June 2015

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commercial carrier journal | june 2015 39 The MyRoehl mobile app was released 18 months ago to keep drivers con- nected with company information inside and outside of their trucks. Today, more than 80 percent of Roehl's drivers actively use the app. "From a driver perspective, it is a great mobile platform," Paape said. "We are replicating everything we do on our in-cab units." Drivers can submit paperwork, access pay information and monitor performance metrics that impact their future pay increases. Drivers also can use a "quick call" feature to contact their fleet manager and anyone else in the leadership chain. "If drivers need something, or if they are not happy, they have a way to reach out," he said. They also can sub- mit feedback about the app for Roehl to incorporate into future releases. Roehl continues to pursue new gamification features to enable drivers to compare their performance metrics against company goals and the rest of the fleet in a real-time format – similar to a fantasy football approach. AIM NationaLease drivers and lease customers now can use an app to submit electronic inspection forms, and the company is planning to do "a lot more" with mobile, Reed said. Its lease business has 5,000 tractors and 4,000 trailers, and its AIM Integrated Logistics division operates dedicated fleets for various customers. Transport America soon will be launching its own mobile app to extend some features of its in-cab computing platform to drivers' personal devices. "Drivers are used to having devices all the time," Benusa said. "They ex- pect to press 'Go' and be told where to fuel and where to take a break. We see technology as being one of the solutions to the driver shortage by keeping them connected to their pay, their lifestyle and their homes." Another priority is providing a mobility infrastructure to drivers, Benusa said. Transport America has basic Wi-Fi services at all company terminals, but the challenge is to "keep it beefy enough to keep drivers satisfied," he said. Perhaps the biggest challenge of enhancing mobility for drivers is protect- ing their off-duty time, the panelists agreed. Mobile apps enable drivers to work whenever and wherever they want, and like any other professional, they will be tempted to work after hours, even if it's something as simple and quick as sending a message to a fleet manager while in the sleeper berth. "How do you protect that true rest break period?" Paape asked. "As you go mobile, how do you protect yourself legally?" AAron Huff is Senior Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. E-mail or call (801) 754-4296. "This is the year of the driver." – Tom Benusa, CIO, Transport America InTeresTed In TruckIng Technology? Scan the barcode or go to to subscribe to the CCJ Technology Weekly e-mail newsletter. J anam Technologies, a provider of rugged mobile computers that scan barcodes and communicate wirelessly, launched the XG3, a gun-shaped light- weight industrial- grade device built to increase productivity, streamline operations and improve the bot- tom line. The XG3 is en- gineered to survive multiple 6-foot drops to concrete across a full spectrum of temperatures and is sealed to IP65 standards for use in wet and dirty environments. A standard 5200mAh hot- swappable Li-ion battery is designed for uninterrupted operation. – Aaron Huff O mnicomm, a developer and manufac- turer of fuel consumption monitoring equipment and telematics systems for fleet management needs, released a mobile ap- plication for its Omnicomm Online cloud service. The application runs on iOS and Android platforms and is available on App Store and Google Play. The app's reports include: • Report on the location of transport, which allows users to display information concerning one vehicle and to handle multicast requests, determining the loca- tion of several vehicles at the same time; • Report on the movement of a vehicle over a given time period, which shows events such as refills, drains and stops; and • Statistics report, which provides general data on distance covered, amount of fuel consumed, average speed and other parameters. – Aaron Huff Janam unveils XG3 rugged mobile computer Janam's Xg3 gun- shaped rugged mobile computer offers a sleek design and enhanced performance specs. Omnicomm creates fleet management app

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