When you mention fleet GPS tracking, many people think about tractor trailers or other large trucks that companies track while they are on the road. But fleet GPS tracking has many different applications and can help your business keep track of many different things.
Vehicle and Driver Locations
GPS systems on company vehicles are a good way to track the location of the vehicle and the driver of the vehicle. The location may be important if your company is continually dispatching vehicles to different locations and needs to track what vehicle is closest to the location you need a vehicle at. Delivery companies, shipping companies, repair companies, and taxis can all benefit from this kind of tracking.
Even companies like pizza and fast food delivery companies have started using GPS tracking to identify where their drivers are and how long it will take them to get products to customers.
If you are a shipper and are sending a high-value shipment somewhere and need to be able to track it, GPS tracking can be attached to the shipment, allowing you to track it all the way from pickup to delivery. Tracking the shipment this way allows you to stay on top of where it is and when it is moving. While the truck carrying the load may be on GPS tracking, there is no way to know if the trailer is attached to the truck or not in most cases. Tracking the load avoids that problem by not relying on the carrier to provide information about truck movement and locations.
For shipping companies that are moving a large volume of trailers, sometimes using carriers that are contractors, keeping track of each trailer in the fleet can be important. The trailers with loads in them are still the responsibility of the carrier and if the trailers are being left in locations without a truck attached, putting GPS on the trailer can help you keep track of each and every trailer, where it is sitting, and where it is moving to or from.
Your company is responsible for the load until it is delivered to the receiver, but even once the trailer is empty, it is important to know where your resources are at. The trailer is an asset that you don't want to lose but could sit in a yard until you have a driver in the area to pick it up. The GPS will help you keep track of that trailer from the time it is dropped until it is back on your truck or at your facility.