October 2022 Monthly Update

Good day Astreon clients and partners!

In this newsletter, we will introduce the updated functionality of Charts that has gone through some changes over the last few months.

Here is a look at the main changes and how they can help you and your team with updated functionality.

 

New chart features

Charts in Astreon have been transformed to increase efficiency, accelerate work with different datasets and simplify interaction with different elements within charts.

As a result, you can now get an instant 360° view of your daily operations regardless the number of asset in your fleet and as you scale up.

 

Current tools have also been updated and enhanced, as well as new tools have been added that can help you and your team do their work better and faster. Charts within the Messages and Reports tabs have also gone through substantial upgrades.

 

Important: As you probably know, Astreon has charts that are rendered on the server, as well as at the front end/web. These changes only apply to charts rendered at the front end. To take advantage of these changes it is important to ensure that “Render Charts on Serveris disabled (default setting) from within your “User Settings”.

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Messages tab & Reports tab Changes

New toolbar design, tooltips, axes, and other elements 

The interface has changed with a redesign of existing icons, as well as newly added ones.

  • Zoom in/out of a certain area in a chart
    • Helps compare data, see more information about points in the chart
  • Save a chart as a PNG file
  • A cursor line has been added when hovering over the chart
    • Helps to better navigate data sets

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Updated point tracing 

Point tracing has been simplified to more easily identify the correct area on a line in a chart and get the necessary data right away. Once you hover the mouse cursor over it, you get data for all the lines of the displayed charts by default.

The new feature allows you to easily compare the values for different lines when necessary. When the cursor hovers over a line, a visually highlighted block pops out and shows the relevant data.

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Customizing the legend

You can customize the legend and chart items by selecting which lines and/or elements to display or hide. This allows users to create a customized chart that is more relevant to their task/information that they are trying to visualize.

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Comparing data (ruler icon)

The new ruler icon has been implemented to help when trying to compare 2 points within the data set that you are working and better visualize the change from 2 points in time. You would first click on the ruler icon to activate it (and subsequently click it again to deactivate). Once activated, you can now click on an initial spot within the cart (initial value) and then click on a second spot (final value). This will trigger a popup window that will provide a comparison between the two points and information regarding that duration. This provides a quick and simplified way to compare the change in data.

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Reports tabs changes

Easily switching from a chart in Reports to the Messages tab

When you are working with Charts within a report (you must be using a Chart in a report for the following functionality to apply), it is sometimes necessary to check the messages surrounding a specific event to get a more granular view of that event, which in turn can help you to better understand what transpired and get a clearer picture.

Instead of leaving the reports tab, opening the messages tab, and running a new query of messages for that period, you can now jump directly the message of that event directly from the chart within Reports. Simply click on the desired point within the chart in your report, this will open a popup option “Go to messages”. Left clicking on this icon will automatically take you directly to that point within the messages tab, as well load the messages for that period. This makes for a more fluid experience as well as allows you to then jump between both tabs as both sets of data are now open (until you close them off once you are done).

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Scaling charts in two windows within the Reports tab

A simplified method has been added to compare tow different sets of data on your screen while running a chart within your Reports. By clicking on the “Show as a second window” icon, this will display the secondary chart above/below the primary chart you are viewing.

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An additional button “Zoom charts simultaneously” will appear when you have 2 charts selected and displayed to view at the same time. By toggling this on it will allow you to zoom in/out of both charts at the same time (keeping the same zoom level). Toggling this button off will let you zoom in/out of each chart independently.

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Up to six different data types in a report template 

The maximum number of data types in the Y-axis has increased to up to six axes to enable you to compare more types of data in a single chart. This feature also helps you identify patterns and draw better conclusions more easily. You can adjust the borders of the selected area even after you have set the second point.

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FMCSA considering ELD rule revisions

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration(FMCSA) has published a list of ELD mandate changes their goal is to improve the clarity of current regulations on the use of electronic logging devices (ELD’s) and address certain concerns about the technical specifications raised by industry stakeholders. FMCSA seeks industry comments on this public notice by November 15, 2022.

