You want to invest in a new asset tracking system, but are not sure what you need or how much you should spend to get the best bang for your buck. Or, perhaps, you already have one that has a lot of great features and attributes — but are you are ready and knowledgeable about how you can take full advantage of the suite of tools that are available?
Using an asset tracking system to its full potential is not something that you can just start doing without any effort or a learning curve. We have put together a few recommendations for how you can begin using your system’s full capabilities.
Consolidate Your Systems
A common mistake that many asset managers commit is making things more complicated than they need to be by operating multiple systems. It’s understandable — after all, you’ve invested a lot of money into your old trackers and have found a new supplier with a better price. But at what cost are you willing to continue to operate with less efficiency?
Using two (or more) tracking systems unnecessarily doubles, triples, or quadruples your workload and potentially increases your risk of error or of making a mistake. So ask yourself: How much is your time worth on a daily, monthly, or yearly basis? Also, is enhanced accuracy worth more than the cost of investing in one comprehensive system?
Consider Updating Outdated Tracking Devices
GPS tracking has become synonymous with fleet management. Like most technologies, GPS tracking technology is continuously improving and becoming more accurate and robust. Upgrading your devices to newer models may help to incorporate useful new features.
However, it’s important to have balance and to make sure that any newer models that you choose to invest in are compatible with the fleet management software system that you use or are looking to purchase.
Take the Time to Learn Your System
Asset tracking and management software often are equipped with a number of attributes and options for creating personalized settings that can be tailored to your needs. However, in order to use these features to their full potential, you need to familiarize yourself with your software to know what it is capable of doing. This is where having an easy-to-use fleet management software and a reliable service provider can come in handy.
Rastrac has a team of live experts who are available to answer your questions via telephone, email, or an online technical support system. Additionally, there are a number of online resources available through our Online Knowledge Base
Improve Equipment Usage and Monitoring
Fleet management operators can use GPS tracking devices to optimize routes for drivers to save on fuel costs and idle time, monitor drivers’ habits so you know whether they are using safe driving practices, as well as to help them to remain on task. Through Rastrac’s fleet management software, you can increase your control and enhance your useful data collection and monitoring capabilities.
Enhance Your Contract Enforcement
If your company rents out major assets to third parties, using GPS asset tracking software can help you to relieve some of the stress that results from the unsavory task of contract enforcement. When a client or customer tries to move equipment outside the service area agreed upon in your rental contract, you will know it and will be better equipped to enforce your contract agreements with supporting documentation.
Employ Automation for Your GPS Tracking Software
If your GPS asset management software comes equipped with options to set automated event alerts, generate reports, and provide maintenance reminders, these features will help to make your day-to-day job a lot easier. For example, custom alerts that will notify you when your battery-powered units needs to charge will help save you the frustration of them dying on you mid-use.
Whether you are looking to purchase a new Rastrac GPS asset tracking system, or want to learn more about how to get optimal use out of your existing system, we are here to help you with creating individualized asset tracking solutions. Click on the banner below to download our free guide, “8 Ways to Improve Your Asset Tracking System.”