GPS tracking and information technologies are the invisible driving force behind some of the most efficient and established companies in the world. The ability to monitor your entire fleet of vehicles in real-time gives you a massive advantage over your competitors, and with the technologies we offer, you can monitor so much more than the position of vehicles. With advancements like this, it’s no wonder that more and more companies are incorporating GPS tech into their already-successful business models. As GPS becomes an industry standard, the time to upgrade is now.
Nakhonchai Air, a large Thai transportation company, recently (and very successfully) introduced information technologies like GPS into their bus services, allowing them to efficiently run their business. Equipping a bus with a GPS system can allow an entirely new level of fleet management possibilities, making it easier to maximize profits and increase customer satisfaction by providing reliable and predictable service. Public transportation systems are bolstering their fleet management capabilities with GPS, and other industries would do well to follow suit.
Nakhonchai Air found success with GPS technology added to busses, and will be equipping as many as 10,000 taxis in their fleet with the technology, harnessing the power of fleet management to increase profitability as other services arise. Kruawan Wongrukmit, chief executive officer of Nakhonchai Air and All Thai Taxi, insisted that information technology is a growing priority with the company, and that various devices and monitoring tools will be installed into as many vehicles as possible as one of the company’s primary investment focuses.
Phase one of their plan will involve the deployment of 500 hybrids equipped with a vast array of monitoring systems, control modules, and GPS tracking solutions that will allow various aspects of the fleet and individual vehicles to be monitored and recorded easily over the internet. The control unit itself will act as a sort of “black box”, collecting and saving crucial information about the vehicle’s speed and location.
The system will also double as a more advanced Point-of-Sale system, allowing passengers to pay via methods other than cash. While this new compatibility will certainly allow users to pay via credit card, other payment methods may be considered.
Millions have already been spent on the creation of a new fleet management center for the company, and the new service, complete with its new fleet of hybrid vehicles, will be launching in April of this year. An app will be launched alongside the new service to allow passengers to hail a taxi more quickly and easily, and a partnership has been made with Kasikornbank to allow passengers to pay their fare via the very same app. Other aspects of the new service are modeled after the systems installed in busses in the past year.
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