Satellite navigation allows you not only to find out your own current coordinates. After all, it is so important to know - where is the car, has it deviated from the planned path?
It turned out that the introduction of new technology even allows you to make a profit. Many people still consider satellite tracking systems to be just another useless toy, so it's time to dispel some myths.
A GPS device is too expensive. Until recently, it seemed that direct communication with satellites could not be available to an ordinary user. It was logical to assume that navigators should be expensive too. But this was the case several years ago. Today, devices with similar functionality are available to anyone, they are also produced in Russia. Their prices have dropped by almost 4 times. Equipping a car with a modern GPS tracking system now costs no more than 12 thousand rubles. But its installation will immediately result in cost savings. It turns out that satellite navigation directly or indirectly pays off in a few months.
Satellite navigation and monitoring systems are absolutely useless toys at the enterprise. There are some people who install a GPS monitoring system but never use it again. For them, this is a really expensive and useless toy. But in the transport company, it is better to appoint a person responsible for using the monitoring system. In this case, it will be possible to achieve cost savings. The use of the system allows achieving both direct and indirect savings. The effect can best be seen when changing the fuel consumption accounting and control system.
Drivers' route sheets provide approximate information, which enables financiers, willingly or unwillingly, to make weighty postscripts not in favor of the enterprise. In practice, it turns out that the difference between the readings before the installation of the GPS monitoring system and after it can reach from 15 to 70 percent! Heavy trucks use a lot of fuel, you don't even need to install expensive fuel consumption sensors. Accurate satellite mileage data gives a clear picture. Indirect profit is achieved by increasing the intensity of the enterprise, reducing downtime and the effective choice of transport for the implementation of orders. These lost funds are usually invisible to business owners. And after the installation of the GPS system, it will be possible to increase the work intensity, and therefore the volume of orders. The problem of inoperability that led to the churn of customers will disappear. There are transport companies in which the driver can disappear with the car for hours or even days. Satellite monitoring will help dispatchers choose the most optimal routes for transport, and there is also a built-in function to control traffic jams. Some people generally feel all the delights of a satellite monitoring system only after a force majeure. For example, there may be an accident requiring accurate traffic data, theft of a cargo or a car, or a delay in delivery. In this case, the systems provide valuable data that will also save the company from losses. With the help of such monitoring, you can control the speed limit, and just stop left flights. This reduces the risk of accidents and reduces vehicle wear and tear. And knowing the places of filling, you can avoid the risks of using low-quality gasoline.
GPS tracking systems provide a subscription fee. Most of the companies on the market offer such satellite monitoring, which implies a subscription fee. Money is charged for the use of the server, for the activity of the tracking system and its maintenance. However, on the market, you can also find options for providing free services. An alternative is free server software, which is installed directly to the client on the computer. But the expenses by paying for GPRS traffic will fall on the customer. Actually, only for this you will have to pay regularly.
GPS monitoring is powered by expensive mobile internet. Here it is worth talking about who developed this system. Provided that the correct compression algorithms and information transfer are used, spending on the mobile Internet will not exceed $ 5-10 per month, which is not so much for a large company. Yes, no one bothers to choose the optimal tariff and operator that will provide the best cost of transferring the required amount of data.
The driver has the ability to cheat GPS monitoring. In fact, such a system is easier to screw up than to cheat. There is simply nothing to "twist" in this equipment, as in a car. GPS monitoring is a fully electronic system. If it malfunctions, it is recommended to conduct a thorough examination and identify the causes. If it turns out that the damage was intentional, then the perpetrator must be punished. Otherwise, sabotage can become widespread.
GPS monitoring should be installed only on cars owned by the company. Do not think that the installation of such equipment is one-time and difficult. Many companies providing logistics or trade services using rented vehicles install GPS monitoring even temporarily. This allows you to quickly make the processes operational and intensive. And the safety of goods is increasing, and downtime and temporary loss of drivers are reduced.
To save fuel, you need to install expensive sensors. Practice shows that large companies with more than a hundred cars in their garage write off fuel based on mileage data from satellite monitoring systems. Expensive specialized fuel gauges will, of course, provide more accurate readings. Only few companies have the necessary resources for this. And on most foreign vehicles, and sometimes domestic ones, taking into account a small error, standard fuel meters can also be used.
It is better to opt for an expensive and complex GPS tracking system. The main criterion for choosing a vehicle tracking system is the quality and reliability of the promised functionality. And there are many nuances that the performer can simply ignore. For example, unreasonable spending of GPRS traffic will lead to significant monthly expenses. Your device may have insufficient internal memory, which could result in data loss if you are out of coverage for a long time. A bad connection will make the data inoperative.
Better to use only the GLONASS system. There is also a directly opposite myth, which calls for preferring only the GPS system. In fact, today most of the equipment operates in a combined mode, providing interaction with both navigation systems. And devices based on GPS will be quite effective. It is difficult to imagine that in our country, suddenly, overnight, the “hostile” GPS was banned. This is practically impossible to implement.
GPS tracking devices usually work no more than a couple of years. When choosing such systems for your cars, an important nuance should be taken into account. It is best to choose a device from a Russian manufacturer that has long been on the market. Typically, such devices are warranted for no more than a year. Most often, during such a period, a low-quality system fails. A foreign guarantee will help little, but with a Russian device there are chances to carry out a quick and cheap repair.
GPS monitoring will not help in case of theft. It is believed that hijackers effectively combat tracking systems with their jammers. In fact, practice has shown that few of the hijackers use a tool to block a satellite monitoring system; there are only about 30% of such attackers. And although GPS monitoring does not provide a 100% guarantee against theft, there is still a chance of returning the stolen product. There is also a special equipment for GPS tracking. It can turn on every few minutes at certain times. Finding this device using conventional radio measuring equipment is almost impossible.