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Saving Money Series 2: Utility Fleet Management

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The Save Money Series shines a spotlight on the ways in which GSE products can be used to augment the financial efficiency of projects, individual assets, and anything else that can be tracked. The purpose of this series is to help both managers and employees draw direct lines between operational activity and ROI, and then use that information to make informed decisions about their operations. To see more Save Money Series articles, please use the linkbase in the introductory article.

Saving Money with GSatTrack in the Utility Sector

Identifying Financial Sieves

Three major sources of budgetary drain in the Utility sector are:

  • Fleet Management; example: inefficient fleet management leads to confusion in the field, disproportionate use of vehicles, and higher operational costs.
  • Asset Management; example: poor asset management can result in equipment being improperly used, lack of proper maintenance, and misrepresentation of where equipment is located.
  • Route Management; example: lack of proper route management can increase fuel consumption and operational costs while exposing drivers and equipment to more dangerous situations than necessary.

These factors account for a significant amount of managerial stress during project planning and post-project auditing, and GSatTrack provides an elegant solution to resolve them. In this article, we'll discuss the use of GSatTrack for utility fleet management.

Utility Fleet Management

Understanding the Problem

Many utility companies are operating large fleets with a multitude of crews over large geographical areas in a number of environments, from inclimate weather to remote areas. Not having the proper tools for fleet management leads to inflated operational costs, miscommunication, and even possible life threatening circumstances. Utility companies must be able to deploy their crews in a timely and efficient manner in order to maintain operational efficiency of the utilities billions of people rely on globally. Efficient and effective fleet management is a necessity to any utility company regardless of its size.

Understanding the Solution

Managing a large amount of vehicles, equipment, and personnel is no simple task, but having the right toolset in place can definitely improve efficiency and reduce operational costs. Utility companies need the ability to manage large fleets across large geographical regions, especially during inclement weather conditions. This means fleet managers must have the most recent data and the ability to communicate with their teams in the field immediately. Having an all inclusive telematics ecosystem that can integrate various software systems, track assets, and communicate with essential personnel is an absolute must.

Achieving the Solution with GSatTrack

GSatTrack has a number of features tailored specifically towards fleet management. The platform offers companies a way to monitor and interact with their vehicles, personnel, and equipment from one easily accessible location. The platform is designed with hierarchy permissions so that companies can implement a tiered organizational structure within the portal giving managers access to only the information they need. Platform managers can send messages, route assets, monitor assets, receive alerts, and much more. Platform managers can also run a multitude of reports to collect important data about their assets and daily operations which can be utilized to improve and enhance daily operations.

Fleet managers leveraging GSatTrack benefit from the use of information systems that can replace the "busy work" of dozens of individuals, including those responsible for installation and service expansion. Managing the contractors responsible for installing new utility lines from a single portal allows for daily audits of progress and productivity, and helps managers highlight the crews that might need additional assistance or supervision during the installation process. Those contractors could be suffering a number of setbacks that can easily delay installation projects by days and weeks, and identifying those worksite problems can help them finish the project and get more customers connected quickly.

More About GSatTrack

GSatTrack is an industry-best device-agnostic telematics visualization platform that offers a suite of tools that help people Monitor, Manage, and Maximize their tracked Assets from anywhere in the world. GSatTrack features real-time data feeds, map interfaces with live and history modes, complex reporting, and advanced interactive tools. Trusted by high-profile public and private sector clients alike, GSatTrack is also the default choice of most major Satellite networks, having been certified for use by Globalstar, Inmarsat, and Iridium.

People are always available to enthusiastically tell stories about GSE's products, and to answer any questions you may have about them. Please get in touch with us today to learn more about the ways in which GSE can help you develop the solution that works best for you.

About the Author
Justin Sowell
Technical Writer

Justin brings a combination of communication, leadership, and innovation skills to GSE. With a diverse background in the military, oil and gas, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit industries, Justin enjoys thinking outside of the box to seek new opportunities in which GSE can improve the lives and operations of the partners we serve.

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