GPS tracking helps you control excess mileage and reduce speed to save fuel costs
Last time we looked at how GPS tracking can improve field productivity. Now we’ll review the impact that GPS tracking of mobile computers can have on fuel savings.
When you track vehicles using installed GPS tracking devices, fuel savings are easy. You can immediately make a difference by monitoring engine idling and eliminating the excess.
With mobile computer tracking, the fuel savings are still substantial, but you have to go about achieving them in different ways.
Excess Mileage – The main way that GPS tracking of mobile computers can help cut fuel costs is by identifying and eliminating extra mileage in the field. By accurately tracking mobile worker location you can do this in a number of ways:
- Improved dispatch – In a dispatch situation, where service calls or other tasks are assigned to workers as they occur, having accurate worker locations can result in serious savings. Being able to see the location of all workers in relation to the service location allows dispatchers to assign the closest worker to a call. This is a proactive way to save excess mileage and fuel and can result in significant savings.
- Geofences to monitor and generate alerts on user travel behavior – Geofences allow virtual areas to be indicated on the map which can be used to monitor user behavior. One way geofences can be used to reduce excess mileage is to create a geofence around a worker’s assigned service area and alerting supervisors when the worker leaves that area. In some cases geofences can be created to encompass a route and then provide an alert when the worker goes off-route. The benefit here is keeping workers within their assigned areas and eliminating excess travel.
- Looking at the data – GPS systems can provide reports of miles traveled by workers. Reviewing these reports can help identify workers who are traveling more than others. Supervisors can then review travel history “breadcrumb trails” to identify inefficient travel. For example, one fleet manager was surprised to find that his workers typically took the “scenic route” of backroads rather than the highway to customer locations, using more fuel and time. Eliminating this behavior picked up 20 minutes and several miles of excess mileage every day.
Excess Speed – Mobile computers and smartphones with GPS tracking apps can effectively monitor the speed of the vehicle in which the worker is traveling. Controlling speed not only increases safety, but also results in fuel savings.
According to www.fueleconomy.gov, in highway travel, every 5mph (8kph) over 50mph (80kph) reduces fuel economy by 7-17%.
GPS systems can be used to identify and report on excess speed, giving supervisors the information they need to effectively coach workers to eliminate excess speed.
The Green Factor
Carbon taxes require businesses to pay a fee for the amount of carbon dioxide they release into the environment. Where carbon taxes have already been enacted they increase the cost of fuel for companies with field workforces. From British Columbia, Canada, to Chile to Ireland carbon is already being taxed and numerous jurisdictions are considering carbon taxes. By reducing excess mileage and fuel, carbon emissions are also reduced. Think of it this way, where a carbon tax is in place, you can save costs while also helping save the environment.
If you’d like to learn more about GPS tracking for mobile computers and smartphones, contact us. In addition to the benefits to end–users, GPS tracking also offers VARs, ISVs and MSPs an attractive way to add value to their mobile solutions and increase SaaS revenue. We are happy to answer any questions, provide online demos and even support customer pilots. Don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re here to help.
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