?
What type of information about drivers and fleets will I need to track?
What’s my budget for upfront costs and recurring fees?
Will a system help my business operate in a more eco-friendly way?
Will I benefit from a system that comes with a mobile application? How often do I have to monitor vehicle location from out in the field?
Do my employees log hours accurately? Could I improve processes like hour logging and payroll with automation?
Is vehicle theft a significant concern for my company?
Does this fleet management software integrate with my company’s other technology?
Will I need to train employees in using the software? Is my company able to integrate it independently?
What features can I use immediately, and which might I need in the future? Will the system scale with my growing business?
Popular features that come with truck tracking systems include:
Passive and active tracking: With passive monitoring, the receiver stores data on the semi’s GPS tracker, meaning that team members will have to download data once the fleet vehicle is returned to the office. Active tracking, however, provides real-time information about a vehicle’s location and movement. While more expensive, active tracking provides real-time, hassle-free tracking, making it one of the most popular tracking methods. If you need to track a work truck or fleet, you should consider using a system that provides updates in real time.
Quality of location tracking: The system you choose should provide accurate location tracking. Track Your Truck’s NetTrack GPS mapping software is accurate to within 10 to 15 feet in optimal conditions. You’ll also want to identify how long the data stays in the system and choose a program that fits your reporting needs.
If the company uses a third party: You should consider whether a company sells its own software or uses a third party. If a company provides its own software, you should check if its customer support team will work with yours to provide custom solutions. For companies that use a third-party software provider, you should ask if they have a plan if the provider goes out of business — this protective measure will ensure you don’t end up with a lot of devices and no software to which they can connect.
Compliance: Make certain that the system you choose is compliant with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ELD requirements.
Scalability: GPS truck tracking systems should scale with your business. Because your fleet management solutions change as your company grows, you should be wary of companies that offer automatically renewing contracts.
Customer support: Many companies prefer to work with a tracking system provider that offers extensive customer support during the tracking system’s integration and operation. However, the system should be easy enough to use that your team can integrate it with minimal help.
Partner With Track Your Truck for GPS Tracking Systems
Track Your Truck tracking solutions make it easier for fleet managers to reduce costs and provide better service. With our advanced GPS truck monitoring technology, you’ll be able to improve driver efficiency and safety. Our software is also customizable, which will allow you to adapt the devices to your unique vehicle requirements, continually giving you an excellent return on your investment.
We offer exceptional customer service, videos and training materials so you can properly implement your system for your specific needs. Plus, partnering with Track Your Truck is risk-free since we offer a 30-day money-back guarantee and a one-year warranty.