How implementing tracking systems can lead to improved business efficiency

Le Tour de France is the most prestigious cycling competition in the world with a following of millions of supporters and viewers. Obviously not every supporter can make it to the race, however with today’s technology, they are able to track how their favourite riders are trekking in real time.

The use of tracking systems in sports has allowed people to monitor the athletes’ statistics without having to physically attend the event, and has also enabled riders and their sport-science teams to strive for

Tour de France-tracking system

This image is from the SKODA tour tracker website.  It shows you where each cyclist is currently placed in the race, in real time.

and achieve continuous improvement.

If we can track Tour de France cyclists, why can't you do the same for your business?

Having complete visibility of your remote workers is crucial to improving your business efficiency. Imagine the insights you could gain if your organisation altered its perspective from “what data do we currently have access to?” and towards “what data could we have access to?” – the same mentality used by Le Tour de France.

In this month’s blog we will look at how implementing a tracking system in your organisation can help optimise your business operations.

How successful companies around the world are implementing tracking systems?

The transportation sector has become a competitive market over the last two decades and therefore delivering intangible value to your customers has never been so important.

A research conducted by POMS on real-time tracking on vehicles concluded that it's possible to not only improve internal operational efficiency, but also extend visibility to clients thus achieving an integrated solution.

Within the transportation sector, the types of information that you can track are:

  • Location information
  • Vehicle speed
  • Idle time
  • Odometer reading
  • Hours of service
  • Fuel consumption

Tracking the above information can help increase the efficiency of your business, allow you to make decisions based on solid data, and increase customer satisfaction by managing your workforce more effectively.

 

This image is from Wikipedia. It outlines the principle of geolocation based on the GPS for the position determination and the GSM / GPRS or telecommunication satellites network for data transmission.

 

How can I improve my business efficiency?

The key question to ask yourself before implementing a tracking system is what do you want to track and why? Is it the safety of your workers, customer service, or something else you want to improve?

Today’s forward thinking organisations are using tracking systems in combination with their scheduling and planning strategies to ensure productivity and utilisation is optimised. Doing so allows you to make decisions on:

  • Improving customer satisfaction
  • Optimising driver safety
  • Reducing fuel costs
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Increasing security of vehicles

Answering the foundational question “what do you want to track and why” will give your business a sense of direction when it comes to implementing your tracking system.

What are my next steps?

If you’re unable to improve your business efficiency with your current operations, it’s time you looked into the implementation of tracking systems for your remote workforce.

Mintec has had considerable experience in the area of tracking. Our most recent projects have been implementing tracking systems in locomotives which send information back to centralised authorities. However our history runs back to the early 1990’s when we started tracking Commonwealth cars.

Mintec would welcome the opportunity to explore your ideas and issues. We have the specialised skills, expertise and years of experience to assist your business.

Do you have an issue that could be contained by the use of tracking technology? Give us a call on +61 3 9660 5500, or send us a message – we look forward to speaking to you.

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