GPS isn’t just for a big fleet of construction vehicles. The technology can provide value for small fleets as well. Construction companies can use GPS to maximize route efficiency and optimize use of employees and vehicles—allowing a smaller organization to do more with less people.

To help construction businesses implement such technology, providers are coming to market with solutions specifically designed to meet the needs of smaller organizations.

This week, Qualcomm Inc., www.qualcomm.com, San Diego, Calif., announced integration of its Circle of Service Workflow application with the Alliance Pro Transportation Management Software by Sylectus, www.sylectus.com, Woodhaven, Mich., a business unit of Qualcomm Enterprise Services that provides fleet-management software for smaller firms.

With the Alliance Pro Transportation Management Software, small fleets will have access to critical information through the new integration with the Circle of Service Workflow application.

Both fleet managers and drivers will be able to obtain service information through the integrated workflow solution. The solution will help reduce driver dependence on backoffice staff, as notifications are automatically sent to the driver. The technology also provides a list of scheduled stops and automated arrival and departure detection with GPS location.

With such technology, construction companies will be able to increase driver productivity and manage assets accordingly. In addition, the solution improves customer service through more efficient operations.

While the term GPS has been bandied around big construction organizations for years, it is something smaller construction companies have been exploring more in recent months as well. In today’s tight market, GPS can provide a way to optimize routes, which allows a smaller organization to operate like a large corporation.

Near the end of last year, Wireless Matrix, www.wirelessmatrix.com, Herndon, Va., introduced FleetOutlook Express for small businesses—offering basic tracking capabilities. Smaller construction companies can use the technology to track fleets, view vehicle history, and search for a vehicle nearest to particular location to improve route efficiency.

These are just a sampling of the solutions available for vehicle tracking for small construction businesses. As more construction companies realize the value of the technology, the software providers bring to market new solutions that meet the specific needs of the construction business.