For any construction company where machinery is relevant in the execution of their works, efficient fleet management is essential. In the last three years, the Machinery Unit implemented a fleet management system based on GPS technology.
GPS is a satellite positioning system developed by the US Department of Defense, designed to support precise navigation and positioning requirements for military purposes. It is currently an important tool that is used to determine positions in the earth, sea and air.
The GPS allows Meco to obtain valuable data; not only the location of the units, but also their operation, route compliance and security. One of the main achievements is the optimization of the transport routes since the GPS helps us investigate which is the ideal route to minimize costs and times.
Thanks to this, we can offer lower rates to our internal customer so that he can compete with the current market. On some routes, we have reduced downtime by up to 35% by better handling of the shipments and discharges.
GPS allows us to generate important alerts for the safety of the operator and the equipment. When the vehicle stops for more than five minutes or takes a route that is not the one that has been established, a monitoring operator calls the driver to see if he is well or what is the reason for the detour or stop. In case of theft, the system allows us to turn off the vehicle remotely.
Another advantage of the GPS system is that it allows controlling the excess speed and generates an alarm when the vehicle exceeds the established limits. In such cases the collaborator gets a call, to remind him of the importance of maintaining a safe speed, and at the same time an automatic email is generated to the fleet administrator.
In 2016, Constructora Meco launched the Regional Monitoring Center, located in Costa Rica. From this center, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia and Costa Rica are monitored.
Each country has a technician and an administrator who is responsible for the generation of indicators and reports for fleet administrators.
“Although this project has been around for several years, it is still under development. Our challenge for 2017 is to manage man and machine hours with the help of this system. In addition, we are already working on the control of preventive maintenance thorugh GPS”, said Frank Ulloa, Corporate Manager of Machinery.