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Best 2016 GPS Systems and Software for Fleet Vehicle Management

Is delivering goods or services an essential part of your small business? Whether you’re in the construction, HVAC, plumbing or solar energy system installation business, making sure your vehicles and employees get from point A to point B without any hiccups is important. That’s where a GPS tracking service comes into play.

These types of services provide a variety of information geared toward helping you understand where your vehicles are, what routes are being followed and what stops are being made. Many also provide additional data on driver safety, like whether or not they are wearing their seatbelts, if they are braking hard or accelerating harshly. The systems help give you information necessary for:

• Driver safety
• Customer communication
• Maintenance and fuel savings

How it Works

GPS tracking software uses a GPS hardware device that’s installed in your vehicles; this installation often requires a professional. The hardware analyzed information and reports it directly back to you through a cloud-based software. In many cases, you’ll be required to pay a monthly fee in order to use this software and get help from the service’s customer support. The software often offers exciting features like:

• Geofencing- This feature lets you draw a fence around particular areas where the delivery of goods and services are being made. You’ll receive a notification as soon as the vehicle enters this area.
• Interactive Maps- Want to see where your fleet is in real time? Many GPS tracking services for small businesses have interactive maps that let you see the locations of each vehicle.
• Breadcrumb Trails- This feature lets you see where your vehicles have been, where they stopped and how long it took them to get there. Safety information, such as when a vehicle exceeded certain speeds, can be viewed with this feature as well.

There are many different GPS tracking services available. Here are some of the best options for 2016.

Best GPS Tracking Services for Small Businesses

Verizon Networkfleet

Pricing:

This GPS system boasts no startup fee, but the cost for hardware in each vehicle in your fleet is $295. Installation costs are $65. A monthly fee is required, with a cost of $34.95 a month for each vehicle.

Tracking Services:

Verizon Networkfleet is all-inclusive, offering almost any feature you might want when tracking your fleet. This includes:

• Tracking routes and stops in real time
• Checking idling and speed statuses
• Maintenance and fuel information
• Harsh braking incidents
• Whether drivers are wearing their seatbelts
• Engine fault codes

The system lets your drivers log into the system using a mobile app or key fob as well, which makes it possible to track each driver, even if they don’t use the same vehicle every time they’re out and about.

Hidden Installation:

This GPS tracking system is accessible to your drivers so they can log into it and use different vehicles.

Contract Required:

A minimum 36-month contract is required with at least one vehicle.

Fleetistics

Pricing:

Using this system requires an upfront startup fee of $25, but the cost for hardware per vehicle is only $99.50 with no installation fee. You’ll pay $25 a month per vehicle to use this software.

Tracking Services:

Like Verizon Networkfleet, Fleetistics offers all the tracking features needed to keep an eye on your drivers and your vehicles while they are on the road. Features like harsh braking alerts, seatbelt tracking and speed status help you ensure your drivers are being safe, while options like maintenance tracking and engine fault codes let you see in real time how your vehicles are operating and whether any problems are occurring.

Hidden Installation:

Like Verizon Networkfleet, this GPS fleet tracking system is available for driver interaction.

Contract Required:

A minimum 36-month contract is required with at least one vehicle.

NexTraq

Pricing:

Getting started with this system is a little more expensive; it costs $99 a unit to start and the hardware is $179 per vehicle. There are no installation costs for the hardware, but you’ll need to pay $34.95 per vehicle each month for the software.

Tracking Services:

NexTraq offers many of the same features as other GPS systems, with the exception of reporting engine fault codes and seatbelt tracking. These two maintenance and safety elements may be important to your business.

Hidden Installation:

This GPS system is hidden from driver view, typically under the dashboard, making it almost impossible for drivers to tamper with. This helps provide you with accurate information every time. Because the service offers a driver ID feature, different drivers can log in for each vehicle, even if they cannot access the hardware.

Contract Required:

A minimum 36-month contract is required with at least one vehicle.

Rhino Fleet Tracking

Pricing:

This is one of the least expensive options for small businesses. There’s no startup fee and the hardware price per vehicle is only $39.95 with no installation costs. A monthly fee of $16.95 is required to use the hardware and software.

Tracking Services:

Rhino offers:

• Routes and stops
• Speed and Idling status
• Maintenance and fuel status
• Harsh braking reports
• Engine fault code reports

This service does not let you see if your drivers are wearing their seatbelts. This can be disadvantageous, especially if your drivers are typically driving in states where wearing a seatbelt is required by law. It also doesn’t have a driver ID feature, so each driver must be assigned to a single vehicle for consistent readings.

Hidden Installation:

The GPS hardware is installed in a hidden location to prevent tampering.

Contract Required:

Unlike other services that require a long-term contract, this GPS system lets you use their hardware and software for at least one vehicle at a time on a month-to-month basis. While continual renewals may be needed, this lets you test the service out and see if it’s the right one for you.

Each of these GPS services offers mobile reporting options that let you access the service quickly and easily from your smartphone or tablet. Whether through the system’s website or with an app, this option lets you keep track of your fleet even when you’re away from the office.

Looking to reduce wasted time, keep your drivers safe and improve communication with your customers? Consider using a GPS tracking system for your small business.

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