Municipal operations such as waste management and road maintenance typically rely on the deployment of specialized fleet vehicles. Here, the use of GPS tracking systems can be highly beneficial to municipal agencies.
What are the benefits of using GPS municipal fleet tracking?
Here are a few examples:
1: Verification of Service Coverage
Many municipal operations have to repeatedly provide service to a given coverage area. For example, trash collection might have to be done every few days, and roads might need to be cleaned of debris on a daily or weekly basis.
Failure to complete these kinds of repetitious tasks can easily lead to disgruntled taxpayers, and even be a public health and safety issue if left undone for too long.
With GPS tracking systems, fleet managers for municipal agencies can check GPS log data to see where their fleet vehicles have been, and when. With this information, fleet managers can make sure that their fleet vehicles were in place to complete their day-to-day tasks when they were supposed to.
2: Improved Efficiency for Fleet Vehicles
Sitting in traffic waiting for it to clear is an enormous time and productivity sink for municipal fleet vehicles. Not only are municipal workers losing productive time, fuel is being consumed and extra wear and tear is being placed on vehicle engines.
GPS tracking systems for municipalities help by allowing dispatch to reroute vehicles around major traffic jams, helping keep vehicles on task.
Additionally, when an emergency comes up, fleet managers can use their tracking solution to find the vehicle that’s closest to the emergency site to minimize delays. One emergency for road maintenance crews could be responding to a vehicular wreck where debris needs to be cleared from the road for the safety of other drivers.
By quickly identifying the closest available vehicle, fleet managers can minimize the delay between an emergency being called in and the problem being resolved.
Finally, GPS can help improve efficiency by keeping municipal workers from using fleet vehicles for non-work tasks on the job. For example, if you use geofencing, you can define a service area for fleet vehicles, and get an alert if the vehicle leaves its route. This allows you to quickly reach out and verify why the driver has left the municipal service area, and put them back on track.
3: Fast Recovery of Lost/Stolen Vehicles
A lost or stolen vehicle can bite deeply into a municipal agency’s budget. Unfortunately, it’s all too common for municipal vehicles to get lost or stolen. Without GPS, recovery of a stolen vehicle is a matter of luck.
With GPS, you can forward the last known GPS coordinates of a lost or stolen vehicle to police agencies, greatly increasing the odds of finding the asset and recovering it intact. This can save a lot of money on the cost of acquiring a new vehicle.
4: Improved Maintenance Scheduling
Every vehicle, from the biggest garbage truck to the smallest street sweeper, needs frequent maintenance to stay in top operating condition. Spotting potential issues early and getting them fixed with smaller, preventative repairs is a great way to reduce overall maintenance costs.
Some GPS devices have the ability to interface with a vehicle’s onboard diagnostics system to provide remote diagnostics. With this information, it’s much easier to identify which vehicles are most in need of preventative maintenance.
This not only helps reduce costs by enabling smaller, less expensive repairs, it helps avoid on-the-road breakdowns that disrupt operations (and traffic).
These are just a few of the ways that a municipal agency can benefit from using GPS tracking devices in their fleet vehicles. For more information about GPS for municipalities, check out some of our other resources.