Written by BSM, a Geotab Company
on November 15, 2018

When looking into a Fleet tracking solution it is important to consider your environment to ensure the solution you go with is built to handle your daily operations. Whether your vehicles’ are plowing the streets in -40 C weather, doing lawn maintenance in the summer, or service deliveries all year round you need a rugged yet flexible GPS Tracking and Fleet Management solution to meet your business needs.

Here are a few things you should keep in mind when looking at Fleet Tracking in Canada:

1. Experience

When selecting a GPS Tracking solution provider you’re going to want to make sure they have experience providing solutions to clients that operate in similar conditions as yours. You might want to ask the provider to supply a customer reference in Canada that you can contact to help answer any questions you may have and ask about their experiences in implementing a like solution.

2. Hardware Durability for Fleet Tracking in Canada

Given the varying temperatures and climate conditions in Canada you’re going to need hardware that is rugged and durable. Here are a few things to look out for:

  • GPS Tracking devices should be able to last in the field for a minimum of 3 years. In fact, we still have some clients using their original hardware purchased over 7 years ago! Talk about durability!
  • Make sure to check the specifications of both the operating and storage temperatures of the tracking device. A good temperature range for Fleet Tracking in Canada typically ranges from -30C to +75C while operating and -40C to +85C while storing the unit.
  • Some vendors insist that the antenna needs to be mounted on the outside of the vehicle so that it has a clear view to the sky. This is a myth. In fact, this is what you don’t want to do. Installing an antenna on the outside of a vehicle can expose it to harsh weather conditions and debris which can easily cause damage to the antenna. Once the antenna is damaged, your GPS tracking unit will stop functioning causing loss of valuable data.

3. Seasonal Work

Do you only operate 6 months out of the year? Many GPS tracking providers have standard contract offerings making you pay the full monthly service fees even when you are not using your equipment. When selecting a provider make sure they can offer you flexible seasonal rates to accommodate your operations.

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