GPS Fleet Tracking Software & Solutions | Samsara (2023)

What is GPS fleet tracking software and how does it work?

GPS fleet tracking software is one of the more popular types of tracking systems available to businesses and consumers today. Put simply, a GPS tracker is a device that uses the Global Positioning System to determine and track the location of its carrier (typically a vehicle or person). This enables location data to be collected and displayed on a map which can then be used to locate something. Fleet tracking software can help fleet managers gain real-time visibility into their operations and driver behavior, while increasing driver satisfaction, decreasing fuel consumption, and idling through predictive analytics and accurate reporting. Read more.

Is Samsara ELD compliant?

Samsara's electronic logging device is an FMCSA-registered ELD that connects directly to a vehicle's engine through the OBD port. Live data is transmitted to the ELD so there is always an accurate log of when the engine is on and what speed the vehicle is traveling, as well as diagnostic information, such as engine fault codes, and safety information, such as instances of harsh braking or acceleration. Read more.

How is your solution different from other providers?

Samsara is the pioneer of the Connected Operations Cloud, which allows businesses and organizations that depend on physical operations to harness IoT data to develop actionable business insights and improve their operations. Samsara’s solution is made up of proprietary easy to deploy hardware and modern easy to implement cloud software. With Samsara, you can consolidate all your telematics tools into one unified platform so you can seamlessly switch between compliance, safety Dash Cams, vehicle maintenance, dispatch, and more.

When broad line food distributor Cash-Wa Distributing was looking for a telematics solution, they considered eight different providers before ultimately selecting Samsara. A driving factor in their decision? The fact that Samsara could accomplish what would have otherwise required multiple vendors. Read more.

How will my drivers react to being tracked?

Telematics is one of the most effective technologies for improving fleet efficiency. Though drivers can be skeptical initially, location tracking provides significant improvements for a driver’s day-to-day workload. They need to provide fewerstatus check-ins and updates from the road. And, with proximity search, they can protect themselves from false claims ofdelays. Upfront transparency is key to maintaining driver engagement and minimizing resistance to new technology.

Companies who want to limit tracking during driver personal time can do so with the Samsara Privacy Button. The Privacy Button is an easy-to-use accessory that allows drivers to turn location and GPS tracking on and off when conducting personal activities. When pushed, the button immediately turns off all location tracking from the vehicle.

While change management can be challenging for some when it comes to tracking, Samsara has carefully considered data protection in order to help ensure personal data is processed in accordance with its legal requirements. Data is therefore processed in a transparent way and is retained only as is necessary, with appropriate safeguards in place to secure and protect it. Read more.

My existing GPS fleet tracking devices are on 3G, what are my options? Do you offer 3G/4G support?

The 3G sunset would mean a loss of connection to GPS receivers, impeding access to driving data via your telematics devices. Fleets with vehicle tracking devices using a 3G network will need to upgrade their devices to 4G in order to maintain business continuity. What does this mean for fleets with 3G telematics hardware?

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If any/all of your devices are on 3G, here’s what you should do:

  • Confirm with your telematics provider which of your installed devices are 3G or 4G LTE.

  • If you do indeed have devices running on 3G, talk to your provider to understand your upgrade plans and options, to minimize disruptions to your telematics services.

  • Evaluate your options closely, and determine if the time and costs involved in migrating to 4G hardware with your current provider will yield the best outcome for your business. The 3G sunset could be an opportunity to switch providers and improve your entire fleet tracking technology. Many 4G providers like Samsara, have attractive offers for companies upgrading their 3G telematics technology and can offer contract buy-outs for those who are eligible.

  • If you have not yet invested in a telematics solution, ensure that the telematics provider you're inquiring about is offering you devices that run on 4G LTE.

The 3G sunset is a great opportunity to improve your entire fleet operations. Samsara devices are high-speed 4G LTE devices, with a built-in WiFi hotspot for laptops and mobile devices. By connecting to Samsara’s telematics technology, you can transform your operations with the Samsara Connected Operations Cloud and immediately improve your entire fleet’s efficiency and increase productivity. Read more.

What are the advantages of a telematics solution for fleet managers and drivers?

Managing a fleet of vehicles, trailers, assets, and equipment can be challenging, no matter the fleet size. That's why over 75% of fleet managers rely on fleet tracking software or vehicle telematics to help support day-to-day operations in at least some of their vehicles, according to data from Government Fleet’s annual benchmarking survey.

For Fleet Managers, some of the benefits of a fleet management solution include:

  • Increased efficiency

  • Reduced operational costs

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  • Optimized vehicle performance

  • Automated workflows

  • Streamlined compliance

For Drivers, fleet management software helps reduce unnecessary hassles. Some of their benefits include:

How much does a telematics solution cost? Will it save me money?

Fleets are always looking for ways to save money, and investing in technology can seem counterintuitive. However, investing in the right technology can actually save money in the long run. In fact, there are a lot of operational levers that a telematics solution can pull to deliver substantial ROI to an organization.

Samsara offers a streamlined license structure for all products and makes it easy for customers to deploy and ensure that users have access to the latest technology over the long term. Samsara is committed to providing simple pricing, rapid return on investment, and a low total cost of ownership. Telematics pricing generally works on a per-vehicle/per-month or annual basis. While there is no doubt that our pricing is competitive, when looking at investing in a telematics solution it’s important to evaluate the value that comes with that price. Understanding what is included, alongside what is not included and the cost of that delta is key. For example, are there additional fees for WiFi, driver workflow or Dash Cams, integrations and APIs, onboarding and training, or does your purchase require an installation partner, which translates to additional fees? Also, consider the future state of your investment, will you receive future technology advancements free of charge? or will you be expected to pay for updates?

Samsara customers receive:

  • An all-in-one fleet management platform so that everyone from the field to the back office operates on the same real-time data.

  • Easy to deploy plug-and-play hardware, intuitive, modern design, cloud-hosted software.

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  • Exceptional onboarding, dedicated implementation services, expert-led training, and responsive 24/7 US-based support.

  • Continuous product innovation, over-the-air updates, and included firmware upgrades at no additional cost.

  • Free hardware is included with most licenses to connect your operations to Samsara’s cloud, including AI dash cams, telematics gateways, and more.

  • Complimentary periodic hardware upgrades, to ensure your technology stays current.

  • Industry-leading hardware warranty and support as long as you maintain your license.

No matter the needs, industry, or size of your organization, we are dedicated to providing great service and innovative solutions to ensure you’re prepared for the future. Read more.

How can we improve driver safety or asset utilization with Samsara?

Samsara goes far beyond GPS tracking software and consolidates all your telematics and safety tools into one unified Connected Operation Platform so you can seamlessly switch between compliance, safety Dash Cams, vehicle maintenance, dispatch, across your vehicles, assets, equipment, and sites.

Some of the things you can expect with Samsara:

  • Extended visibility into fleet tracking location to improve route performance and provide better service for the end customer.

  • Data to analyze, monitor, and manage fleet efficiency, driver behavior and increase fleet productivity

  • Geofence to automatically get notified when assets arrive and leave specific locations, or when abnormal activity occurs.

  • Advanced fuel and vehicle diagnostics to surface opportunities to improve the bottom line. Automate preventative vehicle maintenance, reduce downtime, and identify fuel consumption, idling, and reduce overall fuel costs.

  • Improve utilization, detention, and monitor sensitive loads with door, cargo, temperature, and humidity sensors.

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  • Equipment monitoring and asset tracking to identify what is being underutilized and make data part of the procurement planning process.

  • Data-driven driver coaching and incentivization

  • Safety Dash Cams and compliance monitoring

  • Video monitoring tied to specific drivers and their location 10) Liability prevention and insurance benefits. Read more.

What is the hardware warranty?

Samsara is proud to deliver industry-leading hardware reliability. We stand behind our products and are excited to extend our warranty coverage. Your hardware is covered under warranty as long as you have a valid license—no matter how long you’ve had it.

This enhanced warranty applies to both new customers and the 1 million devices we’ve connected to date. Read more.

Is it easy to install and set up?

Implementing a new technology solution, like a fleet management platform, can be a big undertaking. A smooth rollout will not only set an organization up for long-term success but also yield immediate results. The sooner the hardware installation is complete, the sooner a fleet can get on the road and drive revenue, meaning a lower total cost of ownership.

Samsara’s hardware is built to be easy to install, with no additional tools or partners needed. The process takes only a few minutes, and for fleets with hundreds or thousands of vehicles, Samsara offers an installer experience in the Samsara Fleet mobile app on android and iOS. The mobile installer experience offers:

  • A scaled approach to installation that uses the convenience and flexibility of a mobile experience to reduce installation time.

  • Built-in self-validation to ensure proper installation before deploying in the field, right in the palm of your hand.

  • Workflows designed to enable outside support if third-party installers are involved.

“With the installer experience, installation time went from 30 minutes to 10,” said Bryan DaParma, President of Hometown Medical Transportation. Read more.

FAQs

What is GPS fleet tracking? ›

Fleet tracking is a management system that uses GPS tracking to monitor the activity of fleet vehicles and assets (e.g., workers, equipment). It is often referred to as vehicle tracking or AVL.

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