Some of the potential changes could improve ELD functionality and its standards. This will eventually help industries choose the right ELD when shopping for a suitable product.

The potential changes are the followings;

  1. Applicability to Pre-2000 Engines
  2. Addressing ELD Malfunctions
  3. Removal Process
  4. Technical Specifications
  5. ELD Certification

 

ELD Certification

Unlike Canada’s ELD Certification process, FMCSA accepts a self-certification process for ELDs. What is self-certification?

In the U.S., ELD’s are certified by service providers working with manufacturer’s hardware, not the FMCSA. In order to get certified, service providers are required to register their own ELD service, with compatible devices. They self test their ELD devices to meet all technical specifications detailed in the ELD Rules provided by the FMCSA. After they meet all requirements, verified ELDs can be self-certified and registered with FMCSA.

 

This process has been highly criticized. In Canada, an ELD must be certified by a third-party verification agency approved by the government. The third-party evaluates the service provider’s chosen ELD device, or devices, to determine whether they meet all regulatory requirements. In the list published by FMCSA, FMCSA is asking if it should establish a certification process for ELDs here in the U.S., and if so, what a certification process should consist of, and what would be the impact to the industry with existing services in operation today.

If the certification process is implemented, it’s going to be a big change in agency staff, state enforcement personnel, ELD providers, and the industry.

 

Removal process from FMCSA’s list of ELD-certified devices

There are several questions about the process for revoking non-compliant ELD from the list of registered self-certified ELDs.

  • If an ELD provider goes out of business and fails to self-revoke, should FMCSA be able to immediately remove the device from the registered ELD list?

 

  • The ELD rule requires ELD providers to keep their information current. However, the rule does not include a time restriction. Should FMCSA require ELD providers to update their listing within 30 calendar days of any change to their registration information found in section 5.1.1? Additionally, should ELD providers be required to confirm their information on an annual basis? Should an ELD provider’s ELD be removed from the FMCSA list if it fails to confirm or update its listing on an annual basis?

 

  • Providers must respond to the Agency’s written notice of required corrective action within 30 days to remain on the list. Additionally, the provider is given 60 days after the Agency provides a written modification to the notice of proposed removal or notice to affirm the proposed removal. Should FMCSA consider decreasing the 60-day period to 30 days, in order to more timely remove an ELD listing found with non-compliance issues that could adversely impact highway safety?

 

  • Should FMCSA consider any other factors related to a carrier’s continued use of a device that has been removed from the FMCSA list due to a provider’s status (out of business or failure to file an annual registration update)?

 

ELD Technical Specifications

FMCSA is requesting information on the impact of including the following data elements in every message.

  1. Actual odometer
  2. Actual engine hours
  3. Location description
  4. Geo-location
  5. VIN
  6. Power unit
  7. Shipping document number
  8. Trailer number
  9. Driver
  10. Co-driver if there was one
  11. Which driver was driving at the time if there was a co-driver

 

There is also the question about the frequency of intermediate recordings whether they should be more frequent like the quarter hour, half-hour, three-quarter hour, and hour to more efficiently monitor a vehicle over the course of a driver’s cycle.

This question could ease the industry’s administrative struggle. It says that FMCSA should consider allowing a driver to change his or her ELD configuration to exempt status to help reduce the administrative burden noted by the industry.

 

ELD Malfunctions

Currently, drivers are required to document their RODS to switch to paper logs when an ELD malfunctions. The drivers are also required to follow the motor carrier and ELD provider recommendations when a data diagnostic event is logged. Whenever an ELD fails to record a driver’s hours, enforcement personnel must be able to review the driver’s paper logs. In contrast, when an ELD device malfunctions, but continues to record the driver’s hours accurately, the driver should not switch to paper logs. FMCSA is asking for more clarification surrounding this topic as it can be very confusing.

