In an age where transportation costs escalate year-on-year, the wisest of fleet managers have found ways to cut the costs of transportation by using a vehicle tracking solution. The advantages of using vehicle tracking far outweigh the negatives.
In any form of transportation, an operation needs vehicle and asset tracking to ensure that their goods reach their consumers safely and save costs in fuel consumption. Globaltrack’s aim to make the costs of transportation cheaper in Africa.
With the development of new technologies suited for the NGO community, Globaltrack hopes to achieve this aim by passing tried and tested technologies on to all transporters in Africa, helping them to save costs which will benefit those who need it the most.
World Vision Ghana is a humanitarian and development organisation devoted to providing quality emergency relief, education, health care, economic development, and promotion of justice in Ghana and various countries around the world.
“We have to navigate through war-torn areas and unmapped roads,” said Augustus Bennin, fleet supervisor for World Vision Ghana, “We have a vehicle fleet of around 100 vehicles which needed to be tracked in order to monitor our driver’s safety up until reaching its final destination.”
According to the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) data published in May 2016, road traffic accidents deaths in Ghana reached 5,540 or 2.96% of total deaths in that country. A staggering 74% of road accidents occurred at night, particularly due to unlit roads and poor vehicle lighting.
By only needing to report on a local-level, the NGO opted for Globaltrack’s GSM950 units, which uploads its data through cellular network transmission. This solution also allowed Globaltrack to keep costs down for the NGO, as it does not include the added costs of GPS transmission, a technology better suited for crossborder transportation.
“A foreign aid agency gets very little help from the local government,” said Bennin, “We have to rely on solutions which can save us money in every way possible… This is why we opted for the GSM950 unit… It keeps the costs down, and we didn’t need tracking across the border, so we were able to save”.
Augustus was also informed by Globaltrack’s Senior Installer, Michael Meijer, about Globaltrack’s Fuel Solution with Probe, a solution which actively monitors a fleet’s fuel spends and consumption, and how that solution can help to save thousands of dollars by monitoring the fleet’s fuel consumption.
“We used to measure our fuel before by using a log-book,” said Augustus, who suggested that this left calculation open to human error, “but I had never thought of using electronic technology to do so”.
“I was impressed by the way in which the fuel probe reported, and very quickly realised that live fuel reporting would save me thousands”.
After the installation of the Fuel Solution with Probe, and testing it for two weeks, Augustus had this to say: “Initially, we believed that our consumption was averaging around 35 litres/100 kilometers, but after monitoring using the Globaltrack system, it is actually averaging 30 litres /100 kilometres,”
“This is a difference in fuel consumption which translates to thousands of dollars each month… This improvement is a massive difference”.
Meijer flew all the way to Accra to perform the unique installation, spending almost two weeks there to install the approximately 100 units.
Globaltrack’s user-friendly Webtrack software helped Augustus map out routes through the use of waypoints, and was alerted when their driver would deviate off route or enter a potentially dangerous area.
The units successfully allowed World Vision Ghana to monitor their ever growing fleet, and the savings that they were able to garner from successfully monitoring their fleet’s operations and their fuel spend, meant that they could engage in further expansion.
“Overall, we were very happy with how the entire installation process went”, said Augustus. “The units were installed very quickly and became operational immediately… We had constant contact with Globaltrack’s growth department, who trained us amazingly well to use Webtrack,”
“Once we learned how to draw reports from the software, we could actually see a deep insight as to how our drivers were behaving”.
Their drivers were trained on-site on how to use better driving methods and how Globaltrack’s devices are able to monitor them. Training not only benefited World Vision Ghana’s staff in various departments, but also independent contractors that work with them.
Extremely satisfied with the product implementation, and with how well Globaltrack’s products were performing, the NGO approached Globaltrack to see if Globaltrack could provide a solution for their growing fleet of motorbikes that worked similarly to their current GSM950 units.
Globaltrack’s developed unit, GSM-940, is the expert tool to use in driver training initiatives. By effectively monitoring driving behaviour, drivers can be better trained in healthier driving practices. The unit allows fleet managers to see areas where driver improvement can take place, from harsh acceleration to better route planning, and advise their drivers accordingly.
World Vision Ghana provided the perfect testing ground for the GSM-940 unit to help the NGO track the whereabouts of their growing motorbike fleet at a local-level, ensuring that they remain safe on Ghana’s treacherous roads and unsafe militia filled areas.
Globaltrack offers personal driver training through our expert Growth Department, and the costs for this can be easily incorporated.
Globaltrack aims to use their experiences with World Vision Ghana to implement the solution for all companies that use motorbikes, with all the benefits of standard fleet vehicle tracking which nobody has seen before.