Moving valuable cargo from Point A to Point B in today’s modern world requires more security than simply a good trailer lock. New regulations continue to come into play depending on the size of the cargo vehicle, and the contents being hauled.
Today most competitive and profitable cargo transport fleets are deploying GPS-based asset tracking to maintain a detailed understanding of their inventory. This often includes real-time GPS tracking of high-value cargo as well as the vehicle transporting it.
Newgate Security is an industry leader in GPS tracking technology and logistics. We work with a wide range of industries and transporters to make sure they have the asset tracking tools necessary to remain on the cutting edge of 21st Century security.
The Benefits Of GPS Asset Tracking For Logistics
There are many benefits to tracking cargo assets with GPS technology that goes beyond simply knowing where inventory is at any given time.
Efficient Route Planning And Driver Monitoring
GPS tracking technology can be used to track real-time movement of vehicles and assets, while also data logging other key information. This can be filtered through state-of-the-art analytics software to help plan more efficient routes in the future.
At the same time, integrated logistics software can be used to monitor things like:
- Fuel usage
- Current road conditions
- Weather conditions along specific routes
- Locating a driver’s location
- Tracking driver activity and drive time
- Communicating changes and correction to the driver in real-time
Improvements in fuel usage alone can more than pay for the cost of investing in a GPS tracker. Not to mention the ability of real-time monitoring to plan alternative routes in the case of weather or traffic-related emergencies to meet client ETA expectations.
Asset Tracking For Customer Service Delivery Confidence
Modern-day logistics software has also increased client and customer fulfillment expectations. Newgate Security’s GPS asset tracking technology can also be geared to communicate information and delivery times to your clients. This can be an important customer service feature for high-value assets or time-sensitive cargo that require the client to have additional staff on hand at the time of delivery.
- This can include things like:
- Real-time location data
- Tracking customer load ETA
- Load monitoring
- Monitoring and reporting delays
- Alternative route planning
Monitoring Transport Usage And Maintenance Scheduling
Fleet managers are constantly being tasked with making sure that all vehicles and loading equipment are in good working order. A single breakdown due to unscheduled maintenance can severely complicate logistics and delivery times.
If there isn’t another viable transport option available, it could prevent fulfillment. This, in turn, could lead to contract loss and other penalties that go beyond the cost to repair the equipment breakdown.
When fleet managers have the ability to accurately track mileage and usage, it allows them to schedule routine maintenance and inspections to catch mechanical problems early. At the same time, it also gives personnel the ability to set up alternative transport well in advance to ensure delivery fulfillment.
Monitoring Driver Road Time And Hours
The Department of Transportation has very strict regulations on how long a driver can operate a vehicle before stopping to rest. Even a single violation can lead to serious consequences for the driver, as well as the transport company.
While many drivers maintain their logbooks in good faith and in full compliance, there are some who will push the envelope and enter false data. When a transport vehicle, cargo container, or an is equipped with real-time GPS tracking technology from New Gate Security, fleet managers can easily account for things like drive time.
Drivers who are aware of these onboard systems are statistically more likely to maintain compliant documentation and adhere to regulations. They are also less likely to misuse company assets for personal reasons.
Long-Term GPS Data For Driver Retraining
Real-time GPS tracking technology can also be used to collect data points related to things like:
- Average speed
- Run time
- Driver safety
- Driver misuse
- PTO usage
- Route planning
When tracked over the long-term of weeks and months, analytics software can reveal driver patterns that might violate regulations or the transport company’s safety rules. With this information in hand, a fleet manager can decide how to best retrain, reassign, or admonish an operator to ensure these problems do not occur again in the future.
GPS Security Features For Loss Prevention
GPS cargo and asset tracking can also become a key component in loss prevention. High-value assets being transported can be equipped with their own real-time GPS tracking devices to note when they are being moved. If the item in question is moved outside of the designated delivery time, it will send an alert to the fleet manager, who can better assess the necessary action required.
It’s also worth noting that GPS sensors can be placed on doors and container hatches. Anytime they are opened it triggers an alert which is sent to the driver as well as the transport company’s system. This could come into play in a situation where the driver may staying overnight at a truck stop or hotel, where the cargo is out of their direct line of sight.
If a high-value asset with a GPS tracker is stolen, law enforcement can then use that data to locate it in real-time. This information can then be used to apprehend the thieves as well as return the cargo with minimal delay or damage.GPS Technology And Dash Cameras For Fraud Defense
Fraud is a very real problem in the transportation industry. Many would-be fraudsters perceive commercial transporters as having deep pockets and are more willing to settle out of court with a sizeable sum of money. This leads them to attempt to fake accidents in front of a vehicle in homes of cashing in on a settlement claim.
When a transport vehicle is equipped with real-time GPS tracking paired with a dashcam or other vehicle monitoring systems it can catch potential fraudsters in the act. Not only can these visual images and data points be used as evidence for law enforcement, but they can also be used to release liability claims from insurance providers. The savings on premium payments alone will more than pay for the system installation.