June 2021 Monthly Update

Good day Astreon clients and partners! We at Astreon hope you are all keeping healthy, happy and safe and that business is going well for you this year.  On that note, can you believe 2021 is half over?  Thankfully, we’ve had some great warm weather this year to enjoy the outdoors.

This month brings some nice user interface and reports design tweaks and the launch of a new video management portal within Astreon.  Users of our add-on applications will benefit from feature enhancements there.

As always, we never stop improving Astreon and partner applications. Read on for full details.

Astreon New Features and Enhancements

New Video Monitoring & Reporting

This new video management section with Astreon and partner applications was added to provide better support to resellers who use Howen and other non-StreaMax camera systems.

Video monitoring

The release of the new video module has dramatically changed the work with MDVR devices and video files. Now it is easier for partners to connect end-users to the video monitoring service since they no longer need to deploy servers between devices and Astreon and integrate each model into the system. End-users have received new useful features: the ability to request a video for 24 hours, save video files and receive reports with an attached video.

New solution architecture

First, now it’s our responsibility to configure servers for video monitoring. The new video module no longer requires intermediate servers – the whole process of converting a video stream from an MDVR now takes place on the AWS servers that our team is responsible for.

Secondly, the specialists of the hardware department integrate video devices into the new video module themselves. Now it is much easier for the partner to connect video monitoring – all that they need to do is to install and activate the equipment.

Separate Video tab

All the video monitoring features are now collected in a separate Video tab.

separate video tab

It contains a video player and tools for working with video streaming and video files for units (a user can save, delete, filter them, and so on) on which an MDVR is installed. A user does not need to open different tabs and windows for each unit, everything is in one place now.

Live video and video playback

Our new video monitoring allows you to connect to online video from a unit with an installed MDVR right from the Video tab.

Regarding video playback (in Astreon it can be a video for 24 hours): a user connects to a recorded video in the same Video tab by choosing a unit, MDVR, and time interval.

Saving video files

A user can save video files:

  • manually while watching a recorded video. To do this, it is enough to choose a file up to 60 seconds long, click the Save to files icon and choose a relevant tag making it easier to find the file in the future;
  • automatically while setting up notifications. A new Save video as a file function has appeared in the notification parameters. A user specifies the total duration of the file and the duration of a time interval before and after the event. As soon as the event is triggered, Astreon automatically saves the video fragment on the server.

Video files in reports

In the new video module, video files are linked to the events that triggered their saving. When a user sees that an event has occurred with the unit (fuel theft, speeding, and so on) in reports, they will be able to immediately view the attached video file.

Want to offer video monitoring to your customers? Find out how to get started with the new video module in our blog.

Reports

Choosing a unit group in the Geofence table

When creating a report on geofences and a group of geofences, we added the ability to select not only a single unit but a unit group.

Now when a user creates a new unit, the user no longer needs to manually edit the report template. All that the user needs to do is to add a unit to the unit group, and our system will automatically generate a report on the whole group.

Hecterra

Specifying a crop quickly

This month, we added the following features;

  • Edit the sowing date: Previously, the default date was January 1 of the current year, but now a user can select any date themselves.
  • Indicate the harvesting date: A user can now do this on the Field page, without using the properties for the selected field.

For example, if a user planted several fields with one crop, they will be able to enter this information , and indicate the sowing date with the estimated harvesting date in a single action so that a user can complete this task much faster than before.

To do this, a user needs to set up the following;

  1. On the Fields page: click on the leaf icon in the row in the list or in the field menu on the map
  2. After selecting the crop, indicate the sowing (required) and harvesting (optional) dates and save the option

If a user works with several fields, a user needs to select the fields and then click on the leaf icon to indicate the crop, the sowing and harvesting dates.

Hecterra - Specifying a crop

Updating the top menu

We added the following subitems under the Catalogues navigation tab: Crops, Operations, Implements, and Consumables.

The top bar now has fewer tabs so it’s easier to find the other tabs.

Hecterra - Updating the top menu

Fleetrun

Making the dashboard customizable

On the dashboard page, you can see some blocks: Services, Intervals, Cost, Units, and so on. This dashboard gives you quick visual insight into your fleets. Now you can customize your dashboard and add/delete blocks. To delete, a user just needs to click the three vertical dots on the right of the calendar and remove the unused blocks from the opening window.

fleetrun - dashboard customization

Some of the blocks, for example, Services and Units, can be resized manually by pulling the lower right corner of the section. Blocks can also be moved in any order to assemble a page that is optimal for a user.

