I love movies about World War II.  One of my favorites is the 1965 classic, Battle of the Bulge.  Its got all the trimming of a great war flick – tanks, songs sun in German, the 101st Airborne, Charles Bronson.  But one of the coolest parts of the film is the war room scene.

All those cool models on an oversized map move about to represent the reality of the battle was intriguing to me.  In order for the head quarters to have reliable information to make command decisions about where to send forces, push the enemy, or build defenses they had to have reliable picture of the way things really are out in the field.

It is exactly the same way with your small business.  In order to get your driver, serviceman, or package to the right location as new needs pop up in real-time requires you to have a fleet management solution that empowers you to provide a superior service that leaves your customer with an impression of significance.  GPS fleet tracking can do this for your business.

There are a few different ways that GPS is able to do this, but the primary way is through a web-based interface.  The way it works is like this: Each vehicle in your fleet is equipped with a GPS device manufactured specifically for fleet management.  This type of GPS differs significantly from your standard auto GPS in that a regular auto GPS unit only gathers, logs, and displays information for the driver of the vehicle.

GPS for fleet management, on the other hand, does all these same things but it also transmits this information to a central processing station via radio or cell tower waves.  This central processing station then interprets the position of your fleet in real time – enabling you to get a bird’s eye view of your fleet as they make the calls that make you money and prosper your business.

There are a variety of options available depending upon your particular locality, but almost all of them work around this basic premise.  Charges for the service normally work the same way across the board.  There is a large up-front fee to purchase the GPS unit.  Then, on top of that, they charge a monthly service fee for use of the processing station.  The devices can probably be hacked to transmit the information to another location, but if you already have the skill to set to do that then you could just hack a cell phone to do essentially the same thing without the large upfront fee and a much smaller monthly fee.

However you plan on making use of fleet management technology what is important to your bottom line is that you do it.  That way you can build that war room for your business to get the job done better and faster.  That will make your customers happy and your business successful.

If you are interested in more information about the how GPS fleet tracking benefits small businesses check out the post looking at the Aberdeen report on the subject.