An integrated vehicle tracking and route planning software can provide enormous business benefits that can’t be expected by using two systems simultaneously. Integration allows comparison of activities, what exactly is happening in real time and if there are any discrepancies the fleet manager or owner can take the time and appropriate decision to correct them instantly. Implementation of the integrated software is an easy process if your routing and scheduling system already has a well-established interface with your vehicle tracking system.
Understanding the working and the role of an integrated system
Integration just involves installation of a layer of software between routing and scheduling system and a GPS device in the vehicle. The software uses algorithms to communicate the messages received from the GPS device so that it can monitor the vehicle throughout the planned route. It will allow the fleet manager not only to see the dots on the Google map, but they are in a position to forecast whether the vehicle will reach its destination on time, early or late. And it does not end here the fleet manager is in a position to communicate the exact time to the customer when the vehicle will reach its destination.
Integration is possible with more than one vehicle tracking system.
If you are using more than one system to follow-up, then scheduling and routing software can be integrated with multiple tracking products. And it provides a significant advantage to those having a seasonal business, that has massive volumes during the peak period. You can add short-term contract transport operators, irrespective of the fact what tracking device they are using in their vehicle as you are in a position to integrate any vehicle tracking system with the utilisation of the software. Alternatively, a portable tracking device can also be kept to disburse among the temporary drivers. Either way, you can extend logistic management of your whole fleet.
Benefits of the integrated vehicle tracking system and route planning software.
Integration allows to find the reasons for the delay in reaching a particular customer; it can be due to the discrepancy in planingthe route or face regular traffic jams in a specific area at a specific point in time. An integrated vehicle tracking system and routing and scheduling software can allow the fleet manager to identify the area of built up traffic quickly and update the data within routing and scheduling software to create more accurate and achievable route schedules.
Further, it allows the fleet manager to keep proactively informing their customers of the vehicle progress as against planned routes to avert future problems. And this will benefit in two ways, not only are the managers in a position to update customers of unexpected delays along with the reason for such delay, but this will allow the customers to be available at the scheduled arrival time of the vehicle that in turn will lessen the driver waiting time.
Fortunately, several hours spent on planning routes can be reduced to minutes by using an integrated vehicle tracking system and route planning software. It will not only allow you to save time, transportation cost, fuel usage but will also enhance your customer base with improved services.