There is already a wide array of telematics tools and solutions available, there remains ample opportunity for innovation, particularly through the implementation of geofencing.
Geofencing leverages GPS or RFID technology to establish virtual perimeters around physical locations, granting fleet managers meticulous control and invaluable insights. It addresses concerns such as driver behavior monitoring, unauthorized asset use prevention, streamlined administrative tasks, load counting, and improved safety compliance. To gain a comprehensive understanding of the tangible benefits geofencing offers, let's delve deeper into its functionality.
As a feature, geofencing relies on a simple premise: the creation of virtual boundaries, known as "geofences," around specific real-world locations. These digitally defined areas serve as a virtual “net” that can automatically trigger predefined actions when a vehicle, enters or exits said area.
For example, you can define a commonly-visited warehouse, company grounds, etc.
Functionality and Benefits of Geofencing
Geofencing provides real-time location updates for vehicles entering or leaving certain zones, allowing you to easily follow the movements of your fleet without the need to manually check them.
No need to make non-stop calls and manually track vehicles. Geofencing offers automated reporting, which saves time and effort while keeping an eye on the performance of your fleet.
Which alerts you to unauthorized use or irregular activity, reduces the risk of asset abuse, damage, and unnecessary wear and tear.
The exact timestamps provided by geofencing logs for driver entry and exit from workplaces speed up payroll processing and minimize paperwork.
Telematics systems offer fleets valuable insights into driver behavior. However, standard telematics reports often miss crucial details about vehicles passing through specific areas. Some nuances of the driving process are overlooked when only considering the bigger picture. Geofencing addresses this gap.
Tracking vehicle usage and driver behavior in designated spaces provides a significant advantage to fleets. With improved safety, streamlined operations management, and thorough vehicle use monitoring, fleet companies can rely on geofencing as a potent tool for business success. While setting up geofencing with custom alerts and familiarizing oneself with the system may require an initial time investment, the decision yields high returns and enables your fleet and driver team to perform at their peak potential.