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Six Of The Most Common Misconceptions Concerning GPS Vehicle Tracking Systems

Jun 19, 2008
As vehicle tracking systems that utilise GPS devices become increasingly advanced their application to a variety of different industries has become more apparent. Nowhere is this more evident as in the fleet and security industries. There are however some in these industries that remain resistive to the change and would prefer to carry on using their existing methods rather than utilising a modern and technologically advanced vehicle tracking system. Here some of the most common misconceptions when it comes to implementing vehicle tracking systems into businesses.

The first of these misconceptions is the belief that the implementation of a vehicle tracking system is not necessary if you trust you staff members. It must be understood that a vehicle tracking system is not there to act like Big Brother; its main purpose is to increase the operational efficiency of the business and reduce the fuel and maintenance cost for the entire fleet. In addition, a vehicle tracking system also provides an extra element of security for workers.

Another fear of managers is that by implementing a vehicle tracking system, their fleet drivers will become angered; some even fear industrial action or a complete walkout. This however is simply not true, recent research into companies that have already incorporated a tracking system into their business have found that overall the response from workers is positive rather than negative. Once workers see the benefits of the system will actually help their day to day lives, such as the reduction in paperwork, the acceptance is almost guaranteed.

Many fleet managers are wary of vehicle tracking systems as they believe they may be difficult to install and implement effectively. This is where the company you choose to buy your system from is vital; a good company will provide you with installation support that ensures the transition is as stress free as possible. They can do this by working with staff and managers to ensure the system is used effectively, instructing vehicle drivers on how to use the system and to provide technical knowledge on any problems that may arise.

Some managers have raised the argument that they simply do not need a vehicle tracking system as they can carry the work effectively enough through the use of cell phones. While cell phones are excellent for communication, it is the case that as a means of monitoring vehicle location and engine status they are completely useless. Cell phones can also be switched off and as such prove to be an inefficient way to manage a mobile workforce. The detail given by a GPS tracking system makes it a far more effective way of monitoring an entire fleet in comparison to cell phones.

One of the most common misconceptions concerning GPS vehicle tracking is that it is simply a product that requires purchasing. Many do not realise that a system resembles a service rather than a product usually incorporating a contract that will last around three to four years. In this respect it is vitally important to find a vendor that will provide you with great customer service and will be efficient in performing tasks relating to the system.

The final misconception is that a business will not be able to afford a GPS vehicle tracking system. In some respects this may be true, these systems do not come cheap, there is a considerable hardware investment as well as the long term contract and fees to be considered. However those who have made this initial outlay tend to find in a period of around six months the system has ironed out inefficiencies that were costing the company hundreds if not thousands every month. In short, this type of system will pay for itself in time.

Hopefully this article has gone some of the way to explaining some of the common misconceptions that surround the world of GPS vehicle tracking. Today, as more and more companies implement this technology the major concern should be that to stay ahead of the competition, a tracking system may indeed prove a prerequisite.
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Technology expert Thomas Pretty looks into vehicle tracking systems and the reasons some companies are resisting implementation.
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