Rising Gas Costs Fuel Interest in GPS Systems

With rising costs of fuel, many companies are looking to optimize their workforce through the use of GPS (Global Positioning System) technology.  Like me, you’re probably most familiar with GPS technology providing turn-by-turn directions.  In fact, I borrowed my parents GPS for a vacation in California and now I never want to go out of town without one.  But there is more to GPS technology than just navigation.  GPS can enhance a variety of mobile enterprise applications, including:

  • Route delivery
  • Field service
  • Dispatch
  • Logistics
  • Fleet and asset management

Today we’re going to look at two of the ways businesses are utilizing GPS technology to support their mobile operations- Navigation and Route Optimization.

GPS Navigation– of course businesses can benefit from turn-by-turn directions as well.  GPS can provide your workers with accurate directions via the most efficient route.  This will reduce non-productive time because employees will know the exact location of their service or delivery sites and they won’t get lost.  In addition to saving time, GPS navigation can save you money by reducing fuel costs.  Employees will no longer take indirect routes or add mileage due to getting lost.  This will also benefit your customers as well, increasing on-time delivery performance.

GPS Route Optimization– route optimization uses GPS data to analyze activity and to determine the most efficient routes and assignments.  Companies can base their routes on proven calculations to reduce miles driven and improve fleet utilization.  Route optimization can help lower fuel costs and increase worker productivity by providing data such as travel time, slowdown areas and wait times.

Tomorrow we’ll finish up with two more ways your business can benefit from GPS- Route Auditing and Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL).