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Mobile Worker Solution To Public Sector Cost Reduction

As the bleak economic picture continues with tougher times likely to be still ahead, town hall councils and local authorities will be struggling to maintain the most cost efficient transportation departments as possible under the deepest budget cuts, and still plan for effective measures to deal with another possible severe winter ahead.

In addition, staggering rises in fuel prices will topload daily running costs and eat up barely sufficient budgets, creating a real urgency to find and operate real workflow solutions in an effort to keep key social services functioning in the community they serve.

It has become common practice for local authorities and public sector organisations to implement fleet tracking or mobile workforce tracking, which will not only reduce costs as a proven technology but is also a regulatory Duty Of Care measure. As a result, many council procurement officers who recognised commercial vehicle tracking systems as an industry standard tool across private fleet businesses instigated fleet gps tracking to play a vital role as an integrated operational tool within their own public sector transport departments.

A vehicle fleet tracking system now forms an indispensable part of daily scheduling in key authority areas of responsibility including, building or pest control, waste management, refuse collection, cleansing or environmental services and parking enforcement.

In addition, the importance of a mobile worker solution, deployed strategically across both urban and rural environments, and where vital community services need to be always in operation, is critical for independent social services home visits, where mobile phone tracking can be invaluable. Another area of crucial operation is the emergency services, where a realtime vehicle tracking device is essential at all times.

Coping with the ever increasing severity of winter conditions, a specifically engineered winter maintenance system, which links with a standard vehicle tracking device provides local council and private contractor managers with advanced reports and greater, direct control of gritting fleets. Vehicle deployment in time sensitive response to changing weather conditions can be based on clear, measurable, detailed management information of flow rates, salt usage, and time/date history recording.

Planning for an extended tough economic climate ahead, there is, undoubtedly, considerable benefits to local authorities and public sector contractors for installing live vehicle tracking technology. Not only is there set into place compliance with Service Level Agreements (SLA's), key industry regulations, enhanced security and workforce duty of care, there is also much needed, invaluable mobile asset tracking management of vehicle location, route planning, availability and maintenance scheduling alerts.