PowerFleet use and consequently the overall management of the vehicle fleet can be done by any member of the company’s personnel: vehicle, supply, transport and distribution supervisors, as well as by the vendors / drivers themselves, who can be aided by navigation, distribution list display and the management of their points of interest.
How does a Vehicle Fleet Management work?
Usually, a telematics device is installed on each vehicle so that we know via satellite (GPS and GLONASS) the exact location of the vehicle, which can be tracked immediately. The satellite, apart from the coordinates, provides also data such as speed and distances travelled by the vehicle. If additional information is required, such as data regarding cabin temperature, motor speed, fuel consumption, etc. we should connect the telematics device with the relevant sensors or the vehicle’s CAN BUS (brain). The telematics device can send us movement and sensors data using a mobile network provider (it has a SIM card). PowerFleet receives this data and displays on maps the vehicles’ movements, exports advanced reports, creates alerts and facilitates monitoring, tracking and the overall management of the vehicles, drivers, routes and points of interest.
Each PowerFleet user, depending on the assigned user rights, monitors and manages the vehicles s/he is responsible of, using any device with Internet access (desktop, laptop, smartphone, tablet) with a perfectly ergonomic and user-friendly interface.
What are the applications of a Vehicle Fleet Management System?
The effective fleet management achieved with PowerFleet allows the combination of data received by the tracking system and the brain of each vehicle, so that we can get information about the driving behaviour (speed, abrupt braking, prolonged stop with the engine running, etc.). Moreover, each vehicle, or a group of vehicles, can be treated as cost centres, so that to draw conclusions for their requirements in terms of financial resources (fuel, service, insurances, etc). PowerFleet can inform us of events, such as travelling within and outside of the specified area, high cabin temperature, tyre replacement, and many more. In particular, PowerFleet vehicle fleet management system can also be used as an anti-theft vehicle tracking tool, informing us immediately if the vehicle’s battery is removed, it moves without permission, out of hours, outside assigned the geographical limits, etc. Furthermore, it can be used as a tool for ERP management of the vehicles, in which invoices and contracts are recorded, as well as all other information for each vehicle. It is also possible to activate the corresponding alerts for the next service, tyre replacement, etc.
A reliable vehicle fleet management system, like PowerFleet, allows us to have advanced reports and Proof of Delivery for visits to clients or other points of interest. In addition, we have available route history reports with geographical display, fuel consumptions, kilometres travel, and many more. PowerFleet allows us to manage the routes, assign routes to drivers and get smart reports informing us of their progress and completion. At the same time, drivers can use the specialised Android application to interact with the transportation management office, providing feedback for their stops, navigating to the next points and seeing the route assigned to them.
Vehicle Fleet Management with Multiple Routing – Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP)
Apart from just vehicle tracking and tracing, PowerFleet offers the most integrated service for route optimisation. PowerFleet OPTIMO allows automatic generation and optimisation of multiple routes of each vehicle, while taking into account several parameters, among which the following are included: client visit time windows, client demand, vehicle capacity, the possibility of avoiding tolls, ensuring EU drivers' hours standard, etc. PowerFleet’s user states the points of visits, as well as the available vehicles. PowerFleet OPTIMO generates automatically for each vehicle the route to be completed, providing the ability to monitor the completion of scheduled routes and allowing direct interaction between the transportation manager and the drivers.