GPS technology is becoming a staple on many construction jobsites as a way to locate, manage, measure, and monitor service execution of equipment. The technology allows users to gain insight into vehicle performance to increase productivity and lower operating expenses.

But is this technology just for companies with a large fleet? Technology providers are offering more flexibility with the solutions in order to give smaller companies the opportunity to adopt the technology as well.

As one example, Wireless Matrix, www.wirelessmatrix.com, Herndon, Va., recently launched FleetOutlook 7.0—which introduces two new products, as well as additional enhancements to existing products. With FleetOutlook Express, small business can take advantage of the enterprise-level GPS offering at a much lower price point.

Mary Foltz, vice president, marketing and business development for Wireless Matrix, says the service is packaged to have basic tracking without the workforce management and the messaging. Users can still track fleets, view vehicle history, and search for a vehicle nearest to another vehicle, address, or location. Users can also upgrade as their business grows. Foltz says, “They can upgrade and keep all of their data and just add the new services … it is all seamless.”

In addition to offering a new service for smaller businesses, Wireless Matrix also released a new application designed for the iPhone and iPad. Today, more options are becoming available to access the monitoring capabilities on mobile devices in the field—giving supervisors access to critical information anywhere.

With Mobile Supervisor, users can access the following features on mobile devices: GPS tracking, vehicle status, color-coded fleets, and the ability to see where drivers are and where they have been. Users can also search for a vehicle nearest to another vehicle, address, or location. This application is currently available for free to FleetOutlook customers.

GPS technology is more commonly used on the construction jobsite to manage the fleet. The technology allows firms to keep an eye on the location of the vehicle, as well as monitor usage in order to optimize efficiencies in the field. The use of the technology is likely going to grow—especially as new options for smaller markets and the extended capabilities of the accessing the data on mobile devices creates new ways to manage the data.