GPS trackers: Self installations gone terribly wrong
Fleet business owners have a mile long list of things to do and GPS trackers have been credited to helping many fleets get organized, cut down on time constraints and improve customer service. A lot of business owners that decide to purchase GPS trackers think they can manage the task of self installing the devices, but they quickly find themselves in one of many nightmare scenarios. If you’re a fleet business that has leaned towards self-installing your GPS tracker system, you might want to take a look at why that might not be the best way to go. Here are a few ways self installations of GPS trackers have gone terribly wrong.
Scenario #1: Employees installed the GPS trackers in your company vehicles, but they weren’t installed properly. This results is trouble shooting problems and work time wasted. Research must be completed to attempt fixing the mistakes and there is no guarantee that a solution will be found.
Scenario #2: You took employees away from their regular assigned duties to have them install your GPS trackers, but it takes them much more time to get the job done than professionals. Now, you are having trouble justifying the true cost of labor for the time it takes your employees to finish the job while diminishing manpower in other departments.
Scenario #3: Your employees install the GPS trackers for your fleets, but they assumed all installs were the same. Now, you will have complications with the system to deal with as no generic installation exists. It should be noted that not all devices are exactly the same so you’d be doing yourself a major disservice by allowing employees to do the job, incorrectly.
In the end, it is better to let professionals complete the install process for you. Don’t get caught up in the mindset that it will take less time if your employees install the GPS trackers, because it can cause more problems and it won’t save you upfront costs. Monitoring fleets is a significant part of making your business more efficient and you certainly don’t want to have a system failure due to improper installation.
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