Whether your company owns a single delivery truck or a fleet of service vehicles, GPS-based tracking solutions from Sound Depot and Performance in Gainesville are an easy way to manage your investments. We use the ultra-reliable Drone Fleet cellular radio tracking systems to provide near-real-time information about vehicle speed, location and much more. Keep reading to find out how a GPS fleet tracking system can save you money while improving efficiency.
How Does Vehicle Tracking Work?
The Drone Fleet system is based around the robust and compact DR-5400 communication module. This compact computer installs in your vehicle and uses a built-in GPS receiver to obtain vehicle location, speed and heading information. An LTE-enabled cellular radio relays that information back to the Drone Fleet control center as frequently as every two minutes to monitor your asset.
A web browser interface on your desktop computer or an iPhone or Android-based application on your smartphone or tablet lets you monitor where each vehicle has been and how fast it has been driven. The system even provides maintenance reminders to help extend the life of the vehicle.
How Does Asset Tracking Save Me Money?
The adage of “the mice will play when the cat’s away” holds true in many scenarios. Reports have shown that corporate drivers operate vehicles more safely when they know their actions are being monitored by their supervisors. When drivers reduce their speed and adhere to traffic laws, the chance of your vehicle being in an accident is dramatically reduced. Simultaneously, operators will know to resist the urge to use the vehicle for personal purposes and are more apt to stay on schedule with respect to lunch and coffee breaks. Sure, it’s like having Big Brother watching over them, but in this case, Big Brother owns the vehicle and pays the bills.
Real-time alerts can be configured to notify the management team when a fleet asset is operated outside of a specific curfew time or if it exceeds a predetermined speed limit. Vehicle battery voltage is also monitored, so you’ll know if there is a problem that might prevent the vehicle from starting in the morning. If the vehicle is equipped with an aftermarket security system, shock sensor or entry warnings are pushed to the manager’s smartphone.
If you choose to add a remote car starter to a vehicle equipped with Drone Fleet, you can control the door locks and engine starter directly from the smartphone application. This all but eliminates the chances of an operator locking his or her keys in the vehicle.
Hardware and Monitoring Costs
Vehicle tracking costs a lot less than many people think. A Drone Fleet DR-5400 with installation starts at $319 for a typical vehicle, and monitoring packages begin at $24.99 a month with discounts offered for one-, two- and three-year service plans. You also have options for vehicle motion update frequency. The Business Plan discussed above captures the vehicle location every five minutes; an upgrade to Business Plan Plus gives you updates every two minutes.
Save Time and Money with Vehicle Tracking
If you’re interested in adding a tracking system to your company’s cars, trucks or vans, we invite you to visit Sound Depot and Performance in Gainesville and speak to a member of our sales team. You can also reach us by e-mail using our contact page.