General Vehicle Tracking costs - gps tracking- gs vehicle tracking
Our world some may say, has been taken over by technology just a little too much, as everyone knows, the more technology (especially in the vehicle tracker, fleet tracking, gps vehicle tracking industry) available the costs involved always drops day by day, but fuel on the other hand always rises, the longer you are running a fleet of vehicles the more sense it makes to invest in a vehicle tracking system. Adding a tracker or trackers to your fleet allows you to monitor all of your valuable vehicles usages at all times, accurate locations are found with just a search done within a few minutes. This type of service does not only track stolen vehicles and goods but also lets you monitor your workforce and their use of your businesses vehicles, scheduling of deliveries or any types of call outs more efficiently and reducing fuel costs through better route planning and influence over driver behaviour.
While the obvious convenience of a vehicle tracker system is a great benefit, we as Star Trac Africa know very well that the main reason for installing a tracking system is to save money. The right system for your business and in your personal life is therefore the most cost effective one that gives you all the functionality and support you need.
When it comes to vehicle tracking in particular costs are always a hot topic, comparing vehicle tracking prices are tricky – most tracking companies quote on an individual basis. This is of a great benefit to you, this means you are in a good understanding to negotiate a better deal than the offer first presented to you, the other side of this is that comparing what is on offer is a little trickier.
The Price guide in this article takes you through all the most readily available pricing options and various charges; you could make a sound decision to benefit you and your business greatly.
Anti-Theft Vehicle Tracking
When we talk about basic types of trackers in the industry, we talk about trackers only designed for the use in the event of vehicle theft. This type of tracker device is then activated and relays information via VHF (high-frequency radiowavers) or GPS (microwaves) to a tracking service. As a result you will have the vehicles location so that the vehicle could be recovered, on the more sophisticated types of devices you would get devices that use both GPS and VHF to avoid “jamming”.
These types of devices do not connect to the car battery so they are very hard to disable. But this also means they can’t effectively be used for live tracking.
GPS Fleet Tracking Systems
Now these systems offers the tracking for a company’s vehicle fleet – possibilities include the convenience of being able to track/monitor your staff via a web based portal that can be viewed via any smart phone. These GPS Fleet Tracking Systems relay copious amounts of data and provides these features:
You could check data that includes the vehicle or many vehicles location, speed or idling status in real time. What you should remember is that some tracking companies describes themselves as offering live tracking but you only get to view relay data every 5 or 10 minutes and charge extra for real time location fixes.
One of the most important features is the historical reports available, these reports offer information of every journey and can be accessed and investigated whenever needed.
Alerts are another useful feature, various alerts may be setup to know when a driver or drivers of your fleet reach’s their destination, as well as cost saving alerts where a vehicle is used out of hours or are exceeding speed limits in order to prevent any traffic fines.
As your driver goes about on his/her daily workload for the day, so called “Geo-fences” can be set up so that you are immediately alerted whenever a vehicle enters or leaves a previously defined area.
GPS fleet tracking systems are charged on a subscription basis depending on the number of vehicles you want to include. Extra charges might be included for adding or removing tracking units, this is what you should look for cautiously when gathering quotes, and additionally you may have to pay a refundable deposit for the installation of the tracking device.
Fleet Management Systems
When it comes to these types of systems, a wider range of tools are available to the user, these types of tools incorporates GPS vehicle tracking and also adds additional features such as:
- Integrated satellite navigation and route planning.
- Integration with tachographs or vehicle weighing devices so you get all your data from one place.
- Comprehensive reports on fuel efficiency, driver safety etc so you can do away with costly or unproductive behaviour.
- Individual driver IDs for when your drivers share a pool of vehicles.
- Vehicle maintenance scheduling to prolong vehicle life and reduce paperwork.
- Reports on carbon consumption for enhancing green credentials.
- Reports fleet tracking
Tips for Comparing Vehicle Tracking Costs
When searching for quotes across the vehicle tracking industry, you have to make sure that the contract has the entire extra’s you will be changed for using. Different vehicle tracking companies use different pricing structures, so it is suggested to take some time out and put all of the prices in the same format (e.g. price per vehicle per month) for easy comparison.
As you can see there are clearly many opportunities with a vehicle tracker system for large savings for you and your business, just be sure to be careful in your choice of provider, good deals might be great but would it be with while in the long run?
Contact Star Trac Africa today for a custom vehicle tracking system made to fulfil all of your needs.