More often construction companies are turning to fleet-tracking technology to keep an eye on vehicles and monitor KPIs (key performance indicators) and other analytics related to equipment. The technology improves visibility for operations, creating a more efficient, safe, and cost effective business.

This week, a new map overlay capability will now allow construction companies to superimpose infrastructure, GIS (geographic-information systems), or route maps on vehicle location maps. This will help create an integrated view for dispatching and other activities.

With this capability, a utility company, for example, can overlay a map of gas, water, electric, or telephone lines on a map of vehicle locations. As another example an oil and gas company can do the same with its underground pipes.

The technology comes from Navman Wireless, www.navmanwireless.com, Glenview, Ill., and the new feature is now available in the version 12.2 release of the company’s OnlineAVL2 fleet-tracking system.

Another unique feature for construction companies is the technology provides location, operations, and performance data for both on-highway vehicles and construction heavy equipment from one interface.

The new release also includes construction-specific reports. With the new Jobsite Utilization report, contractors can break down equipment use with each geofenced jobsite, allowing the organization to facilitate job costing.

Additional features include redesigned maintenance, engine hours, and equipment utilization reports, an enhanced work versus idle report, and dashboard enhancements that include realtime and day/week/month trending KPIs as well as color-coded alerts for metrics exceeding user-defined thresholds such as speeding.

The company offers three subscription bundles with features ranging from entry-level vehicle tracking to backend system integration.

With this type of technology, construction companies can improve visibility and safety, while also gathering trending data for enhanced future fleet operations. As the technology continues to advance, contractors have more options for ways to gather deeper insight into how the fleet is operating.