One of the key standard functions of a telematics system is geopositioning –the GPS tracking and regular relay of a vehicle’s location. This underpins a range of services aimed at improving the performance and profitability of haulage and logistics companies alike.
GPS tracking makes it possible to define the route taken and actual distance travelled, information which can then be used to optimize routes and vehicle maintenance schedules. Take route planning software, for example. In the past, this kind of software calculated hypothetical ‘ideal’ routes according to number of stops and transportation constraints.
Today’s tracking systems, via their onboard modules, calculate routes on the go and continuously, taking into account unexpected issues such as traffic jams. These real-time GPS trackers are able to recalculate each route and ETA with fine-tuned precision, thereby reducing the total distance travelled, limiting transportation costs and improving delivery visibility for customers.
GPS tracking is also invaluable for fleet maintenance, enabling companies to identify upcoming service deadlines based on actual vehicle use and mileage. And if a vehicle is in distress, it can be located immediately for rapid emergency or breakdown assistance.
Automatic tracking by geofencing
The GPS tracking of tractors, trailers, construction and lift trucks also enables managers to know exactly where each vehicle is located at any point in time and whether it is in use or parked.
The creation of virtual geographic zones and corridors enables the automatic triggering of geofencing alerts whenever a vehicle enters or leaves a logistics site or a specific region or country. Combined with a timer, GPS trackers also make it possible to define waiting times at logistics platforms and customer premises, in order to optimize overall fleet utilization, reduce delay penalties, and ensure smooth relations with customers and partners.
Ecodriving and fuel management
GPS tracking can also be combined with telematics to enhance driver training. By comparing driver behaviour with the road conditions, geography and topography, specific advice is given to reduce fuel consumption and costs.
GPS modules are also vital for rapidly locating a stolen vehicle, triggering an alert in the event of an abnormal trailer movement or remotely locking or unlocking the doors. Some insurance companies even offer lower premiums for GPS-tracked vehicles, which run less risk of being damaged or stolen.
Novacom’s Trailermatics system features a wide range of dedicated embedded cellular (2G, 3G, 4G), satellite and IoT (Sigfox) technologies. These ensure flawless data feedback, tailored to the specific tracking needs of each company. Through the automatic processing and analysis of this data, Trailermatics helps to improve fleet performance, service levels and punctuality, all with a view to improving overall cost-effectiveness.