Global Positioning Satellites network is known to have offered users with many applications especially in the area of tracking. Currently, fisherman who lost their way in the sea could locate their position by using GPS receiver installed on their boat. They could acquire a coordinate and call for a rescue crew to save them with reference to the GPS coordinate. GPS is used for navigation and provides continuous and timing information position of things anywhere in the world under any weather condition. GPS consist nominally of 24 operational satellites orbiting the earth at very high altitude.

5 Steps for Successful Implementation of a GPS Tracking System

What do you hope to achieve by implementing a GPS system?

Before taking any action whatsoever, answer the question above.  To paraphrase, what problem/problems are            you trying to solve by implementing a GPS tracking system? The answers will give you the criteria you need in          order to select the right GPS system and vendor for you.

Choice of a Corporate telematics/ GPS tracking and control system.

After defining what you want to achieve by using a GPS tracking system and what problems need to be adressed, you now face the heavy task of selecting both a GPS system which meets your criteria and a reliable vendor, who will help you achieve your goals.

On the Bulgarian market, there are tens of firms which offer GPS tracking systems. From parking firms to telecommunication giants, everyone has their own solution, which all sound very similar on paper with small price variations. Here we’ve focused on the quality of service and return on investment instead of price, because judging solely by price is a mistake in this market segment.

The direct comparison of prices for such services is only advisable in cases where an equal quality of service is provided. It’s important to know hat you’re getting for every cent invested.

Because in their essence GPS tracking systems are a service, it is important that you have access to a quality service, i.e. working and dependable GPS devices, fast and adequate support, a good vendor team which will cooperate with you in both implementation and achievement of your goals.

An operator or employee responsible for working with the GPS system.

A GPS system is a technical solution which can’t function on its own. You need to have an employee of your company who attends to the GPS system. Without such a person, it’s like you bought a car and don’t have a drivers license or personal driver. Depending on the size of your fleet and the activity, there can be several people who work with the GPS system. These are people who need to have competence when it comes to cars as well as computers. The training for correct use of the system provided to them by the GPS vendor is essential.

Analysis of fleet costs before implementation.

Perform assessments of the corporate fleet costs on a regular basis before implementing your GPS system. This will allow you to have an accurate representation to which you can compare later. You can include criteria such as: mileage per vehicle, used fuel per vehicle, number of sites visited by vehicle, speeding tickets, number of accidents, hours of acticity per vehicle and other parameters which the GPS vendor can advise you for.

Analysis of corporate fleet costs after implementing a GPS system

After 3 to 6 months you can perform an analysis of your costs after having successfully implemented a GPS tracking system. This will show you the amount of costs you’ve cut, whether you’ve solved the problems you set out to solve by purchasing a GPS system and whether you’ve achieved your goals.