 

ELDs and Pre-2000 Engines

Many vehicles with pre-2000 engines and most vehicles with rebuilt pre-2000 engines have engine control modules (ECMs) installed that could accommodate an ELD. FMCA is asking if FMCSA should re-evaluate or modify the applicability of the current ELD regulation for re-built or re-manufactured  pre-2000 engines.

See the full proposed rule from the FMCSA here.

 

Big change is coming

If these proposed rules are implemented, it will be a massive change for the industry, especially the proposed rule regarding ELD certification. Applying a stringent ELD certification process like Canada could avoid potential violations of ELD compliance and ELD replacement.

Astreon has a partnership with fully certified ELD service providers in Canada and the USA, such as Apollo ELD, brought to you by Astreon. They are an industry-leading ELD provider that is driver-friendly and well recognized in the USA and Canada.  They have also already gone through stringent certification in Canada, and are well prepared if this becomes necessary in the USA.

In addition to certification, leverage our ELD solutions to provide continuity and risk mitigation for your business with HOS, IFTA reports, Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports, Engine Diagnostics, and many more powerful features.

Visit our ELD page to learn more.

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September 2022 Monthly Update

Good day Astreon clients and partners. We trust everyone has had a great summer and are looking forward to jumping into a busy September.

This month we have a lot of new features in our supported applications, along with a new service. You don’t want to miss this one!

 

Astreon New features and enhancements

Mobile App – New Features

New enhancements to the mobile app have added a bunch of new data points to make managing your fleet from your mobile device easier than ever:

 

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  • Vehicle Profile information like vehicle type. For example, Bus, Heavy Truck, etc.
  • Expanded date/time information in the history tab
  • New Geofences report by group, not just a single vehicle

 

Upgraded History

Event messages that trigger a notification are now visible. An example of this is that a speeding event was triggered. It will now show that speeding even in the Unit history. This is displayed on the map with an icon depicting the event type, location, and time.

 

Hecterra – Agricultural Management

New Report – By Campaign

To provide a deeper level of management, we have added a new report for campaigns. This report provides detailed information on campaign fulfillment, including every instance of cultivation in each field throughout the season.

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Logistics – Last Mile & Task Management

Optimized planning by geofences

A lot of businesses assign work by geographic area. The field employee is responsible for all customers in a certain area, or the driver services just this specific part of a city. These businesses generally have large geofences that segment each service or delivery zone.

 

Dispatch+ has been enhanced to take into account vehicles assigned to a geofence, and orders or services scheduled in those geofences. This new option when creating a route, only assigns orders in a geofence to a vehicle or a group of vehicles assigned to it.

 

To leverage this new feature, activate “Planning by geofences” in Settings/Planning. Then go to the new Geofence tab in the Settings.

You can add geofences created in Astreon hosting, filter and delete them in the new tab. You can also attach vehicles to geofences. A vehicle attached to a certain geofence will only receive orders from within that geofence.

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Geofences with assigned vehicles can be found in the new Geofences column at the second and third stages of planning, as well as on the Routes and Templates pages.

 

Driveroo: A mobile and cloud-based fleet inspection application

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Driveroo is an easy, mobile and cloud-based fleet operation management solution. Offering breakthrough, fully visual inspection workflows, Driveroo’s intuitive, easy to use app cuts inspection time, improves accuracy and engages drivers and operators to be more accountable.

 

Driveroo also provides a complete set of digital tools to help streamline fleet operations, and built-in capabilities for alerts, notifications and reminders that keep the whole team aligned and on track.

 

A Faster DVIR

Driveroo’s unique visual inspection workflows provide an exact representation of every vehicle making it easy to understand and simple to use. Prior issues are preloaded into each new inspection saving drivers time and effort.

Simple Tap-n-Go inputs eliminate tedious data entry, and pictures, voice-to-text and videos provide the detailed information you need to understand fleet health.

