GPS tracking in various industries, such as manufacturing, mobile asset tracking, and logistics, has tremendous growth. For example, GPS tracking in the transportation industry has helped customers’ service delivery to be tracked. In this article, we have explored five ways GPS tracking is being applied across disciplines.
1. Shipping Industry
The shipping industry is one of the most popular industries that use GPS tracking devices to monitor and manage freight deliveries. When a package arrives at your office, it’s often unclear where it came from or what its history may have been. All you need to know is that the giant box is yours, and you need to sign for it before passing it on. But when something gets lost in transit, there’s no way of knowing who was supposed to receive the item or where precisely in the chain of delivery something got lost, or even how valuable the contents are. An emerging trend in asset tracking through GPS tagging offers significant benefits to consumers and businesses alike. Businesses can minimize their operational expenses while also increasing customer satisfaction by using electronic tags for shipping their freight.
2. E-Commerce Industry
E-commerce companies have widely adopted electronic tagging. Companies such as Amazon use electronic tagging to track the items bought by consumers via their online shopping portal. The tracking is done with a handheld bar code scanner, and professionals in the logistics industry scan the freight tag with a barcode reader or laser when packages are delivered. Electronic tags can also be used for shipping, allowing businesses to keep tabs on each item from its point of origin to its final destination, like this package recently sent through UPS. With electronic tagging, retailers can easily identify theft and locate lost packages effectively. They also benefit from customized shipment notifications for customer service-related issues.
3. Livestock Industry
Farmers also use GPS tracking extensively for their livestock. By attaching tags to each cow, farmers can track the location of their cattle and can take appropriate actions when the cows stray into unsafe territory. This helps farmers save a lot of money by eliminating unnecessary search operations. GPS technology can assist farmers in making more informed decisions about where they should relocate or sell their cattle based on real-time information regarding weather conditions, pastures, and potential buyers.
4. Construction Industry
The construction industry includes all building projects designed to provide roads, bridges, dams, and buildings for people. All these structures require heavy machinery that often needs maintenance before moving them to another site or repairing any problems they might have at any given location. Tracking these heavy machinery and other equipment is easy if they are fitted with GPS tracking devices. These devices allow the company to track its assets in real-time, especially for construction companies with vast fleets like earth-moving machines that need constant maintenance and repair work.
5. Maritime Industry
The maritime industry involves shipping cargo, passengers, or vehicles across water bodies to reach a destination port where they go on land using a ship or boat. The maritime industry keeps growing every year as many people depend on it to transport goods, whether food items or raw materials from one country to another, fishing, etc. GPS tracking, in this case, helps aid the efficiency of these operations so that information can be transmitted to the ships easier. This also helps in emergencies where, e.g., maritime vessels that have been hijacked can be tracked easily, and a rescue operation can be launched with ease, as they know exactly where the vessel is at all times.
GPS tracking has become a must-have for people involved in delivery services. It is also beneficial for farmers, retailers, and other businesses that deal with items and assets that require constant monitoring during transport.
As of today, GPS tracking devices are available at affordable price points, which means almost anyone can afford them. This makes it easier to obtain the necessary information regarding their assets without doing much work beyond simply installing the device on each item they wish to track effectively.
With such a wide range of benefits, there is no doubt that GPS technology will continue to be an integral part of the logistics industry and many other industries across the globe as time progresses.