Fleet management is nothing new, and tracking technology is now well established in this marketplace. But with fuel costs spiralling, fleet managers are now under pressure to provide not only a real time picture of the vehicles’ locations, but also a full evaluation of the fleet’s efficiency, driver productivity and cost consumption. The killer apps now will be those that can provide managers with not only a snapshot of a fleet, but the data behind this that can help make tangible improvements.
Big Brother goes legit
And now it’s not only vehicles that are on the move. With the number of mobile workers growing year on year, having the ability to know where your employees are is no longer in the realms of Big Brother, but rather a necessity to ensure the workforce is functioning as effectively as possible.
The xTrack product suite succeeds in giving managers much more than a location tracking service. The products fall into three main suites: xTrack Vehicle Tracking Professional; xTrack PDA Tracking Professional; and xTrack Express for Blackberry Tracking.
xTrack Vehicle Tracking Professional gives fleet managers a centralised view of all vehicles’ locations, actual carbon emissions and data on MPH, RPM and MPG. The system also provides league tables of the best performers or worst offenders through a web-based portal providing real time information on all vehicles, which can be shared across the fleet to highlight where changes need to be made, either in fleet routing, driver numbers on certain days or even bad driving habits such as over-revving that are leading to excessive fuel consumption.
An interesting piece of functionality, I thought, is the ability to monitor the temperature of refrigerated cargo, to ensure that frozen and chilled foods are stored in a constant acceptable environment. Now who would have thought