Built on Microsoft .Net, the software enables users to monitor, manage, and communicate with vehicles in real time. Moreover, it offers a full reporting suite, with which you can schedule reports to be automatically generated -- such as the daily activity of a given vehicle or driver or fuel consumption over time. In addition, the system can be integrated with existing systems to generate reports such as overall fuel efficiency or carbon emissions. On top of that, the software can be used to track vehicle's maintenance schedule, which helps reduce wear and tear and ensure cars, trucks, and the like are performing as well as possible.
Other equipment includes the optional MDT 860 Two Way Messaging Terminal, as well as the M-Nav 750, which doubles as a job-dispatch messaging system and navigation unit. With the M-Nav, a dispatcher can send job details and customer information directly from a PC to a driver with the job location as GPS coordinates. The M-Nav can then guide the driver to the desired destination with turn-by-turn instructions. It's like the GPS navigation system in your car -- on steroids.
With all of this in place, an organization has some nifty tricks up its sleeve to keep gas prices in check while getting the most out of their drivers and fleets. The obvious benefit, of course, is equipping drivers and dispatchers with a navigation system to help them get from Point A to Point B without unplanned stops to Points C, D, and E.
Depending on your industry, you might have drivers who need respond to on-the-fly service calls. With the software, a dispatcher could see which driver is closest to the customer's location and assign tasks accordingly, thus ensuring that the driver down the block gets the job instead of the driver caught in traffic across town. In addition to saving gas, it ensures better customer service.
Additionally, you can use the system to track daily trips on a granular level, determining how long it takes to get to each stop and how much time elapses at each stop . Drawing from that information, an organization could adjust schedules to make them more efficient -- or they could pinpoint places where drivers are performing exceptionally well or not so well (such as spending 30 minutes on a delivery where most drivers spend 20).
Another example: Some drivers are notorious for leaving the engine running for minutes on end. The system can be configured to alert a dispatcher if a vehicle has been idling for a predetermined amount of time -- say, five or ten minutes. The dispatcher can then check in with the driver to see what's going on. The idea is to change the driver's behavior over time.
Speaking of unsavory behavior, some drivers keep company vehicles on their own property, but aren't authorized to use said vehicles outside of business hours. These types of real-time tracking systems can ensure that doesn't happen.