In the transportation industry, sending your precious cargo and vehicles far away from base is an everyday occurrence. But when your investments are not in your sight, how can you be sure they are protected from misuse, both digitally and physically? Whether you ship cargo or passengers, your GPS telematics technology can help ensure that your fleet and its cargo arrive at their destinations safely. Here are 3 ways GPS can protect your assets against physical and digital threats.
In Kerala, India, a woman named Revathi Roy started a company called She-Taxi, in which female taxi drivers shuttle female passengers to their destinations. This company promotes safety by using cameras that monitor the driver and the passenger’s behavior to ensure the wellbeing of both. Cameras provide incentive for individuals to be on their best behavior and collect a backlog of video data to be referenced in case a threatening incident occurs. When combined with GPS vehicle tracking technology, law enforcement is able to paint a clear picture of liability in the event that a safety incident does occur.
Modern GPS fleet systems are generally equipped with devices that monitor different aspects of vehicle use. For example, accelerometers provide information regarding speed, and gyroscopes can be used to track and maintain wheel orientation. In the event of an accident where liability is unclear, access to this data can be crucial to uncovering the truth of which driver was at fault. This information can also be extremely beneficial for companies wanting to maintain their insurance rates, which have a tendency to spike after traffic accidents.
One of the easiest ways you can protect your data is by monitoring who has access to it. Say your company dawdles when removing access codes after a necessary employee layoff. This leisurely deletion can lead to digital vulnerabilities. Disgruntled former employees can use their company information to interrupt your business process, potentially causing you to lose money and time. Mismanagement of information is also a contributing factor in data leakage. Providing access on a need-only basis can prevent any lapse in security due to human error. By allowing your GPS tracking devices to monitor who accesses what information when, you can get alerts if your devices are accessed by an unauthorized user, or if any were tampered with.
Considering the above, many fleet managers should familiarize themselves with the various security features a GPS system can offer. With an up-to-date GPS system, your business can improve the safety and security of your company, and protect both your business data and your fleet investments.