For many of us, keeping tabs on our children in a public place is enough of a challenge. But what if you had to keep track of a hundred children all at once? You’d be pulling your hair out within five minutes. What if it was a thousand children? To add to the complexity, what if each child had their own vehicle and the freedom to roam about the City or state or even country wherever they please? Now there are so many people to look out for that the regular “check in” phone call sounds like an impractical nightmare. How do you fix the problem? You implement a Fleet management system, that’s how.
The modern fleet management system is a data-driven software application designed to assist in the management of fleets consisting of a large number of vehicles or equipment. Fleet management systems use data provided by their fleets to optimize the fleet’s efficiency, workflow and productivity. Almost any kind of data can be fed into a fleet management system, including the vehicle’s mileage, fuel level, or the total number of hours that it has been operating and what the repair costs are.
One of the most successful businessmen in the landscaping business I’ve ever known used to hand his card out to people. On the card were three things: his name, his phone number, and the words, “I’ll show up”. People respect punctuality and gravitate towards service providers that get work done when they say they’re going to get work done.
Onboard Global Position Systems (GPS) record and send location data back to central command, allowing fleet managers to ensure fleet reliability and minimize delays. Routing system are everywhere to be found. But what about the other side of GPS tracking – the engine. Many GPS systems will allow the engine to report problems to the shop. These fault codes can be managed by a Fleet Management system and allow the shop to know about an engine problem even before the driver. The shop can then pro-actively tell the driver to return to the shop or shut the equipment down before real damage can occur.
But tracking vehicles is just the tip of the iceberg. Using this data, the fleet’s operational habits can be optimized. The fleet management system might alert an operator to a misrouted shipment or piece of machinery in time to reroute the equipment to an appropriate location.
In the past, a crew might arrange a time to meet at a work site and arrive independently, around the same time. In theory, this seems like an efficient enough process, but it leaves downtime when machines are left idle. They wait for other machines to arrive that they’re dependent upon. It’s not that this traditional ‘let’s rendezvous’ type of gathering is altogether inefficient, but there’s no question that it’s less efficient than a fleet management system would be.
RTA Fleet’s customers should see immediate improvements in nearly every aspect of their shop workflow and fleet efficiency. Our fleet management system gives fleet managers foresight and supporting data they can use to better plan the utilization or implementation of equipment into their fleet.
Equipment Assignment Optimization
The logistics of coordinating a medium- to large-sized group of equipment and people without a fleet management system sounds, frankly, terrifying. It wouldn’t be comfortable to be the guy responsible for keeping employees busy and on schedule without fleet management software to manage everything from parts to Work Orders.
RTA’s Fleet Management System is built to fit the unique needs of specialized vehicle fleets. The software is versatile and works the way your fleet works, adapting to your modus operandi. RTA’s Fleet Management System was designed by the fleet industry, for the fleet industry.