In today’s commercial landscape, many types of software are used to streamline fleet management. One of the most beneficial information technology systems for construction fleets is GPS tracking software.
Advanced GPS tracking provides vehicle and asset tracking for construction fleets and goes beyond just current locations; it changes fleet management for the better. Adoption of GPS tracking is steadily increasing as fleets recognize the technology’s fast return on investment. To ensure GPS tracking is successfully integrated into operations, fleet management should develop a plan prior to implementation, select a point person to be in charge of the project, introduce the technology to employees and fully embrace modern practices that will make improvements to operations.
Develop a Plan to Ensure Success
Once the decision has been made to use GPS tracking to enhance fleet management, a strategy should be put in place for the deployment. To make sure the rollout is successful, fleet managers should meet with all colleagues involved in the project to set expectations from the software and define business goals. Deploying the system with an idea of what it needs to do, who will be using it, and a basic understanding of its functionality increases how effectively the software works for the business.
Select a GPS Tracking Point Person
Although managing a GPS tracking system is not typically a full-time job, it is important to ensure the right person in the organization is put in charge as the point person for the project. It is recommended to have a GPS tracking point person so that he or she can answer questions once the system is implemented, direct employees on best practices and ensure the data is being utilized in the best way possible. A few characteristics of the best person for this role include an understanding of why the business will be using GPS tracking technology, the ability to talk about vehicles and equipment with the provider, the authority to enforce driver policies and the willingness to convey information to all departments that use the technology.
Introduce GPS tracking to Employees
When rolling out GPS tracking, it is important to clearly and openly discuss the initiative with employees. Employees often feel uneasy about GPS tracking if it is not explained in their terms. By letting employees know why the business will be using it and how it will benefit them and the business overall, they are much more likely to be on board with the use of the technology. One of the most common mistakes fleet managers make when deploying a GPS tracking system is not being forthcoming with employees about their plans to track their vehicles. Being transparent prevents employee pushback and gets everyone on board from the start.
Embrace Modern Fleet Management Practices
One of the most common reasons fleets are hesitant about purchasing software is that they don’t think it will make a significant difference in how they are currently managing their operations. For many companies, fleet management has been done the same way for many years, so the idea of making such a seemingly vast change can be daunting.
Using GPS tracking software allows construction fleets to gain real-time visibility over vehicles and assets, increase efficiency and productivity, automate processes that are traditionally time-consuming and complicated to track, reduce operational costs across the board, and receive insight into all aspects of their operations. There should be no uncertainty about deploying software that will provide such significant benefits unachievable without it. By modernizing the way fleet operations are monitored, management practices will improve and increase the business’s overall effectiveness.
To increase operational effectiveness, construction fleets are turning to GPS tracking and other software platforms to get the full picture of what is happening with their fleet, seamlessly update information and take action in real-time. To receive the most value from GPS tracking technology, construction fleets should do their research to select the best provider that will meet their needs, strategically plan the deployment, and stay on top of the project once it’s implemented.