It is normal for most businesses that have to supply products to various locations to have a fleet of transport equipment to facilitate this service to their customers. The fleet requires being constantly monitored to ensure efficiency of use, quick turnaround times and other factors like schedules and fuel consumption. Vehicle tracking software allows businesses to have complete control over their fleet operations. This software tracks the hardware positioned on each vehicle and uses the internet to communicate with computers based at control stations or offices. This software can monitor the position of a vehicle at any given time and compare it to schedules and expected times of arrival. The software can also keep track of fuel efficiency and the idle time spent so that fleet vehicles are more efficiently used. The vehicle tracking software can be programmed to track the mileage done by each vehicle, so that scheduled maintenance is carried out, and this can go a long way in improving the life of vehicles.
This software can also be installed in personal vehicles as this allows the vehicle to be tracked at all times, and can be of great help in case vehicles are stolen. Tracking of vehicles can even be installed on vehicles that are rented or leased so that it ensures it efficient usage. The installation of systems for tracking vehicles can help in reduction of premiums, as it is considered that this installation gives a greater chance of stolen vehicles being recovered. Vehicle tracking software can also be used as a navigational tool that automatically defines routes for drivers and gives detailed directions that reduce the time required to find unknown locations. Traffic congestion, if noticed, can allow the software to suggest alternate routes for reaching the destination. the software can also be used to send automatic messages or emails when it senses that a vehicle is off track or not where it is supposed to be.
The most commonly used vehicle tracking system has beacons or RFID tags installed on vehicles. These trackers send information constantly to a central location or cellular service. GPS tracking software is gradually being made a standard attachment in all new vehicles and many governments insist on this.It is expected that this compulsory installation will go a long way in reducing thefts of automobiles. The software can not only provide location details but also keep track of vehicle speeds so that speed limits are adhered to and offending drivers cautioned in case they are contravening laws. Many modern day smartphones have this software installed in them and are being increasingly being used by operators of large fleets to keep track of their vehicles without the need to install any other devices or software.
Tracking software is widely available over the internet and most of this is free. Large businesses may, however, need to have software that is customized to their particular requirements. This can help to maintain confidentiality and ensure that any information is confidential and remains on a need to know basis.