Why truck-based GPS falls short for production hauling

GPS is a solid and valuable technology that has played a part in changing the world. From the military to finding your way to the mall, GPS is an integral part of our world.

There have been many attempts to use GPS to automate production truck management. At first glance, GPS seems like the obvious solution to track every truck and display their location on a map for contractors.

The pitfall that these solutions run into is hardware management. Using GPS in haul trucks requires that each truck have GPS hardware capabilities at all times. In addition, companies need to record and maintain accurate GPS details for each truck in order to identify them. While this may be feasible for smaller companies with their own small fleet of trucks, what happens when you need to use brokered trucks? Paving contractors often use dozens or even hundreds of different trucks and drivers per month.

With truck-based GPS, costly back office support is necessary to maintain geo-fencing requirements, figure out what trucks are in use, and identify which GPS unit is installed each truck every morning. This saddles plant operators with additional responsibility to make sure each truck is set up properly in the system. In many cases, at the end of a shift or job, personnel also need to make sure equipment is returned in time for the next job.

Multiply this headache across multiple plants and jobs, and companies quickly learn that the management time needed to use GPS hardware in the truck isn't worth it, no matter what the benefit.

How Spot-On Performance Succeeds

SOP's patented solution works every load- every time, and avoids the headache of GPS. By focusing on the plant and current paver locations, SOP does not need to track exactly where each truck is. Using advanced traffic routing and automatic witness points at the plant and paver, SOP always knows the exact status of each truck.

SOP displays calculated ETA times and travel progress bars, so foremen and plant operators know exactly when a truck should arrive. Our unique bounce-back progress bars help all users visualize when a truck is behind schedule at the plant or paver. With automatic load and unload data, SOP also allows users to manage truck sign in and out times and create time reports for invoicing.

SOP's unique dwell time management and reporting allows you to view truck performance without needing to police drivers each day. Our tools allow users to easily identify potential issues over time and decide how to proactively change poor behavior and reward spot-on performance.