A user can also disable the indicators they don’t need in those blocks:

  • Cost: by clicking on the icon in the upper right corner, you can deactivate the Services and fuel checkbox selected by default and leave only Services or only Fuel;
  • Total cost of services: by clicking on the icon Units, Drivers, or Trailers, a user turns off the indicators for these items. The total cost is then recalculated in the Total column, and the graph displays the data minus the deactivated items.

Graph updating

Total cost of services

We changed the “Total cost of services” graph on the dashboard and unit page to keep fleet expenses data for a certain time period visible by adding the following features;

  • a Total field with the total amount of the fleet services expenses for the selected period;
  • a field with the total amount of expenses per 1km for the selected period;
  • a field with the total amount of expenses per engine hour for the selected period.

The period is set in the calendar on the Dashboard and on the unit page.

Fleet metrics/Unit metrics

For easier estimation and calculation, we have added the fleet metrics graph on the dashboard and to the similar Unit metrics graph on the unit page. Now a user can check the vehicle mileage in kilometers or engine hours for the selected period, and the information will be displayed in the Total field.

A new Total cost of fuel graph

In order to see the fuel costs for the entire fleet and an individual unit, a new “Total cost of fuel” graph has been added on the dashboard and on the unit page. It helps users compare the expenses in the different time periods.

Logistics

Moving orders on the map

This month we’ve added a huge feature which will save dispatchers a lot of time.  You can now move orders on the map from one route to another, simply by clicking and changing the route.

The Move button was added to the order cards in the upper right corner. A user just needs to click on the button and select the route on the map to which the order will be transferred. The new order automatically changes the route, while the app assigns a position number to it.

dispatch Moving orders on the map

The improved “Take into account the location of units”‎ option

If the “Take into account the location of units” option is enabled when creating a route, the route from the unit to the first point is displayed on the map. In addition, the estimated arrival time and the distance from the unit to the first point are calculated and displayed in the table.

The Route cost column

The column of Route cost has been added to reports on routes and to reports on routes and orders. This can be insightful data to simplify expenses planning. The column shows the route cost values that are calculated during the optimization if the corresponding parameters are indicated in the settings in the Route cost calculation section.

New notification window design

With the improved design of the notifications window, it is now easier to see relevant information in the window. The following items have been improved;

  • The window size has become larger;
  • Updated the style of the pop-up notifications about errors and completed actions;
  • Improved display of unread messages;
  • All notifications can be marked as read;
  • The Show button is added for simpler navigation.

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Why you need to integrate Last Mile Delivery with your Fleet Management Software

E-commerce industry is booming as consumer buying behaviors have changed to largely online. Today, consumers expect cheap, free and fast delivery and this is becoming the standard in the e-commerce space. In order to meet consumer expectations and move past competitors, companies need to find a way to improve delivery efficiency but maintain their margins when funding their shipping logistics.

The most important part they need to improve is their last mile delivery process. Last mile delivery is where most logistics companies have the most room for improvement, mostly lacking tools or services that cater to these needs.

What is Last Mile Delivery?

Last Mile Delivery refers to the last leg of a journey of the delivery process when a package is moved from a transportation hub to its final destination, which is usually end-users.

This is the most crucial step in the delivery process because customers expect fast and free delivery, and this demand increases constantly in e-commerce as competitors constantly push these boundaries to maintain competitiveness. The faster and more efficient the last mile delivery process is, the more you can improve customer satisfaction which will ultimately boost sales.

What is the biggest challenge with last mile deliveries?

Have you had a package “out for delivery” but you felt it took forever, even spanning multiple days? That means the last mile delivery process is inefficient or inaccurate and the consumer suffers, not knowing when their package will arrive, driving unnecessary calls into call centres, and driving up frustration levels in consumers.

According to the report from EFT (eye for transport), customers are expecting the following services;

customer demands logistics

In order to meet those customers’ demands, companies have to find a way to improve the last mile delivery process. However, there are the last mile delivery problems for companies.

challenges with last mile delivery

Last mile delivery is both the most expensive and time-consuming part of the shipping process. Last mile shipping can account for 53% of a shipment’s total costs but this number is increasing as supply chain inefficiencies are becoming more costly (INSIDER). At this point, companies have to implement new technologies and improvement of the delivery process.

Technology solutions to improve last mile delivery

How can companies provide customers’ expected demands, such as next-day delivery, free shipping and full visibility?

Having an effective fleet management tool is a solid place to start.

Astreon’s Logistics Solution is a fully-featured and integrated module to manage tasks, pickups, drop-offs, destinations for all order management business needs. Planning, recurring tasks, routing, two-way communication, and a feature-packed mobile app are all included in this effective operating management tool.

