It’s no secret that GPS tracking technology can be used to reduce costs, but many companies are hesitant to invest in tracking devices. Why? Because they’re worried that the initial cost will outweigh any savings. While we do our best to reassure our clients, sometimes it takes a real-world example to prove just how lucrative a GPS tracking system can be, and a recent development across North Carolina Schools is a great example of how this technology can lead to great things.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System (CMS) has been using GPS trackers in their busses for just over a year now, with a total of nearly 1,400 busses currently equipped with textbook-sized tracking modules. While these tracking devices are relatively small, the difference they are making in the school system’s budget is massive. Thanks to the increased efficiency of the GPS-enabled student transportation system, it only took one year for CMS to save a grand total of $1.5 million.
How is a small tracking device saving CMS so much money? Mostly through increased efficiency. By reducing the amount of traveling and stopping each individual bus has to make on a given trip, fuel consumption has been decreased an average of 10% cross the 50 North Carolina school districts embracing this fleet management technology. Miles traveled has also decreased an average of 5% across the board, but efficiency isn’t the only way that these trackers are helping out.
Fleet managers can now change a bus’s route on-the-fly to adapt to changing traffic conditions, cutting down on the amount of wasted time and gas a bus uses up while stuck in traffic. The GPS tracking system is also reducing maintenance costs by sending alerts when a vehicle needs to be repaired or maintained. Oil changes, tire rotations, and transmission fluid cycles are no longer put off or neglected thanks to the GPS system’s built-in ability to monitor fluid levels and alert maintenance professionals when the time for repairs comes.
Increasing student safety was the main reason for the implementation of these systems, and thanks to the school’s newfound ability to hold drivers accountable for their mistakes, every bus ride is now a little safer. Resolving conflicts between parents and bus drivers is now easier than ever. When a parent makes a complaint about a bus speeding or otherwise driving recklessly, school officials can look back at the bus’s record and know for a fact how fast the bus was moving. The GPS tracking system monitors and records a wide range of statistics that can be used as concrete evidence to support or refute claims.
GPS systems can benefit students, drivers, parents, and fleet management by…
- Reducing operating costs.
- Sending alerts to parents when a bus is delayed.
- Preventing theft.
- Creating a record of the bus’s activities.
- Alerting fleet management when a driver isn’t driving safely.
Do you think that systems like these should be implemented across the country, or are they an invasion of privacy? Should GPS systems be able to monitor the positions of students? Let us know in the comments section below!