Can Your Business Benefit from Mobile Resource Management?
Since the launch of mobile broadband networks more than 10 years ago, the MRM, or mobile resource management, market has exploded. Currently, there are more than 400,000 companies in the United States alone that use MRM and AVL, or automatic vehicle location, systems to keep track of vehicles and other valuable assets that are taken into the field, including machinery, laptops, tablets, and other valuable assets. By 2017, it is predicted that the MRM market will see a huge increase. Currently, there are approximately 7.4 million MRM units in use; and by 2017, that number is expected to reach 10.5 million.
When you think of MRM and AVL, things like trucking companies and maybe public transportation probably come to mind, but these powerful tools can be used in so many other industries. In fact, any business or organization that has any assets used in the field can benefit from MRM and AVL technology.
These are just a few of the industries that benefit from MRM and AVL:
Ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars can, and should, all be outfitted with a tracking device. When a dispatcher is able to determine exactly where a particular unit is located, s/he can make an informed decision to dispatch the unit that is closest to the emergency, saving precious minutes, and in many cases, lives.
AVL is commonly used to keep track of government vehicles and mobile assets that could hold important and confidential information, such as laptops.
Energy and Utility Companies
In addition to using MRM and AVL to keep track of company vehicles and dispatch crews quickly and efficiently, it can also be used to improve employee safety and decrease costs. MRM allows dispatchers to determine the most cost-effective routes and monitor idle times and unapproved stops.
Construction companies and road crews have thousands, sometimes millions, of dollars’ worth of heavy equipment. With MRM and AVL solutions, it is possible to track not only your primary work trucks, but also other equipment including: dozers, excavators, generators, and more. Ruggedized laptops and smart phones can also be tracked, allowing company owners to know where all of their assets are at all times.
In addition to keeping track of where plow drivers are at all times, MRM can cut costs by tracking the consumption of sand and de-icing agents. This data can help dispatchers determine the best routes to save money and to determine where less consumables can be used.
Whether your company delivers pizzas across town or truckloads of valuable merchandise across the country, investing in MRM is a must. From enhancing employee safety to making sure that your drivers stay on task and don’t take any unapproved detours, MRM and AVL are investments that you cannot put a value on.
Additional Benefits of MRM and AVL
If you have a business of any size with company vehicles or any other types of mobile assets, investing in a comprehensive MRM or AVL solution is a wise decision. In addition to the obvious benefit of allowing you to see in real time where your most valuable assets are; MRM and AVL cut costs and improve safety. Some specific benefits include:
- Decreased insurance rates. Many insurance companies offer discounts to companies that use MRM to keep track of vehicles and other high-value insured items like electronics and construction equipment.
- Improved employee safety. With an MRM or AVL solution in place, you can pinpoint exactly where your employees are at all times. This means that in the event of an accident or other emergency, you know exactly where to send emergency crews to help.
- Decreased fuel costs. Gas prices killing your bottom line? With MRM and AVL, you can see all of your fleet vehicles on a map and detect potential costly issues like having multiple areas in the same area at the same time. You can also keep track of how long your drivers spend idling and see if they stray from their planned route. It’s also possible to implement speed tracking technology so you can see if a driver’s lead foot is causing excessive fuel consumption.
At CompassCom, we provide comprehensive MRM and AVL solutions for businesses and organizations of all sizes. Whether you need to track one vehicle or piece of equipment or hundreds, we can create and implement a solution that will perfectly suit your needs. We are MRM and AVL experts, and we pride ourselves on providing excellent fleet management services.
To learn more about MRM and AVL and how they can improve safety and decrease costs in your business or organization, please give us a call at 800-787-0651. We’ve provided AVL solutions for thousands of customers, and we look forward to helping you as well!