How to effectively use technology to improve fleet operations

How to effectively use technology to improve fleet operations

It’s well known that there’s a growing amount of data available now to help fleets make informed decisions about their operations – but unless that data is leveraged properly, improvements can’t be made, and benefits aren’t realized. 

Michael Reimer, VP of product and channel marketing at Decisiv, effectively uses technology to gain further insight into fleet performance and maintenance information, allowing Reimer to make improvements within his organization. “Many fleets use telematics data to enhance routing and scheduling and to monitor and improve driver behavior. Those uses yield real benefits, but integrated diagnostic information can play an even bigger role in improving assets utilization rates.”

Read more on Reimer’s suggestions for “Using telematics to improve fleet utilization” here.

Schedule your free consultation with InSight to discuss how to optimize your fleet operation.

 

InSight Mobile Data Announces New FMCSA ELD Certification for the Samsung Galaxy TAB E

InSight Mobile Data Announces New FMCSA ELD Certification for the Samsung Galaxy TAB E

California, MD (PRUnderground) November 14th, 2017

(CALIFORNIA, MD) – InSight Mobile Data, Inc., a leading provider of Mobile Resource Management (MRM) tools for companies of all sizes, announced today that its StreetEagle ELD solution running on the Samsung Galaxy TAB E is now certified with the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). This announcement is one of many recent statements by InSight Mobile data regarding FMCSA certification of devices for the new federal mandate for ELD compliance.

The Samsung Galaxy TAB E is an ideal BYOD solution for compliance.

Drivers who need to comply with the FMCSA’s ELD mandate need to use technology that will stand up to the demands of the job at hand. Driver engagement is directly associated with the ease of use and reliability of both software and hardware. For that reason, many ELD providers – including InSight Mobile Data – focus on providing ELD software that runs on purpose-built, ruggedized tablets that meet the needs of the transportation industry.

Today, nearly 75 percent of mobile phone subscribers in the U.S. own smartphones – which means many commercial drivers have experience with consumer-level devices in their homes. But tablets lead the way over smartphones in logistics. Because most employees have smartphones and tablets for personal use and are comfortable with them, a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) solution is compelling for many fleets. And with the large 8” display and Verizon LTE connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy TAB E is the perfect BYOD choice to help fleets improve workflow efficiencies and drive results.

“We think our SE Utility and SE Compliance Tablets are great solutions for meeting the needs of fleets that need to comply with the FMCSA ELD mandate,” said Doug Hawley, InSight COO. “However, a lot of our customers use the Samsung TAB E for other business applications. We needed to develop a high quality solution for fleets that had their own devices, or who wanted to manage the hardware used by drivers themselves. The Samsung Galaxy TAB E is a great choice for that type of implementation.”

The FMCSA certified StreetEagle ELD software running on the Samsung TAB E is identical to the software that runs on the SE Utility and Compliance Tablets from InSight Mobile Data and includes Fuel Management, IFTA data and the ability to add other, customer-sourced business applications. To comply with FMCSA rules, the tablet connects directly to the under-dash hardware that connects to the ECM for collecting, interpreting and populating the HoS and DVIR data.

An “All-In-One” Samsung Galaxy TAB E ruggedized solution

Whether behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler or a different type of heavy-duty vehicle, devices used by drivers need to be durable over the long term. Consumer grade devices like the Samsung Galaxy TAB E may have a competitive (up-front) cost of acquisition, but commercial grade, purpose-built devices have the advantage of having a reduced total cost of ownership over life of the product. And in a recent study conducted by Peerless Research Group (PRG), ruggedness, durability and uptime were the top factors taken into account when assessing devices for use in transportation applications. InSight Mobile Data has addressed these factors by providing a ruggedized docking station and mounting solution designed specifically for the Samsung TAB E.

“Our customers came to us with their Samsung TAB E devices in hand and asked us how they could make them work for ELD,” said Chris Eller, Director of Product Development for InSight. “So our hardware engineers worked with our suppliers to develop a mounting solution that would both ‘ruggedize’ the tablet and make all the connections in the vehicle to the ECM while keeping it charged throughout the business day. Now, we can offer an all-in-one ELD solution even when the customer wants to bring their own Samsung Galaxy TAB E to the party.”

