KNOWLEDGE BASE: MRM FAQ

What is Mobile Resource Management?

What is Mobile Resource Management?

Mobile Resource Management (MRM), is a term that was coined to encompass the tracking of a wide assortment of mobile assets, as opposed to just vehicles. The term is often used interchangeably with AVL, or Automatic Vehicle Location, which is a common all-purpose term that describes the tracking of vehicles and other high-value assets, such as laptops and other costly equipment.

MRM Requirements

A successful MRM solution requires multiple components. The five fundamental components include:

  • Hardware
  • Connectivity
  • Data Interoperability Server
  • GIS Data
  • Decision-Making viewing and reporting Software

The five components above work together to form a complete MRM solution.  At CompassCom, we offer the most GPS capable hardware currently on the market, and we can work with the wireless carrier of your choice. We also have options for 2-way radios, Wi-Fi and satellite. Our unique CompassLDE server compiles data simultaneously to allow for real-time analysis. Our solution works with ESRI ArcGIS 10, and we offer a number of decision-making software tools, including CompassTrac 6, CompassWorks and CompassReports.

Businesses that Benefit from MRM

Any company or organization that has vehicles or other valuable assets can benefit greatly from MRM. It is especially useful for transport companies, public works, public safety, utility companies, commercial snow plowing businesses and any other business that has a vehicle fleet and other high-value mobile assets including as laptops, trailers, and generators.

MRM is a valuable investment for businesses and organizations of all sizes. It is commonly used by many government entities to show accountability, efficiency and ensure public safety. MRM is also necessary for companies of all sizes that provide deliveries or other field services. For any business or organization with assets or personnel in the field, the benefits of MRM greatly outweigh the cost of the investment.

Benefits of MRM

While the most obvious benefit of MRM is being able to know where your vehicles and other resources are at all times, it doesn’t stop there. In fact, there are several benefits of investing in MRM for your business or organization. From increasing productivity to reducing costs and boosting your revenue, MRM is a worthwhile investment for any business or organization with mobile assets.

In general, MRM allows you to increase the efficiency of your workforce and the safety of your employees by managing costs and increasing accountability. The top reasons for using mobile resource management include:

  • Improving customer service
  • Improving the productivity of your fleet and mobile workforce
  • Improving safety for your staff
  • Obtaining fleet history in a standard database which allows you to produce meaningful reports
  • Decreasing fuel costs by determining better routes and monitoring vehicle idle time

When you choose CompassCom for your mobile resource monitoring needs, you will also enjoy additional benefits. We provide flexible hardware options so that you can find the one that best suits your needs. We can also help you integrate our MRM with other applications, and you will have the option to install our solution on-premise inside your network or have us host the solution for you through CompassWorks. When you choose us for all of your MRM needs, you can have MRM your way, and it will be completely customized to suit your needs. Our MRM solutions are also reliable.

MRM utilizes a combination of technology, hardware, and software to tell you more than just where an asset is located at a specified time. In recent years, it has become possible to manage costs and personnel through real-time monitoring of important data, such as:

  • Fuel consumption
  • Actual routes
  • Consumption of materials like de-icing chemicals, sand, etc.
  • Personnel activity in the field

With this valuable information in hand, business owners and managers can reduce costs and confidently meet a variety of requirements. TThis also allows managers to mitigate risk and decrease insurance costs by knowing immediately when problems arise.

At CompassCom, we are mobile resource management specialists. Since 1994, we have been at the forefront of providing advanced MRM and AVL solutions to businesses, organizations, government entities and more. We have access to all of the best hardware and software on the market, and we are global leaders in the MRM industry.

Whether you have a small business with just a few mobile assets or a large corporation responsible for a vast number of vehicles and a large field staff, we can help you create a customized MRM solution that will suit your needs.

CAN YOUR BUSINESS BENEFIT FROM MOBILE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT?

Since the launch of mobile broadband networks more than 10 years ago, the MRM, or mobile resource management, the market has exploded. Currently, there are more than 400,000 companies in the United States alone that use MRM and AVL, or automatic vehicle location, systems to keep track of vehicles and other valuable assets that are taken into the field, including machinery, laptops, tablets, and other valuable assets. By 2017, it is predicted that the MRM market will see a huge increase. Currently, there are approximately 7.4 million MRM units in use; and by 2017, that number is expected to reach 10.5 million.

When you think of MRM and AVL, things like trucking companies and maybe public transportation probably come to mind, but these powerful tools can be used in so many other industries. In fact, any business or organization that has any assets used in the field can benefit from MRM and AVL technology.

WHAT ARE THE ADDITIONAL BENEFITS OF MRM AND AVL

If you have a business of any size with company vehicles or any other types of mobile assets, investing in a comprehensive MRM or AVL solution is a wise decision. In addition to the obvious benefit of allowing you to see in real time where your most valuable assets are; MRM and AVL cut costs and improve safety. Some specific benefits include:

  • Decreased insurance rates – Many insurance companies offer discounts to companies that use MRM to keep track of vehicles and other high-value insured items like electronics and construction equipment.
  • Improved employee safety – With an MRM or AVL solution in place, you can pinpoint exactly where your employees are at all times. This means that in the event of an accident or other emergencies, you know exactly where to send emergency crews to help.
  • Decreased fuel costs – Gas prices killing your bottom line? With MRM and AVL, you can see all of your fleet vehicles on a map and detect potential costly issues like having multiple areas in the same area at the same time. You can also keep track of how long your drivers spend idling and see if they stray from their planned route. It’s also possible to implement speed tracking technology so you can see if a driver’s lead foot is causing excessive fuel consumption.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN MARKETS THAT MRM CAN BE VALUABLE?

Public Safety

Ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars can, and should, all be outfitted with a tracking device. When a dispatcher is able to determine exactly where a particular unit is located, s/he can make an informed decision to dispatch the unit that is closest to the emergency, saving precious minutes, and in many cases, lives.

Government Entities

AVL is commonly used to keep track of government vehicles and mobile assets that could hold important and confidential information, such as laptops.

Energy and Utility Companies

In addition to using MRM and AVL to keep track of company vehicles and dispatch crews quickly and efficiently, it can also be used to improve employee safety and decrease costs. MRM allows dispatchers to determine the most cost-effective routes and monitor idle times and unapproved stops.

Construction

Construction companies and road crews have thousands, sometimes millions, of dollars’ worth of heavy equipment. With MRM and AVL solutions, it is possible to track not only your primary work trucks, but also other equipment including dozers, excavators, generators, and more. Ruggedized laptops and smartphones can also be tracked, allowing company owners to know where all of their assets are at all times.

Snow Plows

In addition to keeping track of where plow drivers are at all times, MRM can cut costs by tracking the consumption of sand and de-icing agents. This data can help dispatchers determine the best routes to save money and to determine where fewer consumables can be used.

Trucking/Delivery

Whether your company delivers pizzas across town or truckloads of valuable merchandise across the country, investing in MRM is a must. From enhancing employee safety to making sure that your drivers stay on task and don’t take any unapproved detours, MRM and AVL are investments that you cannot put a value on.

At CompassCom, we provide comprehensive MRM and AVL solutions for businesses and organizations of all sizes. Whether you need to track one vehicle or piece of equipment or hundreds, we can create and implement a solution that will perfectly suit your needs. We are MRM and AVL experts, and we pride ourselves on providing excellent fleet management services.

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