Ten to fifteen years ago, GPS in the commercial market space displayed dots on the map and was considered state of the art. Dispatchers could, for the first time, see where their vehicles were in real time.
The plus of that technology is that it equipped the dispatcher or business owner with the ability to see the vehicle on the map, plot its location and eliminate the need to pick up the phone. One of the minuses was that, in most cases, it was delayed up to ten minutes. Also, the owner or dispatcher was not connected with mobile employee, and the system could not analyze fleet performance in terms of things such as excessive idling, fuel consumption and speeding.
Today’s GPS provides much more than just dots on the map. It gives business owners and dispatchers the ability to view a vehicle on the map in real time. The dispatchers have the ability to send out locations with detailed job information that the employee can receive on a Garmin and navigate to the location. For the owners, there are real financial rewards. They will save money through historical data reports and real-time alerts.