Top 10 Vehicle Tracking Providers
You have probably read our other articles on fleet tracking and vehicle tracking and now want to know the all important cost. Well steady on, there are many different providers out there, all with vastly different functionality, prices and customer service.
The advice is to first of all shop around. Not shop around for the cheapest vehicle tracking system, that is likely to not give you the best experience of fleet tracking systems. Instead focus on price, how much you’re getting for that price (quantity of features) and what other people say about the company (quality).
We have compiled a step by step guide of what to look for and the top 10 vehicle tracking device providers in our opinion after comparing vehicle tracking solutions.
There is also another option, but we will get to that right at the end.
What to look for?
As an absolute minimum you will want a vehicle tracking system to do 3 basic functions. Realtime route tracking, route mapping and traffic updates. If a provider offers you packages without these features or less than these features, then ask how much it is with them added on or look elsewhere.
These are the 3 basic components of any vehicle tracking system.
So that’s the minimum quantity of features taken care of. Now cost. Well, if you’re leasing then you may find that this is a tax deductible expense (check local tax rules) so this might be appealing. In our experience though, even top vehicle tracking leasing packages should not exceed £25 per vehicle per month. You should budget around £15-£20 per vehicle per month and try and get as many features in that budget with a well-respected provider.
If you are buying the equipment outright then you can expect to pay up to around £350 per vehicle, with some lower end equipment being as cheap as £150 per vehicle. If you have a sizable fleet this is going to be considerable outlay and is unlikely to be tax deductible. Getting the best equipment on a fleet of 50 vehicles is a cool £17,500. Bear that in mind when deciding to lease or buy.
Last but not least is quality. So, we will introduce you to our top 10 vehicle tracking providers now.
Our recommended fleet tracking providers
There are 5 main providers of vehicle tracking systems, and then there are an additional 5 that we have included because they are worth a look at as well!
Compare Vehicle and Fleet tracking providers
The top 5 are in no particular order.
One of the simpler providers offering vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions through its own software “Fleetmatics Reveal”. They are used widely across fleets both domestically and in the US. With a simple and interactive system that even the most out of touch transport managers can get their heads around Fleetmatics excels at getting the basic information you need at a great value cost. The bundles are fully customisable, so you can arrange your fleet tracking system to have the features you need and do away with the ones you don’t. We like Fleetmatics’ straightforward approach. Combined with their user popularity they make the to 5 easily.
Masternaut works to pile on as many useful features as possible and helps transport managers isolate problems as the fleet is rolling. They are also the largest and most popular vehicle tracking system provider in the UK. Not quite as smart as the Movolytics tech, Masternaut focus instead on providing you with the tools and information to join the dots yourself. They also have an innovative driver leaderboard system whereby your drivers can compete to be the most fuel efficient, productive etc. This feature has actually been shown to improve driver safety and reduce fuel consumption so perhaps Masternaut realised they needn’t tell your drivers they are at fault, instead they incentivise them to do what they always could do.
Another inhouse developer, Quartix aims to integrate their tech with other great pieces of software. Quartix seamlessly integrates with Google Maps and offers the same features as Fleetmatics. They are perhaps the easiest of the big 5 to use and they are certainly one of the cheapest. If you are looking to lease a vehicle tracking solution and want a reputable but cheap provider then Quartix will likely be the one that comes in under the £15 per vehicle per month price budget we mentioned earlier. Bargain!
In 2015 two very large and reputable companies merged to form TeletracNavman. They then launched their cloud based gps vehicle tracking software a slightly sinister sounding “DIRECTOR” which gives a wealth of features. Like Novolytics and Masternaut, TeletracNavman gives you all of the information about your vehicles that you could possibly want. They are all about promoting their industry leading reputation and have notable clients singing their praises, BMW, Virgin and Domino’s to name a few. If you want the system that all the big boys are using, then TeletrecNavman is probably the one for you. They aren’t fantastically competitive on price so bear that in mind when costing up.
Movolytics use their inhouse developed software “movoGO” to record all of the data you could possibly want. Packages include vehicle tracking, fleet management software, fuel management and driver safety software. Not only does it give you all of this information but it draws smart tech conclusions from its own data. By taking fuel management figures and correlating it with the driver safety data it can tell you where your drivers need to improve to be more fuel efficient. If you’re fastidious about fuel and pride yourself on making that diesel go that extra mile the Movolytics is your best bet. They are extremely accurate with their fuel data and the software pinpoints all the areas to improve to reduce your fuel expenditure. It is a little more complex to use than other simpler platforms but if you want a system that more than pays for itself then look no further.
Other vehicle tracking providers…
Now finally, our 5 admirable mentions. As mentioned earlier it really is best to formulate your own opinion of a company and also figure out if the features and price match up to your expectations. With that in mind 5 other companies to do our window shopping with are ramTracking, Greenroad, CrystalBall, AMS and Chameleon. All have very sound offerings and great pricing to match so it would be foolish to just shop around the top 5. Our top 5 were selected purely for innovative ideas or practicality, but other providers all have their own unique points that may just be right up your street.
We also said there was another way, you can buy vehicle tracking equipment yourself. We briefly outlined the cost of purchasing, and also mentioned it may not be tax deductible (always check with your local tax office) but buying the equipment and installing it can save you a fortune in the long run. Say you equip each vehicle at the cost of £350 compared to a £20 a month lease it would only take 3 years before you are better off having purchased the equipment compared to a lease. Remember though, buying doesn’t make your equipment time proof, the tech will be updated significantly over several years so keep that in mind.