What is difference between fleet management and vehicle tracking?

A vehicle tracking system combines the installation of an electronic device in a fleet of vehicles, with purpose-designed computer software to enable the owner to track the vehicle’s location, collecting data in the process from the field and deliver it to the base of operation.

Fleet management, a wider term, means the management of a company’s vehicle fleet. Fleet management can include a range of functions, such as vehicle financing, vehicle maintenance, vehicle telematics (tracking and diagnostics), driver management, speed management, fuel management and health and safety management.

There are already lots of fleet management solutions in the market and in fact, most of the companies with big lorries do have the tracking devices installed and are able to track the locations of their vehicles. The sad reality is that most of the solutions marketed as “fleet management systems” are actually vehicle tracking systems with a little bit of added functionality (driver behavior etc) in them. These systems put the vehicle position in the centre of fleet management and derive all the information from that perspective.

In reality, the position of the vehicle is only a part of the solution in fleet management. By the time the cargo is in its way to the customer, the fleet manager has already conducted more than half of his work with that cargo and customer. Among other things, he has searched for the cargo, assigned the vehicle and driver, checked the requirements and prepared the paperwork. Unfortunately, the so called “fleet management solutions” on the market today neglect these tasks.

LogistIT’s approach is different. We have built a system which puts fleet manager in the middle and covers all his work process. With LogistIT Scheduling the fleet manager can easily plan his resources and assign drivers and vehicles to trips. For the LogistIT Monitoring, not only does it cover the functionality of other services, but it also sends live alerts when something is not going according to the plan. Want to learn more about LogistIT? Sign Up or request more information from our team.