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Is GPS all the same when it comes to tracking fleet driver speeds?

Is GPS all the same when it comes to tracking fleet driver speeds?

The accuracy of fleet data could be crucial when it comes to implementing an effective speed prevention policy.


Telematics and vehicle tracking are often used by fleet managers to monitor and assess speeding incidents in the hope of improving road safety. It is hoped that this can allow fleets to reduce incidences of unsafe driving, avoid fines and prevent poor fuel economy.

When used correctly, technology can often be the sole record of driver behaviour and can help to provide proof of driver improvement, set the objectives of future training and incentive schemes, or show clear evidence of speed prior to a road collision.

As comprehensive data is crucial to a thorough speed prevention policy - and a whole multitude of other fundamental fleet activities - it pays to get it right.

GPS boom

There has been a huge proliferation of GPS personal navigation devices in the transport industry in the past ten years or so. Most of the devices are aimed at everyday drivers and commuters who want some help finding their way around unfamiliar roads.

These should not really be confused with dedicated fleet vehicle tracking as the better the GPS system, the more effective the results will be and some dedicated fleet GPS systems can take data aberrations into account to produce more accurate results.

GPS inconsistencies can lead to a number of issues for fleets when they try to address driver speeding.

  • Confronting a suspected speeding driver over an offence that may have never occurred can be time consuming, demoralizing, awkward and embarrassing.
  • Inaccurate data can take the gloss off any individual achievements that drivers may have made as part of their ongoing development.
  • Can leave a company unsure whether or not it has made any progress with its speed prevention plan.

Dedicated fleet support

A poor GPS signal can be affected by extreme weather conditions, lots of concrete structures like those found in many urban areas of the UK, or even a malfunctioning unit.

The most effective and optimised GPS technology is supported by satellite communication, cellular coverage and cloud computing and is continually assessed and improved to ensure its data can be relied upon.

Furthermore, fleets should look upon their technology provider as a partner rather than a supplier and work alongside companies that understand the intricacies of the logistics sector. Fleets should align themselves with technology providers that have experience and knowledge of the most effective way to harness the most advanced technology available. Guidelines can be setup and parameters can be given before a speeding alert is issued, meaning that drivers are more likely to take the warning seriously.

Telematics 

Another advantage of working with a specialist fleet management technology expert is the access that a fleet manager has to telematics data. GPS readings and speeds can be corroborated by highly sensitive, but easily understandable telematics data. When it comes to speed prevention, telematics alone can be very effective at building up a database on driver behaviour. Not only can this be analysed on the level of an individual driver, but it can be assessed with a fleet wide perspective that could give crucial insights into safety aspects and speed control that may have been missed in the past.

 

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