About InSight Mobile Data

InSight Mobile Data develops innovative, flexible fleet management, asset tracking and mobility solutions that provide real-time visibility into the mobile work environment. For nearly 20 years, InSight has remained independently operated and employee-owned to preserve a uniquely close and collaborative relationship with our customers, designing customized solutions to meet specific business needs. Our StreetEagle® solutions platform provides the ability to capture, analyze and integrate mission-critical data from ALL mobile assets – vehicles, equipment and workers – in one fully configurable and user-friendly platform. www.insightmobiledata.com

InSight Mobile Data Announces New FMCSA ELD Certification for the StreetEagle Compliance Tablet

InSight Mobile Data Announces New FMCSA ELD Certification for the StreetEagle Compliance Tablet

California, MD (PRUnderground) November 7th, 2017

(CALIFORNIA, MD) – InSight Mobile Data, Inc., a leading provider of Mobile Resource Management (MRM) tools for companies of all sizes, announced today that its StreetEagle ELD solution running on the SE Compliance Tablet is now certified with the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). This announcement comes on the heels of the recent FMCSA certification of their flagship SE Utility Tablet for ELD compliance.

The SE Compliance Tablet is an all-in-one, plug-and-play lower cost solution for compliance.

The latest solution from InSight takes simplicity to a new level: the ECM connection, telematics device and rugged 7” input tablet is installed in the vehicle cab as one, complete unit. This makes device selection and installation easy and straight-forward.n

“We introduced our SE Utility Tablet last year in response to our customers who needed help with deploying mobility solutions – Mobile Time Keeping, Dispatch, Custom Forms, Messaging, and, most recently ELD” said Doug Hawley, InSight COO. “But many of our customers asked for something more basic, designed specifically to meet the FMCSA ELD requirements – and oh, by the way, at a lower price point. The Compliance tablet is an ideal product and service to meet this demand.”

Like the SE Utility Tablet, the solution is “all-in-one,” complete with a built-in connection to the vehicle’s ECM, software to collect, interpret and populate the HoS and DVIR data required and a ruggedized 7” tablet with the same StreetEagle ELD software for drivers to manage their daily activities. The hardware configuration is complete with a cradle (with connections for both data and power), a Verizon data plan, mounting system and protective case. The FMCSA certified StreetEagle ELD software is identical to the software that runs on the SE Utility Tablet and on Android BYOD devices and includes Fuel Management, IFTA data and more – all for one low monthly fee.

StreetEagle ELD is built for drivers with a driver-friendly interface designed to make life easier in many work situations, both in the cab while driving and out of the cab for DVIR. Compliance is made easy with audible and on-screen notifications for available driving hours, breaks and DVIR requirements along with the added benefits of fuel management, automated IFTA data collection, industry-specific Rule sets and a version for Spanish speaking workers. Back at the office, the solution provides a comprehensive backend system for Fleet Managers, Safety Managers and Dispatchers including: real-time views of individual driver HoS statuses, multiple alerts for identifying potential violations and a full suite of compliance specific reports.

“We knew that we had a lot of customers that needed a simple solution just for compliance,” said Chris Eller, Director of Product Development for InSight. “Our engineering team built just what they asked for with the Compliance Tablet. It meets all the FMSCA technical requirements for ELD, has a few nice bells and whistles for drivers and fleet managers alike, and it is a breeze to deploy.”

