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The Best Vehicle Tracking Systems For Your Fleet

Posted in: Fleet Management Systems, Vehicle Tracking Systems
Date posted: 27 November 2017

Vehicle tracking systems have advanced greatly over recent years, as they consistently prove their worth to businesses across a range of industries.

With competitive pricing and constant innovations, customers—be it consumer or a business—find themselves inundated with a range of options.

And therein lies the challenge:

knowing which device would align with your specific business or personal requirements.

TomTom is the global leader in manufacturing navigation and mapping products, and it continues to top worldwide market sales in 2017. As such, this article will review the best TomTom fleet tracking devices you can use for your company.

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Questions To Ask Yourself When Choosing A Fleet Tracking Device

Fleet tracking devices would not be so prevalent if different industries did not see the value in them.

For one, this technology can improve your fleet’s efficiency by optimising the route your drivers should take. A shortened travel time would mean more trips and more deliveries, which would ultimately increase your businesses revenue.

With fleet tracking devices, you can also monitor each driver’s speed, minimising the risk of unsafe driving and potential accidents. And, the ability to track your fleet at any given time adds an extra layer of security in the unfortunate event of theft.

Ultimately, managing your fleet effectively would greatly impact your bottom line. But when it comes to picking the right tracking system, there are a number of things you first ought to consider. After all, this is a significant investment.

If you do not know where to start, look at these questions to guide you:

1. What are your company’s needs?

Start by looking at the current state of your fleet. For instance, certain vehicle tracking devices are better for larger fleets, so it’s worth noting how many vehicles you need to track, and even what type of vehicle you will be tracking.

Secondly, consult all other departments and identify any fleet-related issues you may need to take into consideration. Your financial department can give you feedback on mileage and expenses, and your HR department, if you’re a larger company, can tell you about your drivers’ current performance.

Lastly, set your objectives. Why do you need a fleet tracking system? List down the things you want to accomplish, such as:

  • reducing fuel consumption
  • monitoring vehicles
  • managing remote workers
  • geofencing
  • or reducing accidents.

2. How easy is it to use?

If you or your staff are going to have a difficult time figuring out a product’s mapping system or analytics, then your investment would go to waste. Choose a system that is user-friendly, easy to install and preferably from a supplier who will offer after sales care.

3. Is it scalable?

Think long term when picking your tracking device. You may only have a few vehicles today, but what about in the next few years?

When a business grows, the requirements change with it. Your tracking system should be able to adapt to this. If you have plans to expand, it’s best to find a product that is flexible, efficient, and scalable—preferably one that is cloud-based. Cloud-based devices come with their cloud-based software updates, so you will not need to constantly maintain them, enabling them to adapt quickly and easily to growing demand.

4. Is it mobile compatible?

Enterprise-level companies with large fleets often have designated managers who can monitor vehicles all day from a computer. Small to medium-sized businesses, however, do not have this luxury.

Managers for SMEs are often in the field, which makes monitoring a challenge. Check if the product has a mobile app that you can access wherever you are.

5. How often do you need data updates?

Data updates fall into two categories: real-time and passive.

If your company needs to be updated the entire time your vehicles are travelling, then a real-time GPS system is for you. Apart from current location, this would also give you arrival alerts, speeding alerts, and whichever vehicle is nearest to a given address.

If, however, you do not need to track your vehicles every minute, a passive system would work for you. Passive units will be installed on your vehicles, which would then store the data that you can download at the end of the workday.

The Best Fleet Tracking Devices for 2017

Once you have decided what type of system you are looking for, the vehicle tracker reviews below should give you a further breakdown of the best tracking devices that you can choose from:

TomTom Link 510

TomTom LINK510

Best for: Trucks, coaches

The TomTom Link 510 provides real-time information on the location of your vehicles, as well as an analysis of driver efficiency and safety. You will also be able to access a backlog of historical information, so you can track potential issues – and come up with respective solutions – over time.

  • Design – Comes with a sturdy mount that helps to secure your device to the windscreen
  • Screen size – 5 inches
  • Navigation – Equipped with Lifetime World Maps (use maps from anywhere in the world), Lifetime TomTom Traffic (real-time traffic information), and Lifetime Speed Camera (alerts you to the location of speed cameras).
  • WEBFLEET Connectivity – Provides information on real-time vehicle location, trip reports, logbooks, and driver behaviour
  • My Drive feature – This feature would allow you, or your drivers, to plan your route on your smartphones even before you get inside the vehicle. All you need to do is synchronise all devices, including the GPS device, PC or Mac, and mobile device. After you input your destination on your phone, the GPS device would automatically pull up a map once you get inside the vehicle.

TomTom Link 410

TomTom LINK 410

Best for: Light commercial vehicles

Made especially for light commercial vehicles, the TomTom Link 410 can connect your vehicles to the WEBFLEET management system for easier management. It also comes with automated mileage registration, be it for private use or for business.

  • Design – Comes with a docking station that would help hold your device properly
  • Screen size – 5 inches
  • Navigation – Uses Lifetime World Maps, TomTom Traffic, and Speed Camera
  • Bluetooth connection – Device can be connected to any hardware via Bluetooth for data capture, such as tyre pressure, barcode, and RFID
  • WEBFLEET Connectivity – Provides information on real-time vehicle location, trip reports, logbooks, and driver behaviour

TomTom Pro 2020

Best for: Larger fleets

The TomTom Pro 2020 is a driver log and coaching terminal—the perfect compact solution for large fleet operators. You can connect this to all your vehicles or add it to your existing TomTom Link 510. It combines all the essential features you would need to monitor your fleet on one small device.

  • Design – Comes with a dashboard mount to make sure your device is secure
  • Screen size – 2.5 inches
  • Features – Driver ID with buzzer alert, mileage logbook, Working Time for employees to log in each work day, and OptiDrive 360 for audio and visual feedback to the drivers
  • WEBFLEET Connectivity – Provides information on real-time vehicle location, trip reports, logbooks, and driver behaviour

TomTom PRO 7250 Truck

TomTom PRO 5250 Truck

Best for: Trucks, HGVs

One of the best Sat Navs for trucks, the TomTom PRO 7250 Truck provides truck-specific routing. This gives owners the assurance that the truck’s dimensions, weight, and cargo will be taken into account when setting a route.

  • Design – Comes with a click and go mount, fixed installation cradle, screen protectors, CLA-TMC receiver, and a universal carry case
  • Screen size – 5 inches
  • Navigation – European interactive truck maps with 3D design
  • WEBFLEET Connectivity – Provides information on real-time vehicle location, trip reports, logbooks, and driver behaviour

For more information on which Sat Nav is best for your trucks, click here.

TomTom Link 105

TomTom Link 105

Best for: Light commercial vehicles, tracking CO2 emissions

The TomTom Link 105 is a small device packed with big features. It puts a premium on helping you reduce costs by providing real-time fuel monitoring and carbon footprint reports. This is an add-on device for your existing TomTom Link 410 and 510.

  • Dimensions – 1.9 x 1.1 x 1 inch
  • Features – Provides fuel consumption reports, OptiDrive report (audio-visual feedback to drivers), vehicle maintenance notifications, and vehicle maintenance reports
  • WEBFLEET Connectivity – Provides information on real-time vehicle location, trip reports, logbooks, and driver behaviour
  • Bluetooth connection – Device can be connected to existing TomTom trackers via Bluetooth

Choose Wisely

Fleet tracking systems gave business owners a more efficient way to manage day-to-day operations of their vehicles. However, for your investment to be worth it, make sure that you pick one that would best suit your company’s needs.

For more information on our range of fleet tracking devices, give us a call at 0333 2000 670.