AVL, or automatic vehicle location, is used extensively in a number of industries, including law enforcement, public transit, logistics, construction and public works. AVL is a broad term and can be used to describe tracking for more than just vehicles. Ruggedized laptops, generators, construction equipment and anything else that is used in the field can benefit from AVL solutions.
The benefits of implementing an AVL system to track mobile assets and employees are numerous, but for many companies and organizations, ROI, or return on investment, is a major concern. AVL provides ROI beginning the instant that it is implemented.
How AVL Increases ROI
In a sense, installing an AVL system is like having a supervisor on board at all times in each and every one of your fleet vehicles. It allows you to see where your mobile assets are and what they are doing, allowing you to detect potential problems.
AVL produces ROI largely be increasing the efficiency of your fleet. With an integrated AVL solution, you will be able to monitor and control operations, track emissions, track fuel usage, manage routes and ensure compliance with company regulations as well as local, state and federal laws. By tracking where your mobile assets are and what they are doing at all times, you can reduce personnel costs by reducing overtime. Since AVL is like having a supervisor on board that keeps track of everything automatically, you may also be able to save money by no longer needing someone to keep track of your fleet manually.
AVL and MRM, or Mobile Resource Management, systems are commonly used to track the amount of time vehicles spend idling. In addition to burning excess fuel, time spent idling takes away from productive time. An AVL system will also provide you with information regarding how fast your drivers are driving, allowing you to determine if they are burning excessive fuel or putting your company at risk for speeding tickets.
Another big way that AVL produces ROI is by allowing you to manage routes. With an AVL system in place, you can see the exact routes your drivers are taking. Not only does this let you make sure that they are going where they are supposed to be going, it also allows you to ensure that they are getting from Point A to Point B via the most fuel efficient route. For businesses where consumables are a concern, such as snow plowing companies that put down salt or de-icing agents, the system can also be used to keep track of the amount of material consumed. For example, you can see if your driver is taking a route that causes him to double back over the same area, using additional consumables and burning more fuel than necessary.
Other Ways AVL Saves Money and Boosts ROI
Real-time tracking of mobile assets also provides an opportunity for you to save on your insurance costs by providing safety protocols. In the event of a lost or stolen asset, having tracking installed will also make it much easier for you or law enforcement officials to recover your missing property.
AVL also provides safety and other types of intangible ROI. By tracking your mobile assets in real time, you will be able to provide improved customer service and better response times, making customers and clients more likely to trust your company or organization. AVL also enhances the safety of drivers and employees who are working alone in the field. It will alert you of accidents and incidents immediately, and you will be able to dispatch help exactly where it is needed in the event of a problem.
AVL from CompassCom
At CompassCom, AVL is one of our specialties. In fact, we have been at the forefront of the AVL and MRM industries since the inception of our company in 1994. We provide complete AVL solutions for our clients and ensure that all of the elements for successful fleet management are in place. We work closely with our clients to help them leverage their existing GIS investments and integrate existing providers and carrier hardware.
Whether you own a business or are involved with an organization or government agency, CompassCom can create a comprehensive fleet management solution to track all of your mobile assets, including vehicles, equipment and personnel in the field, to provide accountability and increase cost effectiveness, safety and efficiency.
To learn more about AVL solutions from CompassCom, please give us a call at 800-787-0651.