About InSight Mobile Data

InSight Mobile Data develops innovative, flexible fleet management, asset tracking and mobility solutions that provide real-time visibility into the mobile work environment. For nearly 20 years, InSight has remained independently operated and employee-owned to preserve a uniquely close and collaborative relationship with our customers, designing customized solutions to meet specific business needs. Our StreetEagle® solutions platform provides the ability to capture, analyze and integrate mission-critical data from ALL mobile assets – vehicles, equipment and workers – in one fully configurable and user-friendly platform. www.insightmobiledata.com

InSight Mobile Data Announces FMCSA ELD Certification for the StreetEagle Utility Tablet

InSight Mobile Data Announces FMCSA ELD Certification for the StreetEagle Utility Tablet

California, MD (PRUnderground) November 1st, 2017

(CALIFORNIA, MD) – InSight Mobile Data, Inc., a leading provider of Mobile Resource Management (MRM) tools for companies of all sizes, announced today that its StreetEagle ELD solution running on the SE Utility Tablet is now certified with the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). A provider of AOBRD (Automatic On-Board Recording Device) solutions for many years, InSight has completed the product development and testing necessary to meet all the technical and functional specifications for the more stringent ELD (Electronic Logging Device) requirements.

The solution is “all-in-one,” complete with a device connected to the vehicle’s ECM, software to collect, interpret and populate the HoS and DVIR data required and a ruggedized 8” tablet with user-friendly software for drivers to manage their daily activities. The package includes a docking station for both data and power connections, a Verizon data plan, MDM (mobile device management), mounting system and protective case in addition to a complete suite of software (StreetEagle ELD, MRM, Fuel Management, IFTA and more) – all for one monthly fee.

“Our experience providing AOBRD solutions for years has taught us a few things,” said Doug Hawley, InSight’s COO. “The ELD mandate, although a long time in coming, has presented many new challenges for our customers. We’ve found that by taking a lot of questions off the table – like what type of device is best for drivers, what size data plan is required and how to best manage the whole transition – we help make a difficult situation a little easier.”

StreetEagle ELD is built for drivers. The app has a driver-friendly interface and works seamlessly with a wide variety of other applications designed to make life easier in many work situations, both in and out of the cab. Using StreetEagle ELD, all the guesswork is taken out of compliance – drivers are prompted with audible and on-screen notifications of available driving hours, breaks and DVIR requirements. And StreetEagle ELD goes beyond the FMCSA mandate by including a fuel management system, automated IFTA data collection, industry-specific Rule sets and a version for Spanish speaking workers.

The solution also provides a comprehensive backend system for Fleet Managers, Safety Managers and Dispatchers including: real-time views of individual driver HoS statuses, multiple alerts for identifying potential violations and a full suite of compliance specific reports. In addition to meeting the requirements for compliance, the system includes a complete set of telematics capabilities including: vehicle analytics, driver behavior monitoring, geofencing with configurable alerts, real-time fleet status board, custom reporting and dashboards, as well as many third-party integrations to help companies with fleets run a safer, more efficient operation.

The StreetEagle Utility Tablet is rugged and reliable – a complete mobile work solution fully deployed and supported by InSight. It is the perfect platform for companies with fleets that need to comply with the FMCSA mandate for ELD and want flexibility to grow with a device that will last in rough, mobile environments for years to come.

“When our team of engineers tackled the job of upgrading our AOBRD software to meet the FMCSA’s ELD mandate, we wanted to make it as user-friendly and as flexible as possible” said Chris Eller, Director of Product Development for InSight. “Although the software will run on any Android device, our customers have found that having a “purpose-built” device makes it easier on everyone involved – the driver, the fleet/safety manager and our support team.”

About InSight Mobile Data

InSight Mobile Data develops innovative, flexible fleet management, asset tracking and mobility solutions that provide real-time visibility into the mobile work environment. For nearly 20 years, InSight has remained independently operated and employee-owned to preserve a uniquely close and collaborative relationship with our customers, designing customized solutions to meet specific business needs. Our StreetEagle® solutions platform provides the ability to capture, analyze and integrate mission-critical data from ALL mobile assets – vehicles, equipment and workers – in one fully configurable and user-friendly platform. www.insightmobiledata.com

Panel discussion concludes that “wait and see” time for ELD compliance has passed

Panel discussion concludes that “wait and see” time for ELD compliance has passed

 

When panelists met at the FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis last week, some warnings were sounded for those who haven’t yet complied with the FMCSA’s ELD mandate – specifically regarding issues like driver retention, customer expectations, and device availability.

