R.I.P. Two-Way Radio
Although the radio has been around for a hundred years many have or are starting to consider it an obsolete technology. Much like the VHS, floppy disk and the Walkman, the two-way radio hit the market as the latest and greatest must-have technology. It made communication possible between drivers and dispatchers, but that’s about it. As we all know, a one-trick pony can only stay as the main act for so long. As time went on, companies that started looking for a way to better manage their fleets and to dispatch more easily soon realized that there had to be something better out there— insert GPS fleet tracking and management. Whether you have one truck or hundreds, I'm going to share five reasons to unplug the two-way radio and jump on the GPS tracking bandwagon.
1. Keep Your Drivers’ Attention on the Road
With GPS tracking you’ll be able to see in real-time the location, speed, movement and distance away your employees are at all times. This leaves no reason for your driver or yourself to be a distraction on the radio to see where he is, when he’s getting back or if he’s made it to his destination. GPS tracking allows drivers to keep their attention on the road, keeping other drivers around him safe.
2. Radios Offer No Proof
You’ve arrived at your delivery spot and for whatever reason no one is there. After a long wait someone finally shows up, but they’re only going to give you credit for being there from the time they arrived. You have no proof that you were there for five hours waiting. With GPS tracking you now have proof with route history and stop history. You can pull this up right on your tablet or smart phone and prove it on the spot. Being able to prove yourself could save you thousands of dollars in lost time.
3. Immediate Knowledge with Alerts
Have you ever tried to reach someone but get no answer? Now you’re wondering where they are and what they’re doing. Meanwhile, they’ve pulled off to get a bite to eat or made a pit-stop for some R&R. With GPS tracking you don't have to wonder or wait for them to get back. Not only can you look at your screen to see where they are and what’s going on, but with available alerts you will know if they are stopped and for how long.
4. Reduce Human Error
As humans we make mistakes. We overlook details and we forget things. Whether it’s forgetting to clock-in on the job or forgetting to put the roast in the crock-pot before we leave in the morning, we all do it. For just a second consider how much "my bad, I forgot" costs your business. With radios can you: double check delivery times, start time or end time? How about forgetting to tell you they’re on the way back? Now it’s a scramble to get them in and out before you cause a delay that backs up the entire line, much like the picture I have above. Human error costs companies tens of thousands of dollars every year. GPS tracking reduces that by taking the common denominator out: the human error. Real-time tracking, position and history will save you thousands on your bottom line.
5. Emergency Response
I am going to piggyback a little bit off of #3 with immediate knowledge. What happens if your driver is in an accident and all you have is a radio? The call goes out, and you have no idea where they are or what happened. All you can do is jump on the phone, call a thousand people and hope they figure out where your driver is just to make sure they aren't rolled over in a ditch. With the available alerts in most systems you can know the second something bad happens, but with a live view you know exactly where to send someone in case of an emergency. This may save the life of your employee—something your radio can’t do if it’s turned off or broken.
Well there you have it: five reasons to toss out the radio and get something more reliable to make you safer, more efficient and more profitable. If those five weren't enough to convince you, get ahold of our experts. A quick meeting with them will show you exactly how to use a tracking system as more than just an "employee big brother" and more as a business tool.
Ian Beaton- 701-945-1400 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Erlandson-701-356-6651- email@example.com