Telematics vs Smart Devices

Apr 26, 2018

There’s no denying the advantage of smartphones and tablets when you’re on the job. More than just making calls, techs can email, text, receive work orders, search for inventory, process payments, and even get turn-by-turn directions. However, the risks of using a smartphone or tablet while driving, especially for business purposes, are significant and range from costly to even deadly. When it comes to fleet management and navigation, here are a few drawbacks to using smartphones or tablets instead of dedicated tracking devices.

  • Inaccurate Maps: We’ve all been there. You’re driving in an unfamiliar area, listening to Siri, Alexa, or, Cortana tell you to turn left, but as indicated by the “Road Closed” sign on the left, that’s clearly not an option. Location information derived from smartphones is often outdated, inaccurate, inconsistent, and a huge drain on the device’s battery.
  • Human Error: Smartphones can be left at home, tablets can be left on a customer’s kitchen counter, and both devices can run out of battery. Plus, a driver can simply turn off these devices or disable a GPS tracking app. By using a dedicated tracking device that is installed discreetly into a vehicle, driver interaction is removed from the equation.
  • Limited Data: Another place where smartphones fall short is with the limited data they can provide. Mobile GPS apps don’t show where vehicles have been, they don’t tell you if a driver is speeding or texting while driving, and they don’t let you know when you’re vehicle has been idling with the engine running for 15 minutes (and wasting fuel!).

The Bottom Line

Imagine sitting in the passenger seat with of all your drivers. Do you think they would driver better and more efficiently if you were there? A GPS tracking device can have the same effect. By installing a tracking device into your vehicles, you’re able to know where they are at all times, measure driving behavior, monitor idling time, and track fuel economy. Smart devices are great tools, but when it comes to vehicle management, the pros of a dedicated tracking device will serve your better and ultimately benefit your business and its bottom line.

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