April 2018

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38 commercial carrier journal | april 2018 technology • Help Inc. announced a partnership with the Washington State Department of Transporta- tion that allows PrePass customers to bypass weigh stations that are part of WSDOT's Norpass system. The extended service adds 23 locations within Washington, Alaska, Connect- icut, Idaho, New York and South Dakota. • Lytx announced that its video telematics and safety systems were selected by Walmart for its private fleet; and Chattanooga, Tenn.-based truckload carrier U.S. Xpress Enterprises (CCJ Top 250, No. 16). • EFS, a provider of fleet payment solutions, announced that Frozen Food Express and its parent company, Richland, Miss.-based KLLM Transport Services (CCJ Top 250, No. 35), se- lected its business payments systems. KLLM/ FFE is using EFS' fuel card and SmartFunds payroll technology and its EFS Mastercard for drivers needing to fuel within the EFS truck stop network or use the Mastercard network for nonfuel purchases. • TCG, a provider of cost and profitability management systems, announced that Greeneville, Tenn.-based Forward Air (CCJ Top 250, No. 36) selected its LTL Cost Information System (LTL/CIS) to evaluate profit, lanes and customers in its expedited less-than-truckload division, which operates from over 90 facilities located at or near major U.S. and Canadian airports, 12 regional sort centers and over 300 other locations. • Aperia Technologies announced that Cleveland, Ga.-based Tribe Transportation is installing the Halo Tire Inflation System across its fleet to help reduce downtime, maximize tire life and reduce fuel consumption through automatic tire pressure management. • 3Gtms, a provider of transportation man- agement software, announced that Bonded Logistics, a Charlotte, N.C.-based third-par- ty logistics provider, selected its 3G-TM TMS to further integrate its warehousing, contract packaging and transportation ser- vices and enhance its single-source supply chain offering. • Descartes Systems Group, a provider of technologies designed to unite logistics-in- tensive businesses in commerce, announced that MedSpeed, a provider of healthcare intra-company logistics, selected its technolo- gy platform to help manage and enhance its customer service levels. MedSpeed's national logistics network includes more than 100 distribution points in 29 states and more than 1,000 logistics service representatives. INBRIEF SmartDrive updates video safety system S martDrive Systems, a provider of video- based safety technology, launched its next-generation SmartDrive Transportation Intelligence Platform and SR4 hardware. e company said the latest iteration de- livers new driving performance insights and analytics intelligence by fusing data from all systems, all sensors and the operating environment. Unlike other camera systems that are increasing in size as computer vision capabilities are added, the SR4 hardware is built to deliver the computing power required for computer vision, advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving applications in a smaller and more flexible footprint. Steve Mitgang, chief executive of SmartDrive, said that with the release of SR4, his company is leading a technology convergence of vehicle telematics and OEM and third-party ADAS technologies and mobile fleet management systems. Mitgang said fleets can reduce costs and get a "single source of truth" for all their driver and vehicle performance information. – Aaron Huff Verizon Connect creates Workforce V erizon Connect introduced Workforce, which the company described as a "one-stop" system for operations and fleet managers to plan, monitor, dispatch and capture data from the field and communi- cate with customers. "Operations and fleet managers want one place where they can find every- thing they need to be able to monitor and adjust work plans throughout the day without compromising productivity," said Mark Wallin, vice president of product management for Verizon Connect. "Workforce provides a simplified approach to mobile workforce management that gives customers easy access to the actionable data that can help drive operational efficiencies and cost savings." Workforce is available in three plans: Essential, Enhanced and Ultimate. e Workforce Essential plan allows customers to assign and dispatch work, capture field data via digital forms and monitor productivity through planned vs. actual (PVA) reporting. e Enhanced and Ultimate plans have enhancements for intelligent dispatch, which allows customers to dispatch work more easily while considering neces- sary business constraints, licensing requirements and commercial navigation; estimated times of arrival that enable businesses to provide up-to-the-minute driver ETAs to their customers; and strategic planning to help businesses make the best use of their vehicles and field workers. – Aaron Huff Verizon Connect's Workforce is designed for managers to capture data from the field and communicate with customers. SmartDrive's SR4 hardware is built to deliver the computing power required for multiple systems in a smaller footprint.

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