Two posts last week introduced the topic of Location-Based Services (LBS) and an earlier post this week explained Geofencing—which is a common LBS feature. Another common LBS feature is breadcrumbing, but what is it?
Breadcrumbing uses a GPS-enabled device to collect historical location data including route, speed, direction, stops and stop duration at specified time intervals. This data is presented on a map as a “breadcrumb trail” of position markers. This data can be used to improve field performance, increase fleet safety and give managers an enhanced view of field activity.
So what are some of the uses and benefits of breadcrumbing?
- Breadcrumbing can reduce fuel and maintenance costs, increase productivity, improve safety and increase awareness of field activity that can improve overall customer service.
- By recording driving speed, businesses can deter speeding and gain valuable documentation in case of accidents or insurance disputes.
- Improve field performance by acting as a “supervisor in the field,” protecting against unapproved routes, excessive work breaks and unauthorized stops.
- Control off-hours use of vehicles.
- Accurate and automatic audit trail that can be compared to time and attendance records to verify actual worker time on duty.
- Route optimization plans the most efficient routes and “breadcrumbing” provides confirmation that they were followed.
- Breadcrumbing provides data such as travel times between stops, slowdown areas and wait times. By basing calculations on actual, accurate data from the field, route optimization systems can create “real-world” routes that reduce miles driven, improve utilization of fleet equipment and raise mobile worker productivity.