Using Mobile DVRs For Fleet Tracking

This’ll give you insomnia . Just imagine. Your drivers are following their usual delivery routes and your trucks are all out. As usual, everything’s going smoothly. You’re in your office rocking gently in your chair and you start the after-I-retire daydream when you get the call. Joe, one of your drivers calls you to say he’s had an accident. Thankfully everyone’s okay, but the truck is out of commission. A disabled vehicle means undelivered cargo. Another truck will take hours. What a nightmare.

This’ll give you insomnia . Just imagine. Your drivers are following their usual delivery routes and your trucks are all out. As usual, everything’s going smoothly. You’re in your office rocking gently in your chair and you start the after-I-retire daydream when you get the call. Joe, one of your drivers calls you to say he’s had an accident. Thankfully everyone’s okay, but the truck is out of commission. A disabled vehicle means undelivered cargo. Another truck will take hours. What a nightmare.

In fact, almost as soon as the call came in you were watching the video on your desktop. The 3-axis inertia module in the mobile DVR had initiated a hard braking event which popped up the alarm on your computer. You just click it and watch the whole thing, complete with 60 seconds of pre-event video recording. You see it all just as if you’d been right there, riding shotgun in the truck.

Sure, you may not be the unlucky manager from the fabricated story above but, in the real world you know that “sh*t happens” and when it does, it usually splatters all over you. You’re probably going to end up losing money; something you hate to accept, especially with the economy the way it’s been. Having a video record like that could make a real difference in the final outcome. You could see for yourself just who had right of way, who cut off whom and most importantly, you could even email that unimpeachable video evidence file to your insurance guy and your legal counsel.

Nearly everybody’s heard of fleet tracking, but this adds a whole new dimension. Simply put, you install an advanced GPS tracking mobile DVR with cameras into your vehicles and monitor everything they do remotely right from your desktop or laptop PC. Sure, that’s a lot of equipment to install but think of the control you’ll have over your fleet! The returns are pretty amazing.

Here are a few benefits of GPS fleet tracking using mobile DVRs.

#1 – Fuel Expenses – Obviously, fuel prices will remain high for the foreseeable future. With a GPS fleet video tracker, you can pretty much stay on top of this profit killer and supervise each trip your vehicles take. You can keep your drivers on the shortest possible routes. Closely monitor video streams from suspect drivers. You can keep tabs on any delays at particular junctures in the route, and advise your drivers to avoid them as well.

The biggest fuel waster is probably speeding. They’re not paying for it, so your drivers probably don’t really care. Watching from your computer, you could really get on those guys about their fuel wastage.

#2 – Idle employees and idling vehicles erode your bottom line – You must control waste. of course you don’t know when your drivers are screwing off. How can you tell how many extra breaks he stops for or personal errands he takes? So when your scheduled stop ends up hours after it should have been, you can’t say much. After all, your trucker’ll just say is that there was a slow down on Industrial parkway. You weren’t there so how can you dispute that?

There are lots of good GPS fleet tracking devices which will reveal part of the story. Now, just think how much that extra video information could be worth to you. Video never rests and never misrepresents the facts.

#3 – Legal Liabilities – Traffic accidents are more far reaching than angry clients or undelivered cargo. You must be concerned with your liability risk. You can view playback of the events that actually occurred while your truck was rolling or even live, while it IS rolling with fleet tracking mobile DVRs. You’ll be made aware of everything if an accident happens. That gives you unimpeachable video evidence for your insurance claims, lawyers or, if things get ugly, for court.

Out front costs of a GPS fleet tracking system using mobile DVRs might seem high unless you consider the potential return on investment. What really counts is the likely increase in efficiency of your operation. In these hard times, can you really afford to do business as usual?

Arnold Bosch has many years experience in high technology fields. Since 2006 he’s marketed fleet tracking with remote track & view mobile DVR Systems to the commercial trucking industry. Visit hisblog to read other interesting application stories.