Rising fuel costs are driving a trends towards the adoption of GPS (global positioning systems) in mobile workforces – and its saving companies literally millions.

North American Information Technology (IT) decision makers within the transportation, manufacturing and trucking/warehousing industries stated that global positioning system (GPS) technologies are an essential tool for their mobile workforce, according to a recent survey commissioned by Motorola.
GPS-enabled technologies are helping to increase mobile workforce productivity and enabling enterprises to become more efficient via a reduction in annual labour and fuel operating costs.
According to the research study, the main cited benefit in the nearly 50 % of enterprises currently using GPS-enabled technologies was a significant reduction in fuel consumption — which was reflected in a reduction in travel distance by an average of 231.2 miles per week and recording $51 582.00 in annual fuel savings.
With more than a million trucking carriers in the US the potential industry-wide annual fuel savings could reach $53-billion.
The study also revealed enterprises deploying GPS-enabled technologies saved approximately 54 minutes per day – translating into an annual recouped labour savings of $5 484.00 per employee or $5.4-million per surveyed enterprise.
In addition to the cost savings, locationing applications were credited with improving the organisation of employee routes, giving companies the ability to know precisely where their employees are at any given time and allowing them to examine routing scenarios before implementation.
Surveyed enterprises indicated GPS solutions enable the mobile workforce to spend less time in traffic or finding routes, while increasing the amount of time spent with new or existing customers. In fact, when asked why they would consider investing in GPS or other new technologies those surveyed cited customer service as the number one priority.
The survey identified other key applications – navigation for improved on-time performance and route optimization.  Navigation and route optimisation are responding to the difficulties field mobility workers often have locating new stops during the course of their shift and streamlining deliveries.
"Field mobility workers in the transportation and trucking industry are experiencing difficulties such as locating stops, reducing fuel expense and improving on time performance resulting in a drain on financial and manpower resources of their organization," says Jim Hilton, director of field mobility, Motorola Enterprise Mobility business.
"With nearly 200 000 mobile computers with integrated GPS shipped in recent years, Motorola continues to address the industry pain points which were identified in our research through field mobility solutions that enable our customers to do their jobs more efficiently and drive measurable business results."