Astreon’s Logistics Solution is the best way to improve last mile delivery process and efficiency.

Here are 6 ways Astreon’s Logistics Solution can solve your biggest last mile delivery challenges;

 

 

1, Delivery route planning

Your driver has to follow a route to deliver. Your driver could have multiple stops with few drop-offs in total, or face the congestion of traffic and in both cases, a lot of time and gas can be spent a lot.

With Astreon’s Logistics Solution, it optimizes delivery routes automatically considering time, location, vehicle type, traffic to recommend efficient routes. It monitors vehicles in real-time so any updates on traffic that could affect these routes are sent to drivers in real-time with new optimized routes and ETA. It also provides an option to visually compare planned and actual routes both being shown on the map so a dispatcher can decide the most efficient routes under a variety of situations.

logistics - Delivery route planning

 

 

2, Delivery process monitoring

A dispatcher needs to monitor all delivery processes to make sure all deliveries are completed and respond to any emergencies.

Astreon’s Logistics Solution enables dispatchers to track the delivery process in real-time and respond to emerging issues through phone calls or chatting with the driver so that they can act on any situation quickly and accurately.

 

 

3, Effective communication

Communication between dispatchers and drivers are important to make all delivery process fast and efficient.

With Astreon’s Logistics Solution, drivers can communicate with their dispatchers and notify them of any circumstances considering delivery via a feature-packed mobile app. It also allows drivers to add a comment and take a photo to let dispatchers know their delivery completion.

 

 

4, Customer notifications

Customers are not as patient as you expect. Remember, they want free, fast delivery. As the customer demands graphs show, Customers need next day delivery and full visibility. Keeping your customers updated is considered a key to improve customer experience.

Astreon’s Logistics Solution enables you to keep your customers updated by offering not only tracking status but also talking to the driver directly or SMS notifications. Customers will always be notified of the forthcoming delivery and can track couriers via locator links too.

 

 

5, Reports and notifications

Identifying weaknesses before it is becoming critical issues, as well as monitoring KPIs are important to improve last mile delivery process and efficiency. To identify the issues, you need data to analyze.

With Astreon’s Logistics Solution, you can monitor key metrics, such as service time, fuel consumption, mileage, routes and route costs, fulfillment time, delivery interval, estimated departure time, estimated arrival time by teams, drivers, day, week, or even by the hour of the day. You can also download or preview reports. By taking advantage of these insights, you can track your company’s last mile delivery supply chain and find time allocation and possible improvements.

 

 

6, Driver’s Mobile app

Astreon’s Logistics Solution’s mobile app is designed for couriers and delivery drivers. Making your smartphone a fully-fledged working tool is easy – install the app from App Store/Google Play, authorize via the driver’s phone number, and you’re ready to go. Through the app, drivers receive detailed information on orders, as well as their pick up locations and planned routes on the map. All additional details – attached files, clients’ contact data, etc. – are present as well. The inbuilt chat function allows to communicate with an operator through text messages and send images.

During delivery execution, a driver can set order statuses (confirmation/rejection), attach client’s electronic signature or add new photos to order.

 

Astreon Logistics – Dispatch Solution

Our service allows you to perform a wide range of tasks in the area of logistics and delivery – transportation arrangements, delivery route optimization and cost-saving. Astreon’s Logistics – Dispatch Solution comprises a web-version for dispatchers and a mobile application for drivers.

Web version is an effective management tool designed for order placement and editing, distribution processes control, route planning and optimization, delivery progress control, notification on the events on the route, and service configuration.

iOS/Android app for delivery personnel features a user-friendly interface where your couriers and drivers get detailed information on each order, planned routes and sequences of delivery points, a built-in chat for courier-dispatcher communication, and a status-based system for quick updates on the delivery progress.

Need more information? Visit our Logistics page.

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Why geofencing is crucial for fleet managers to save thousands of dollars

What is geofencing?

Many industries use geofencing technology. For example, geofencing is often used for marketing to send a targeted email to customers who are near geofenced areas or ride-sharing services can alert passengers when there is a driver in their area. Geofencing is also useful in freight and logistics industries.

Geofencing is a virtual border drawn on the map in a fleet management system. These virtual boundaries or areas can be drawn like a single-lane street, shaped size as a whole country, or outstretched as a highway to help fleet managers monitor and manage vehicles. These geofences are used as a trigger for alerts when your vehicle/asset enters/exits in or from the geofenced area. As soon as the GPS tracking detects the movement, it will send a fleet manager an alert. It helps fleet managers to automate and simplify fleet management.

geofence

How does geofencing work?