 

Easy Inspection Reporting

Inspections are instantly available on the operator app and online through Driveroo’s cloud-based web portal. Dashboards make it easy to see issues by severity, asset, teams, locations or individual drivers.

 

Asset Management

Keep track of every vehicle, with a history of all inspections. Collect and save critical vehicle documentation such as insurance and registrations, and assign reminders and notifications for renewals.

 

Fuel Management

Track fuel use and key metrics across vehicles, teams and locations. An easy fuelling workflow is included in the Driveroo mobile app with the ability to capture fuel amounts, costs, images of receipts and fuelling location which is automatically captured through the app GPS.

 

Accident & Incident Reporting

Accidents happen, and when they do, you want your drivers to take all the necessary steps to address the situation. Driveroo provides an easy workflow that simplifies the process for drivers to collect the necessary information and report the accident or incident, with step by step instructions. Accident reports are immediately available and can trigger alerts for management.

 

Driveroo App Features at a Glance:

  • Instant VIN scanner
  • VIN-based Inspection and financial transaction history
  • Speech-to-text customer contact
  • Email quotes to customers with photos
  • Automotive icons to streamline inspections
  • Turbographics to help customers quickly understand repair issues
  • Universal Mobile Receipt, (Communicate with customers through text, email, phone)
  • Customers receive an interactive repair report
  • Unlimited tracking of vehicles (subscription service)
  • Unlimited statistics (subscription service)

 

Task Management

The Driveroo Fleet solution includes flexible task management capabilities. Create one-time or recurring tasks, and assign tasks to individuals, teams or roles within your organization. Make it easier on you and your team to ensure that work gets done with visibility to task status and notifications.

 

Alerts, Notifications and Reminders

Accidents happen, and when they do, you want your drivers to take all the necessary steps to address the situation. Driveroo provides an easy workflow that simplifies the process for drivers to collect the necessary information and report the accident or incident, with step-by-step instructions. Accident reports are immediately available and can trigger alerts for management.

 

Users, Teams and Roles

Driveroo is easily configured to meet the needs of simple and complex fleets. Every user in Driveroo can be assigned a specific role and permissions. Roles can also be used in task assignments. Organize by locations and teams to make it easy to send notifications, and assign assets or tasks.

 

Document Management

Driveroo document management makes it easy and convenient to link documents to individual accounts or to assets. Drivers can have their own documents attached to their accounts, and every asset has its own document repository as well. With just the touch of a screen, operators can retrieve any information they need.

 

For more information about Driveroo, visit Driveroo page.

 

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Make the transition to automated digital processes with our new app, Driveroo

Are you tired of looking through stacks of paper on your desk to find a work order?  Are you a Fleet Manager working to analyze data based on paper processes and fighting to find improvements in your business?  Are you fighting to get field workers to fill out accurate pre and post trip vehicles inspections?

Paper based and manual processes create massive issues in any business. From lost forms, to non-compliance, to driving operating costs up, this just doesn’t work in today’s competitive landscape.

For repair technicians, repairs based on paper inspections is outdated and inaccurate.

Fleet Managers need access to reliable information to aid in making the best decisions for your Fleet.  Fleet metrics provided by a fully integrated Fleet Management solution is what you need.

 

Driveroo: A new mobile and cloud-based fleet operation management solution

Astreon is excited to introduce Driveroo, a Digital inspection application with built in workflows to automate and streamline business processes.  A proper solution to solve the manual process and paperwork headaches many businesses still suffer from.

 

Inspection management

Driverooo takes your business to the next level with streamlined digital workflows that improve efficiency and productivity, while providing immediate visibility to the condition of your assets.

The Driveroo app has many features that save time and money in the inspection and repair process, including text-to-speech functionality and electronic reports that streamline the inspection process. Driveroo provides the tools to present a clearer picture to clients, which helps to ensure that preventative maintenance does not lapse, leading to major repairs and/or catastrophic failures down the line.

