Drive better

For businesses operating between five and 30 vehicles the dichotomy is that, although it constitutes a ‘fleet’, the operation is often enough to justify the employment of a full-time fleet manager – even though all the elements of cost containment with regards to the vehicles remains the same.

The task then generally falls to ‘someone else’ – quite often within the finance department or even in procurement of human resources, none of whom generally have the requisite fleet management expertise to optimise vehicle operation.

Fortunately, technology keeps marching on and Ctrack has launched a new software package specifically aimed at the small to medium enterprise.

Drive is an affordable, feature-rich Software as a Service (SaaS) solution ideal for SMME’s and company’s with fleets of 30 vehicles or less. The mobile solution is perfectly-suited to companies whose vehicles are not their core business and who do not employ dedicated fleet managers.

Simple to use, the Drive solution provides the fleet management tools business owners need, without the prohibitive costs and complexity of current offerings.

Drive’s intuitive dashboard, for example, can be viewed and administered on desktop computers, laptops, tablets and mobile devices and provides a top-down view of all vehicles, drivers and tasks, simultaneously.

GPS integration locates vehicles and drivers in real-time through easy to use map software. Responsive mapping indicates a driver’s current location as well as where they’re headed to next, giving small businesses the ability to provide their customers with updated estimated times of arrival.

The solution can also provide a full overview of a company’s in-progress and scheduled tasks, with the tracking of deliveries and job statuses also performed in real-time. With Drive, it is possible to schedule jobs beforehand, assigning these to specific drivers and/or vehicles, as required.

After entering the tasks for the day, the built-in route optimisation function provides the most efficient routes for drivers to travel. This radically reduces the time taken and distances driven, as well as the amount of fuel consumed on a daily basis. It also means drivers waste no time phoning controllers for assistance.

Furthermore, jobs and customer visits can be scheduled on driver’s phones, thereby assisting drivers with planning and structuring their tasks into organised workflows.Turn-by-turn navigation means drivers never get lost, while a trip score highlights areas needing driver behavour improvements.

Real-time driving violations can be depicted, as can where vehicles were driven, where they stopped or where they idled excessively. Using geo-fencing capability, vehicles can be limited to predefined areas, with alerts sent when breaches occur. These alerts can be sent and received via the Drive app, SMS or email and can be categorised and organised into user groups, making them simpler to manage.

Drive users can create service intervals of differing lengths and service types, while drivers can report vehicle faults through the app. Business and private logbooks can be produced and separated, with the business logbook used to recover business mileage expenses.

Detailed and fully customisable reports are easy to interpret and can be downloaded for further scrutiny. These reports help small business owners analyse their cost items and allow them to make better decisions, faster.

Last but not least, a stolen vehicle recovery service is also included on a 24/7 basis.

“Ctrack is proud to launch this innovative solution for the SMME market at an unbeatable price,” says Cobus Grove, Ctrack Global COO. “Drive is the culmination of 30 years of experience and reflects a deep understanding of the needs of our customers across the diverse fleet telematics market.

“This system grants business owners full online visibility of their company’s fleet, for improved operational efficiencies, on the move. Drive enables Ctrack clients to make split-second decisions that reduce costs from the first day of implementation.”

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