To leverage geofencing, fleet managers need to create a virtual boundary around a specified location in GPS enabled map-based software application. The geofence will then trigger a response when an authorized device enters/exits that area.

drawing geofence

How does geofencing help fleet managers?

Managing all your company’s vehicles and assets is a primary task for fleet managers but it is much easier if your company uses geofencing.

Utilizing a fleet management system automates the fleet manager’s tasks and creates more manageable operations. Below are the geofencing features fleet managers can benefit from to improve the efficiency and productivity of their valuable fleet assets.

 

Real-time alerts

With geofencing, fleet managers can receive alerts in real-time. When a driver enters/exits to/from the geofenced area, it will send you a notification. This helps fleet managers manage driver’s log time so that you can manage when a driver arrives or departs from the location. It also helps fleet managers monitor the fleet’s fuel and vehicle usage by checking how long a vehicle is outside or inside of the geofenced area.

Efficiency & productivity

Geofence provides you with valuable data and insights: the avg. time delivery duration, downtime, operational cost, fuel expenses and more. You can generate reports which contain various insights, like which vehicles are overutilized and vice versa, which routes are most expensive or efficient, and driver behavior like aggressive driving. These data sets help fleet managers make important business decisions, such as the timing of a worn-out vehicle replacement, frequency of vehicle maintenance, training for drivers, etc.

Communication & safety

Are you using manual confirmation when your driver reaches their destination? With GPS Tracking and Geofencing, you will be able to monitor the real-time location and be alerted when they enter the geofenced area.

Geofencing is the best tool when it comes to safety. As we mentioned earlier, if there are any unauthorized movements from geofenced areas, fleet managers will be notified and be able to monitor where a valuable asset is in real-time. You can prevent theft and act quickly against any unexpected emergencies.

Payroll management

Geofencing is not only tracking vehicles/assets, but also used for payroll management if you pay your drivers on an hourly basis. You can record accurate driver logs by creating geofenced perimeters around your job sites so that fleet management software can start recording the working hours. It gives fleet managers accurate logs of when drivers start/finish working and how long they worked.

This data can be used when your admin calculates payroll. It’s paperless, faster, and more accurate.

Improve customer service

Geofencing can help your company improve customer service by providing them with alerts and keeping them updated. Delivery on the time is a major factor to improve customer service. You can use GPS and geofences to optimize routes for faster delivery. Moreover, it allows fleet managers to ensure that employees are staying on task and meeting delivery objectives by setting alerts. This keeps fleet managers updated on how far your drivers are to their final destination.

Astreon Fleet Management System

Astreon offers the most Comprehensive & Advanced Fleet Management platform available for your Vehicles, Trailers, Machinery and Equipment, with over 2.5 million+ tracked assets globally. Our software is easy to use, fully customizable, and advanced.

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Canada ELD Mandate Update: No ELD penalties until June 2022 – CCMTA

The Canada ELD (Electronic Logging Devices) Mandate will go into effect this week, June 12 but with a “progressive enforcement period. Jurisdictions confirmed that they would delay implementing penalties until next year, June 12, 2022 to elevate education and awareness of the implementation of ELD considering the unprecedented challenges caused by COVID-19 pandemic.

The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators said in a statement that “Jurisdictions plan to support the mandate through a period of progressive enforcement without penalties, including elevated education and awareness, until June 12, 2022.” This period will give industry sufficient time to install certified ELD(Electronic Logging Devices) without penalty until June 12, 2022. However, early implementation measures will be benefits for you to educate your drivers and increase compliance awareness.

However, province and territorial are still responsible for the enforcement, so it is advised that you are aware of provincial or territorial regulations and requirements.

Jurisdictional website or contacts by province are following;

Procuring ELD

Any ELDs you use must be certified devices approved by Transport Canada. Unlike the U.S., Canadian regulations require third-party testing and certification of all ELDs to ensure they comply with federal rules regarding the use of the devices. Approved devices can be found here: https://tc.canada.ca/en/road-transportation/electronic-logging-devices.

 

Astreon

Astreon ELD is a fully certified ELD solution by federal and state regulations as well as Canadian and Mexican regulations. Our solution enables carriers to be fully compliant with the mandate while staying adaptable with client needs and requests. This is the easy-to-use, fully functional ELD solution for your business.

For more information about ELD, visit our ELD page.

Are you ready for the Canadian ELD mandate?

For more information about ELD, visit our ELD page.

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