In addition, the Driveroo app allows repair technicians to scan the VIN information instead of typing it in manually. Graphic icons of damaged parts can be used to help clients understand areas in need of repair. By visualizing every problem, you and your clients can see where the issues are and what needs to be fixed quickly.

 

Driveroo App Features at a Glance:

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  • Instant VIN scanner
  • VIN-based Inspection and financial transaction history
  • Speech-to-text customer contact
  • Email quotes to customers with photos
  • Automotive icons to streamline inspections
  • Turbographics to help customers quickly understand repair issues
  • Universal Mobile Receipt, (Communicate with customers through text, email, phone)
  • Customers receive an interactive repair report
  • Unlimited tracking of vehicles (subscription service)
  • Unlimited statistics (subscription service)

 

Other asset-specific inspections with Driveroo

Driveroo enables you to inspect other types of assets and fleets.

  • OSHA Compliant Forklift Inspection
    • Empower your operations to complete fast forklift inspections
  • DOT eDVIR Inspection
    • Streamline your inspection process to ensure DOT compliance
  • School Bus Pre-Trip Inspection
    • Ensure your school bus fleet is well-maintained, safe, and always ready for action
  • Vehicle Condition Report
    • Inspire customer confidence with detailed pre-purchase inspection reports.

 

Fleet and Asset Management

Driveroo can turn any paper form into a fast, mistake-free automated process to boost operations and lower costs. Driveroo enables you to customize exact visual representations of your vehicles, and tailors every workflow to fit your unique process with as many or as few steps that you need. It’s the easiest way to get the exact solution for your fleets.

 

Driveroo Astreon Bundled Features

eDVIR: Verified Inspections

Streamline the vehicle inspection process and ensure legal compliance. The intelligent mobile app empowers drivers to complete inspections without the paperwork – all in a few quick and easy steps.

 

Scheduled Maintenance

Design preventative maintenance schedules based on vehicle mileage or vehicle inspection data. Set up custom vehicle maintenance reminders for managers, drivers and everyone in your team.

 

Proactive Driver Management

Empower your drivers and operators with a powerful, visual mobile app that’s easy to adopt and simple to use. Zip through reports, and put everything they need on their smartphone. Receive notifications of missed or incomplete tasks.

 

Geofencing

View the real-time location of your vehicles. Get alerts when drivers stray outside designated zones, or when vehicles leave a specified location without a completed vehicle inspection.

 

Document Management

Ensure that all licensing and registration documentation stays up-to-date. Securely store and manage any records online, and assign individual access rights to drivers, managers and other members of your team.

 

Asset Assignment

Assign vehicles or equipment to your team members and manage assignments in real time. Search by operator or by asset to access scheduled assignments. Quickly add, edit or move assignments and send automatic notifications to drivers and operators.

 

Safety and Incident Reporting

Quickly guide your operators through every step of important checks and reports. Driveroo Fleet is easy to adapt to your specific needs to make sure all checks are complete and all the necessary information is captured for reporting purposes.

 

Custom Fleet Dashboards

Analyze data and design easy-to-read custom reports to gain a deeper insight into your business operations. Make decisions driven by reliable data collection and thorough analysis of cost and efficiency.

 

Transform your business to digital workflow today

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Our mobile and cloud-based fleet operation management solution, Driveroo, enables your business to transform digital streamlining, including saving time and lowering operational costs.

Experience Driveroo at Astreon today to learn more and contact us to see it in action!

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How to advance driver safety and coaching

There are over 3.5 million trucks on North American roads that cross international borders.

According to the statistics from Nation’s trucking alliance, 90 percent of all consumer products and food are shipped by semi-truck throughout Canada, and approximately two-thirds come from the United States.

 

Trucking accidents in Canada

The OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) statistics show a significant increase in commercial motor vehicles (CMV) with collisions resulting in fatality. CMV-involved fatal crashes went up 40% last year in Ontario. Based on OPP statistics, 78% of CMV collisions occurred on provincial highways.

