A guide to making the right decisions when researching and selecting a GPS tracking system.


Selecting the correct GPS tracking solution for your oil and gas business can be a tough decision. Establishing key concepts to consider, what criteria are most important to you, and the return on investment you can potentially achieve are all critical in making your decision on the right GPS tracking partner.

Key concepts to consider

There are many different GPS tracking options to choose from, so it is smart to identify the most basic components of your fleet that can be affected and would benefit from a GPS application. It is not just important for your business to consider what is needed right now, but also what will be needed down the road. This will help ensure that as your needs change and grow, the solution will be able to adapt and scale with you. It is critical to find a solution that will provide your management team with the most accurate data, a smooth implementation, and most important, a significant return on investment.

Every fleet has different goals and challenges that need to be accomplished, so take the time to dive into what those are for your fleet. Commencing the GPS tracking buying process with a general idea of what your criteria are will keep you focused on what you really need and allow you to easily narrow down your list of potential providers.

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Desirable capabilities

Deciding what capabilities and features you need in a GPS tracking solution is the next phase of the decision-making process. Knowing what you would like to monitor within your fleet will lead you to assessing the right functionality in your GPS tracking software. Many fleets, both large and small, will benefit from customized reporting capabilities, length of historical data retention, comprehensive alerts, and simple scheduling and dispatching as some of the core features in their GPS tracking software. Functionality, ease of use, accuracy of GPS data, quality customer service and overall customizability are also characteristics that your GPS tracking provider should have.

Attain the greatest return on investment

If you are only looking to simply see dots on a map within GPS tracking software, the least expensive solution may be the route you want to take. Yet, if you are looking to get the most from your GPS tracking partner, you will want a solution that can help you squeeze the maximum ROI. It should not be the initial cost of the software that you worry about, but the opportunity cost. The advantages of choosing a valuable GPS tracking solution greatly exceed the cost savings from selecting a cheaper version. Quality GPS tracking is something that should be looked at as an investment and not a simple and cheap solution.

Applications that are highly configurable and provide accurate reports, timely data and robust mapping capabilities will allow you to analyze a wide range of metrics to properly manage your fleet operations. Highly customizable alerts, reports and ease of administration will give you all of the tools you need to have a clear insight into the data that will allow you to improve the efficiency and productivity of your fleet. Apply these general strategies to your GPS tracking buying process and you will be well on your way to making the right decision in order to take full control of your fleet.

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