Installation can be a time-consuming and complicated process, which is why the decision to install GPS Fleet Tracking using either an internal resource or a professional third-party installation team is so important. There are pros and cons to each side, and factors that should influence your decision include the size and location of the vehicle fleet, your company’s internal resources, and the project implementation schedule. For example, a third-party installation is highly recommended for enterprise-size customers (100+ units), whereas a customer with fewer units might be well-served doing a self-installation.
Pros and Cons
Here are some pros and cons to consider for each situation.
Which is More Costly?
Consider the following scenario. A customer opted to perform a self-install for a 1,000 vehicle fleet. The customer underestimated the task of managing such a large scale project and overestimated their internal resources to do so. It was discovered that 580 of the 1,000 units were installed incorrectly; over half of the vehicles had to be retouched to troubleshoot and fix. Aside from the cost of repair, there was also the cost of managing/scheduling the repair process and opportunity lost from the vehicles being out of operation for a second time. The initial cost of the installation was lower at the beginning, but the work required and time spent to fix incorrectly installed units actually made the self-installation more expensive in the long run.
|Installation Type||Description||Total Cost|
|Self Installation||Including initial base cost, troubleshooting costs, and partial re-installation of devices reporting incorrectly by a qualified third-party installer.||$112,600|
|Professional Installation||Total may vary based on number of install locations, client vehicle/asset availability, accessories and other miscellaneous fees.||$100,000|