Integrating vehicle tracking and route planning software can provide significant business benefits which cannot be achieved by simply using the two systems alongside each other. Once integrated, you will be able to compare planned activity with what is actually happening in real-time, allowing you or your transport team to quickly identify discrepancies between the two.
The integration of vehicle tracking and route planning software provides you with a number of benefits including:
How does it work?
Put simply the integration involves installing a layer of software between your routing and scheduling system and the GPS devices in your vehicles. It uses its clever algorithm to process the messages received from the GPS devices to monitor the vehicles along the planned routes. So instead of transport office staff simply seeing dots on a map, they will know whether the vehicle will reach its next destination early, late or on time.
Can you integrate with more than one vehicle tracking system?
If you use more than one vehicle tracking system, then routing and scheduling software like Paragon can be integrated with multiple vehicle tracking products. For example, if yours is a seasonal business with particularly heavy volumes during peak periods, short term contract transport operators can be added to the system, irrespective of which tracking device they have in their vehicles. Alternatively, you can keep a stock of ready-linked portable tracking devices to give to temporary drivers. Either way, it means your logistics management processes can extend to your whole fleet.
How easy is it to implement?
As long as your routing and scheduling system already has an established interface with your vehicle tracking system, then implementation can be a straightforward process. Our development team here at Paragon has already built interfaces for 25 different vehicle tracking systems. In most instances, the Paragon Support Team can go ahead and integrate vehicle tracking and route planning software without the time required for building a new interface which means that the benefits can be realised faster.
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