Are you using GPS (global positioning system) to manage fleets? The benefits could mean increased productivity and improved revenue. When compared to other industries, the construction world is far more willing to use GPS, but not everyone is completely onboard.

According to a survey, construction is split right down the middle. The survey reveals a 50/50 break in the adoption rate of GPS technology. Still, that 50% rate outranks the government (44%), utilities (40%), and service (37%). The survey was sponsored by GPS Insight, www.gpsinsight.com, in conjunction with by Bobit Business Media.

Respondents were polled in various industries—primarily delivery, including construction, government, utilities, and service—using fleets of all sizes. The survey explored four main areas: current adoption rate, choosing a provider, benefits, and ROI (return on investment).

In the construction industry, both time and money are important.. Knowledge of where materials are coming from and how long it will take can help in the planning and implementation process to ensure a project is completed on time.

According to the survey, fuel consumption, maintenance, and equipment and replacement are the three biggest hurdles facing fleets.

Reasons GPS is not being adopted to combat these issues include budget and the need to do more research. But, 23% feel using the technology will not help whatsoever. What this number seems to indicate is either these fleets do just fine as currently constructed, or management is hesitant or resistant to change.

In the survey, 86% of the respondents say use of GPS is either somewhat or very beneficial to their business. In fact, four out of five areas—productivity, fuel usage, vehicle maintenance, routing, and customer service—show results from GPS use exceeded goals that were set (maintenance was the only area to have a decline). As for the ROI, fleets report full returns in at least one year. Fleets see savings in fuel consumption, travel time and distance, and recovery of stolen equipment.

Complete insight into fleet operation is seen as important by 90% of respondents, and 84% say GPS can improve fleet management.

Since many construction sites use technology in planning and building processes, shouldn’t the same thought apply to the actual transportation of materials needed to do the job? Murphy’s Law of “whatever can go wrong will go wrong” shouldn’t have to come into play if the technology available can make all components of a project work effectively and efficiently.

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