Brian Joss – Now more than ever it is important to know where the costs lie in your business. In the road transport and vehicle fleet sectors, there are several areas in which costs can be identified, managed and reduced, says Hein Jordt, managing director of Ctrack SA.
Cost management is a core pillar of Ctrack developed by Inseego, one of the world’s leader in vehicle tracking, fleet management and insurance telematics solutions. Other equally important functions include safety and security, productivity and efficiency, operational efficiency and asset management.
One area in road transport that has a massive impact on operating costs are the drivers. This is why Ctrack has solutions that can track and monitor driving behaviour and identify instances of harsh acceleration, braking and cornering, engine revving and excessive idling, among others.
Drivers prone to these types of behaviours on a daily basis cost transport companies thousands of rand each month, and not just through increased fuel use, but also in vehicle crashes and increased vehicle maintenance.
However, when management is armed with information about how their vehicles are being driven, they can take the necessary remedial steps to address these problems, reduce their costs and potentially save lives.
Management information provided by Ctrack also gives about their employees working hours and whether or not vehicles are being driven for business or private purposes.
It is possible to see if vehicles are being used during prohibited times or in areas they are not allowed to be in, all from the palm of one’s hand when viewing the fleet via the web on mobile devices.
Vehicle routes can be scheduled and optimised for efficiency, meaning vehicles will travel fewer kilometres and get to their destinations quicker. Managers of transport companies can take it even further, by creating driver ratings or saving and exporting reports on fuel usage and worked hours.
Ctrack does not take a ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to its software solutions. Instead it offers products, that are highly specific to a particular market demand. Ctrack Drive is designed for small businesses and solves the unusual challenges SMMEs face in South Africa. Its features are therefore easy to use, affordable to implement and highly effective in providing business insights.
No matter the product, Ctrack provides user interfaces that include the latest information and whereabouts of fleets and employees. These user interfaces provide an instant snapshot of the location of vehicles and assets, either through lists or map views. For managers, multiple management reports and an executive dashboard are always close at hand, meaning a return on investment in a very short time.
Ctrack’s various product solutions, such as fleet tracking, cameras, jamming detection, trailer and asset tracking with live software reporting options, that reduce a lot of manual intervention for fleet and asset types.
Ctrack also offer life cycle support to customers, through its experienced national footprint. Account managers ensure that the systems provide the required reporting that empowers clients to manage their fleets with accurate information. A state of the art call centre that operates 24/7 prides itself in industry leading recovery rates, and is also capable of supporting clients that wishes to outsource a certain part of their fleet’s operational and risk management tasks.
CAPTION: Keeping track: know what your drivers are doing.