Fleet Management

The best tracking system for SMEs

18th January 2019

Thousands of companies are opting for some kind of vehicle or worker tracking in the 21st century but how do you know if it’s right for your employees, and if it is which type?

Let’s set out some straightforward questions to help identify which service would benefit you best.

First of all, it’s essential to which type will suit best, let’s dig deeper into the features and benefits of each to further confirm how they can augment your day-to-day experience.

Lone Worker Protection

What size is your workforce? How many of them are based off-site, and do they travel? If you have individuals working alone at different locations, such as security guards, then lone worker protection will assist you in not only locating them at any time, but can also activate routine checks for them to respond to give you peace of mind. Solutions like this can also help your company meet health and safety standards.

If you think lone worker protection suits your company best, consider the following. How helpful would it be to have a periodic automatic welfare check on your workers? How much time and how many resources would be saved by a lack of response to said check automatically triggering a panic alarm? Other benefits include being able to check at a glance where all of your off-site employees are. BT use this type of service for their engineers – they can see who is closest to an urgent job. This ability to locate workers can benefit many types of businesses – emergency plumbers for example can send the closest plumber to a burst pipe situation and improve customer satisfaction while at the same time saving fuel.

Vehicle tracking system

Do you have a fleet of vehicles, or expensive plant machinery that operates across large sites or a number of sites? Knowing where your vehicles and assets are at all times can save time, reduce communication costs and minimise stress for the people in charge of them.

Delivery, logistics and transportation companies will identify most with the vehicle tracking solution option. Both money and time can be saved by the ability to track and locate all of your vehicles at any time. You can give highly accurate estimates to your customers – much like when DPD are delivering a parcel and are able to give the recipient a time slot and current location of the driver. You can compare journey lengths against fuel consumption, and generate reports directly from the data. Geofence alerts can let you know when a vehicle enters its destination area without you having to spend time checking on its whereabouts.

Mobile tracking system

Do you have workers who travel by foot regularly but don’t necessarily need a protection solution? Leaflet distributors or charity canvassers for example can be tracked and their routes traced to ensure they are adhering to set locations, and to help you calculate start and stop times which can act as a clocking in system. This can be set up as part of mobile tracking and monitoring so no need for extra hardware, nothing extra for your staff to carry.

Mobile tracking might sound more suitable to you – if you wish to track employees who use their own vehicles you can track their mobiles instead.

You will still get live location access, and journey reports to help with information transmission. You can set up geofences – manually ascribed areas which trigger an alert when employees pass in and out of them. If your office doesn’t have a clocking in system this can work as a guide to who is on site, and who’s out in the field.

If any of this sounds like it would benefit your company, or if you’d simply like some more information on tracking and its many uses, contact Challenger today on 0330 002 2111 and speak to one of our experts. We can not only set up the service for you but also provide support and troubleshooting should you ever need it in the future.