 

Carrier Safety Consultant Annette Sandberg spoke to key concerns regarding the compliance deadline. Now that all legislation challenges for postponement of the mandate have been denied, carriers who have deferred implementation are scrambling to comply – which is creating device availability concerns for both carriers and providers. Additionally, the FMCSA’s requirement for providers to self-certify and register their ELD, has allowed non-compliant devices to flood the market and unfortunately carriers are finding this out the hard way – post installation.

 

One of the panelists (Steve Wuttke of Prime Inc.) said that “along with selecting and installing compliant devices, there’s also an education process that takes time and money… and then there’s the driver turnover that’s going to follow. There’s going to be a huge learning curve. It just won’t happen overnight.”

 

Read more about the panel’s discussion of the coming challenges for “ELD footdraggers” here.

Schedule your free consultation with InSight to discuss solutions for ELD compliance.

 

The Same Form You’re Used to, Just Mobile

The Same Form You’re Used to, Just Mobile

Paper is an industry standard, no matter what business you’re in. Construction in particular has a high turnover rate, which guarantees a constant influx of forms and paperwork that has to be filled out, mailed, scanned, faxed, and filed.

Inertia keeps companies dependent on existing paper-based systems, even though those systems may now be outdated. Plus, each piece of paper circulating in a construction environment costs the business 7.2 cents. Considering every form for every worker every day, it adds up fast.

But it doesn’t have to be this way, thanks to an increasingly connected mobile workforce. Living in the digital age means freedom from all that paper clutter. By converting paperwork into digital files, you are not only saving space, but time and money as well. The best news: your process doesn’t have to change.

 

InSight Mobile Data Regional Sales Manager Tom Saraceno explains how companies can implement digital forms for their workforce—without interrupting existing processes

The First Step: Digitize Job Cost Tracking

The most expensive part of any job is the people. If you’re hesitant to go completely paperless right away, a good place to start would be to digitize forms for keeping track of work hours.

Workers have a tendency to go from job to job—they dig the hole at Job A, and now have to go pour concrete at Job B—and also can switch from a skilled labor job to an unskilled job on the same worksite, so the job code has to change on the worksheet. Another element that has to be tracked is the change from standard wage to prevailing wage. On paper, this can quickly become complicated—increasing the risk of error.

By digitizing those forms, workers can keep track of this information on site using a phone or tablet. To make the transition as easy as possible, the StreetEagle platform can create custom forms that look exactly like the existing paperwork that everyone is used to, so user-adoption and utilization of mobile forms is very straightforward.

Share Information Seamlessly and in Real-Time

With a paper-based system, forms get sent back and forth, costing time and money on both sides of every transaction. In the past, mobile workers needed access to a scanner or fax machine to send documents electronically—and the outcome on the other side might still need to be manually entered in other systems.

Going mobile eliminates the time lag and cost associated with paperwork. Workers in the field can capture information with a phone or tablet and transmit it back to the office in real time—or receive digital updates at the job site. Taking advantage of mobile technology provides universal visibility and can streamline operations at work sites and in the office.

Eliminate Paper, Eliminate Error

Everyone is familiar with how one small, human error can be responsible for great confusion in an office environment. A worker in the back room is always chasing someone down about a form, struggling with indiscernible handwriting, or tracking down missing information.

It’s a constant battle embedded in the paper environment that can be addressed with the simple addition of digital forms to your workflow. By adopting a paperless strategy, many sources of human error are eliminated, along with a lot of headaches.

Go Paperless With InSight’s Flexible All-In-One Platform

Going paperless isn’t just for saving the environment. The digitization of paper forms in your construction company can save you time, money, and the stress associated with constantly organizing and filing paperwork. InSight Mobile Data’s StreetEagle platform offers a turn-key, drop-in replacement: take a piece of paper you’re using today and put it on your smart phone to start using tomorrow.

With StreetEagle, transitioning to a digital system is a seamless process that does not interrupt the familiar forms and processes already in place. Now you can have all the forms you’re accustomed to using, right at your fingertips on a mobile device. For more information about how this all-in-one platform can help your company adopt a paperless forms strategy, contact InSight Mobile Data today.