When someone else says “GPS tracking devices,” what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Maybe a picture of a small tracking device from some TV show or movie? What most people don’t think of is temperature measurement.
Modern GPS units can do so much more than just provide a set of coordinates on a map. Newer units often have extra inputs that allow them to be hooked up to other systems, such as temperature monitoring equipment—a must-have for carriers handling perishable products.
Why Monitor Temperature Levels with a GPS Tracking Device?
One of the biggest challenges in any quality assurance system for moving cold or perishable goods is proving that the appropriate temperature conditions were maintained for the entire trip.
It used to be that if you wanted to log the temperature in a refrigerated (aka reefer) truck, the driver would have to stop the vehicle, enter the cargo compartment, read a thermometer, and manually log that temperature. Paper log tracking, however, left room for fudging numbers, and if the temperature rose too high mid-shipment, it would go unnoticed until the next stop for a check.
Real-Time Remote Temperature Tracking
Integrating a GPS tracking device into your cold storage system’s temperature monitoring equipment allows fleet managers to track the temperature of a reefer truck’s trailer in real time. You could even set an alert for if the temperature in the cold storage started to exceed a certain level so you’d know right away.
This real-time temperature tracking allows fleet managers to quickly alert drivers to an irregularity, increasing the chances of being able to fix the problem before it compromises the shipment.
Increased Reliability of Temperature Tracking Reports
Manually recorded logs of shipment temperatures create opportunities for human error—whether it’s an honest mistake or someone fudging the numbers to avoid blame for an issue.
Using automatically-generated temperature logs removes the risk of erroneous temperature recordings being made by a driver. Instead, you have an impartial and accurate record to show that your shipment stayed within the appropriate temperature range the whole trip.
Saved Driver Time and Labor
A side benefit of using a GPS device to automatically record and report cold storage trailer temperatures is that it saves your drivers time and effort on making repeated stops to jump out of the cab and record temperatures.
This means fewer unnecessary stops, less Hours of Service time lost to these checks, and more miles covered each day. This helps make for happier, more productive drivers.
Of course, having a GPS tracking device on your refrigerated transports provides numerous other benefits beyond helping you track temperatures for your reefer trucks.
With GPS tracking devices, you can:
- Improve Antitheft Protection for Fleet Vehicles. Knowing exactly where your trucks are at all times is massively useful for preventing truck thefts, or ensuring fast recovery of a stolen truck.
- Reroute Trucks Around Traffic. Save time and fuel by giving drivers an alternate route to follow when traffic on the road gets too cramped because of accidents, construction, and other random events.
- Increase Fuel Efficiency. By avoiding excessive idling in traffic and keeping drivers on task, you can reduce fuel costs for your fleet as a whole.
- Get Remote Vehicle Diagnostics. Some GPS devices can integrate with a vehicle’s onboard diagnostics system to track vital vehicle health statistics—alerting you to key preventative maintenance issues.
GPS tracking devices are enormously useful for chilled goods carriers—learn more about how you can benefit from them today!