What is Fleet Management System?
Fleet management system deals with the proper management of the entire vehicle fleet of a particular organization. Fleet management system incorporates a wide range of functions related to commercial motor vehicles including cars, vans and trucks.
It deal with various technicalities involved with the vehicles, the majority being financing, maintenance, driver management, speed management, fuel management and safety insurance of the vehicles.
The system is the brainchild of six European manufacturers namely Daimler AG, MAN AG, Scania, Volvo, DAF Trucks and IVECO. The telematics i.e. proper tracking and diagnostics of vehicles is also taken care of by this system.
Working Plan of Fleet Management System
Tracking of vehicles forms the major core of the fleet management system. This particular application takes the help of GPS tracking system, though it may also be based on “GLONASS” or a Cellular triangulation platform. After the location, direction and speed of the desired vehicle are calculated, various other trackers transmit data to pre-designed fleet management system software.
Data transmission modes are both terrestrial and satellite. Satellite based tracking provides the distinct advantage of working in remote areas without any major hindrances. The software can even be applied in monitoring the course of ships sailing in the sea.
Cargo booking, crewing, maintenance and other minor operations can be dealt effectively via this system. CARCAP modeling resources are sued to adjudge the working standards of the system and necessary replacements should be done accordingly.
Advantages of Fleet Management System
Fleet management system provides the option of gathering information about mileage and fuel consumption by connecting to the vehicle’s onboard computer. It can then be used to monitor the driver behavior with ease. Fleet management system also helps in performing various vehicle operations ranging from driver profiling, trip profiling, dispatch, vehicle efficiency measurement etc. it even allows for geo-fencing and active disabling.
A particular site can be constructed to lodge in all the detailed information about the vehicle’s current diagnostics. The recent development in the fleet management system software has made it possible to have an over-the-air security and control mechanism of the fleet vehicles. It facilitates disabling the vehicle at any desired location or time. It thus helps in quick recovery of stolen or rogue vehicles and also cuts down the chances of missing cargo.
The security application also provides trusted users the privilege of controlling the vehicles from remote locations by preventing the engine from starting, moving or slowing down.