The influence of a simple geofence in your fleet management efforts is rather significant. A geofence is nothing more than a virtual boundary in a real-world geographic area that is GPS enabled. It upgrades both the productivity and safety of your fleet management operations by manifold. Geofencing is essential for logistical operations that require high safety and is an effective means to prevent cargo theft.
Geofencing is a location-based technique wherein an app or software program makes use of GPS, RFID, Wi-Fi. or cellular network. It initiates a pre-programmed notification while a certain cellular device or RFID tag enters or exits a digital boundary installation around a geographical location, called a geofence.
By employing geofencing, you can set up automatic notifications to notify you when a vehicle from your fleet enters or leaves a designated area. You can also get real-time notifications of activities being carried out in the area. This easily accessible information will help you better understand and respond to what is happening to your vehicle, its driver, and your deliveries.
Not using geofencing yet? Here are 6 reasons why you should:
Increased Visibility & Transparency of Fleet Operations
The operation of your vehicles in and out of your designated geographic area will help you better analyze whether your fleet is being used properly or improperly. You can also track vehicles that transport goods, and take safety measures for the vehicle and the goods in the most appropriate way. On the other hand, drivers may sometimes spend their free time outside the geofence, or take a non-personalized route, and can use your fleet resources for their gain. With the help of geofencing technology, you can identify and eliminate these expenses. Geofences can also help managers implement company policies in other ways. For example, you can set up a geofence around the gas station of a non-approved supplier to keep drivers in check.
Streamline Workflow, Increase Productivity
If you pay drivers by the hour, geofencing can help you automatically record their working hours. As a result, you can create maps and virtual timestamps built into geofences. As your employees drive past the boundaries of your digital geofence, your fleet management software will allow you to accurately record the time of your driver’s arrival at the workplace and also the duration of the work. When you need to process your payroll, your finance and management team can calculate it more accurately without tedious paperwork and manual recording.
Enhanced Fleet Security
If your vehicle or other asset leaves the warehouse or parking lot in the middle of the night, the only possible explanation is theft. The faster you get to know that an asset has been breached through the geofence, the sooner you can notify the police of possible theft, and the greater the chance of getting the asset back.
Alarms and notifications triggered by geofencing can be strategically selected and configured to reach the right people with the right equipment at the right time and as a valuable work tool rather than white noise.
Make Your Fleet Regulation-Compliant
In many cities, the authorities restrict the usage of large commercial vehicles at specific times or completely prohibit them in certain areas. Using a geofence you can get notified if your vehicle is about to enter such an area. In addition, the driver can avoid all other dangerous areas that you have identified. This can help you improve the compliance and safety of your fleet.
Smarter Reporting, Actionable Insights
Reports can be made for all geofences or specific geofences. These reports can be used as the basis for daily estimates. The company can understand how often vehicles leave a certain area and which location is most important to the company. With this data, there is no limit to the return on investment for optimized route planning, more efficient organization and workflow, more driver responsibilities, and integrated delivery management. in this aspect.
Geofencing is one of the best techniques you can employ to ensure your fleet is making the most of the available technological resources. If you’re interested in learning more, we’d love to show you how it works.
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