Fleet Control could be a Game Changer at
Ken Nagy, CFA
The Fleet Control Bundle is
comprehensive solution for the Transportation & Distribution
market delivering Department of Transportation Compliance, real
time fleet visibility, automated Federal tax reporting,
push-to-talk communication between drivers and dispatchers,
complete chain of custody visibility and package condition image
The bundle combines Airclic Proof of Delivery, Xata Turnpike Hours
of Service and Inspection application and Grapevine Push-to-Talk
service with DecisionPoint's Professional Services and support.
Together, the applications allow dispatchers unparallel
communications and oversight capabilities, including the ability to
examine individual driver performance and vehicle data. All
this, while providing automation that driver's need.
The Airclic Proof of Delivery software offers a complete chain of
The application allows all packages to be scanned onto and off of
the truck, signatures to be collected and damaged packages to be
photographed, ensuring accurate and complete delivery through the
use of a rugged Motorola Smartphone.
Through, time, date and GPS stamps, the application ensures
delivery documentation and other paperwork is properly completed
and filed. What's more, if a package is damaged, the damage
can be recorded through the smartphone camera.
The Xata Turnpike Hours of Service and Inspection application
collects information automatically and electronically speeding the
process as drivers move through roadside inspection stations.
Through an on board recorder, engine diagnostics and GPS data is
collected and blue toothed to the Motorola Smartphone. All of this
information is stored on the device and easily viewable by the
driver and roadside inspectors and is posted to a secure website
via the Verizon wireless network.
Additionally, the application eases monthly IFTA tax reporting
burdens by automating IFTA reporting through complete detailed
reports showing where fuel was burned so that IFTA can distribute
the taxes appropriately.
What's more, the software tracks hours of service and supports
FMCSA log compliance.
The Grapevine Push-to-Talk solution offers a number of key features
including a private and secure network with voice encryption;
scalability that allows communication with thousands of individuals
and group participants at once; voice history where the user can
replay previous conversations; interoperability anywhere in the
world across all WWAN, and Wi-Fi networks at the same time
(including over different carriers); and is an SaaS managed service
requiring no hardware or overhead.
DecisionPoint has been attempting to leverage this latest trend of
customized solutions and support by deepening its relationship with
major wireless carriers through the launching of co-branded
products that would combine DecisionPoint's new products and
technology (such as Grapevine, Proof of Delivery and Mobile Device
Management) with some of the major mobile provider's other products
This recent business strategy by DecisionPoint, is expected to
increase ROI by generating high margin products with recurring
revenue while lowering costs and risk.
DecisionPoint's working with Verizon's Transportation &
Distribution Vertical Market team to design and deliver the Fleet
Control bundle is proof that this business strategy may be starting
to bear fruit.
Still, it is important to note that while Verizon owns the trade
marked Fleet Control name, DecisionPoint is the exclusive solution
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