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Route Planning Solution: Descartes and the MC45 Mobile Computer

Posted June 29, 2015

When managing a mobile workforce, one of the first steps to ensuring success is proper fleet management and route optimization. Expanding your workforce’s potential begins with proper planning for pickups, deliveries and service calls.

Having the right software and mobile device is key to providing the tools to maximize fleet and mobile resource utilization and efficiency. At the end of the day, the right tools will allow you to get the most out your workforce while reducing costs and improving service to your customers.

Descartes Route Planning Software and the MC45 from Zebra form  powerful combination for any mobile workforce aiming for maximal efficiency. Pairing Descartes’ real-time visibility and flexibility with the robust wireless connectivity and data collection capabilities of the MC45 makes for the perfect companion to any mobile workforce.

Descartes Route Optimization Features:

  • Automated Vehicle Location – GPS-based fleet wide visibility in real-time
  • Dispatch – Facilitate new orders, manage exceptions
  • Turn-by-Turn Navigation – Reduce miles driven and maintenance costs
  • Interactive Voice Response – Automated IVR solutions for pick-up/delivery scheduling

MC45 Rugged Mobile Computer Features:

  • Wi-Fi, WWAN, and Bluetooth connectivity options
  • True field durability – IP64 rated
  • Industry-leading 1D scan engine with Adaptive Scan technology
  • 3.2MP Camera
  • Outdoor-viewable 3.2″ screen
  • VoWWAN handset mode with active noise reduction

Driver Vehicle Inspection Reporting for Private Fleets: Pitfalls and Opportunities

Posted March 2, 2015

2015-02-27_1645As time marches on, many of the influences on our businesses change as well. This change alone is a great reason to frequently review your operations and make sure you are employing the very best practices in every facet of your business operations. In a recent research study conducted by Vanson Bourne trucking professionals reported that only 61% of their companies had conducted any type of process re-engineering effort in the previous 12 months. That leaves 39% of transportation operations as a whole (33% of private fleets and 53% of for-hire operations) that have not made a focused effort to innovate and improve their operational processes.

When you contrast that static approach to business against constantly evolving regulatory requirements, you have an obvious disconnect. For example, let’s take a topic like commercial vehicle inspections. All commercial fleets perform them since they are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative1 . Yet, how many companies execute these inspections and reports in a manner that not only improves the fleet’s Vehicle Maintenance BASIC score, but also improves the efficiency of the operation, positively impacting everything from driver performance to customer satisfaction?

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Gammatech T7Q Tablet – Designed for the Most Demanding Applications

Posted November 16, 2012

As tablets become one of the most common computing devices today along with smartphones, many businesses are finding that the consumer grade products are not capable of handling the rigors of real life applications.

While you iPad works well at home and the office, it was never made to handle the rough use outdoors or on the production floor. This is where the new Gammatech T7Q comes to rescue.

A small and lightweight rugged Tablet PC designed to meet the demands of fleet industry professionals. The T7Q has a 7” TFT LCD display with resistive touch screen panel and LED backlighting, an m-SATA SSD  drive and Intel Atom Processor, as well as numerous I/O port options including USB, RS-232, and RJ-45 ports and an integrated 5.0 Megapixel camera at the back of the unit. It is a convenient ultra-portable Tablet PC for use on the move or in an office, and the best choice for special applications such as the fleet management market.

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