A recent analysis of the electronic reports produced by TRACKERs fleet management system, TRACKER Reporter, has revealed the true usage patterns for this type of technology. It is firmly centred on the basic fleet management needs of knowing the details of a vehicle journey, its destination and how long it was on the road.

In total 84 per cent of all downloads comprised just four types of report. The most popular proved to be the Travel Report, which offers a day-to-day breakdown of all journeys made, including start and stop times, distance travelled and length of time the vehicle had stopped at a location. The report also offered an indication of the cost of using the vehicle for the time specified.

The second most requested intelligence was the Activity Report. This enabled fleet managers to access more detailed information, such as start and stop times, speed and location data at timed intervals; this report proved popular for fleet managers who require further data analysis as the information can be exported into other applications including Microsoft Excel.

Time Sheets giving a one-week breakdown of the first time the vehicle started, the last time it stopped, the hours travelled, the distance travelled also proved useful, offering managers accurate information about vehicle usage and working times.

The Address Travel Report was also popular for those managers requiring travel report data based on postcodes.

Parita Patel, TRACKERs marketing manager, commented: The vehicle tracking industry has mushroomed in the past five years, and this has encouraged companies to develop and promote more and more information features, but our data show that what most commercial fleet managers want is a no frills basic management information package they can trust.

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