This leads us to believe that drivers have a low awareness of safety and employers are not taking these risks seriously.

 

Costs associated with fleet accidents

The average cost of a loss related to a fleet vehicle accident is between $16,000 and $75,000. This increases drastically if there is a fatality involved, according to an article from automotive fleet.

As an example, the average cost of insurance for semi-trucks has increase to between $12,000 and $16,000 in the U.S. and $15,000 and $20,000 in Canada.

 

The roadmap to an advanced safety program

It’s important to establish clear goals, and policies to demonstrate the company’s commitment to building a company safety culture.  This increases safety awareness among every member of your team and helps prevent future accidents. Not only improving drivers’ behaviour but the back-office can also contribute to creating a safety program for drivers. There are two effective approaches fleet companies can take to establish a safety culture in their business.

 

On the road: prevent incidents with video-based technology

Over 80% of all accidents involving passengers and trucks are the fault of passenger vehicles.

This is a significant number. Protecting your drivers is important, providing proof of not-at-fault ensures they continue driving (productivity) and that you are retaining talent (finding good drivers is always a challenge).

The following are major causes of CMV accidents;

  • Distracted driving
  • Road and weather conditions
  • Speeding and driving recklessly
  • Failing to properly train drivers

What can fleet companies and drivers do to avoid these causes? Here we explore how they can detect and change these behaviours and why video-based technology is a key to preventing incidents on the road.

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Astreon’s A.I. Dashcam captures critical incidents in super high definition. It also provides advanced active collision warning by intelligently identifying vehicles, lanes, and traffic scenes ahead via the ADAS camera and effectively predicts driving hazards such as tailgating, front & pedestrian collision, and lane departure.

 

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With a driver-facing camera, it is possible to identify the driver’s behaviours such as using mobile phones while driving, being drowsy, distracted, and not wearing a seatbelt via the cabin camera, and giving an alarm in combination with the vehicle operation status which comprehensively reduces the traffic accidents caused by driver misconduct.

 

At the office: Improve safety awareness with reporting and coaching tools

Identifying and addressing unsafe driver behaviour is the center of an effective fleet safety program. Using the data collected by a dashcam and telematics, you can analyze and assess driving behaviour. By leveraging Astreon fleet management software, you can get full visibility into countless useful data points across your operations from anywhere anytime. Reports from fleet management and analysis tools can help you approach actional insights to establish a safety culture.

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Our cloud-based web portal enables fleet companies to monitor live critical events such as accidents, crashes, or dangerous driving from any devices and those uploaded videos can be used for training purposes or insurance claims.

To establish a safety culture, here are some effective actionable plans;

Monthly reporting

Leverage advanced data from telematics and fleet management software. Reporting the rate of unsafe events or reckless driver behaviours can be the best benchmark to compare the monthly report which contains safety and efficiency data by month.

 

Show drivers video footage in coaching and training program

Showing actual video footage when an unsafe event occurred is the best way to educate drivers on safety and how to take the right action proactively. With Astreon’s cloud-based web portal, you review all important videos with the driver, providing a coaching and training program.

 

All-In-One Driving Recorder Designed for Safe Driving

Astreon’s A.I. Dashcam is an all-in-one recorder designed to increase safe driving. It has not all the features of a regular dash camera, and also supports intelligent driving assistance. It has the advantages of a powerful telematics tracker, competitive price, and low cost, secure installation.

Learn more at https://www.astreon.com/a-i-dash-cams/.

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Leveraging Mobile Workforce Management Systems to Automate and Streamline Your Business Processes

The needs of modern field service operations have changed due to new technologies, changes in consumer expectations, and the economy.

Companies with field operations are equipping their workforce with digital tools like intelligent devices, real-time monitoring, IoT, and artificial intelligence enabled tech to cope with these changes by improving operation efficiency & productivity.

By integrating more advanced digital tools and field service management software, companies can sync workflows and create more effective strategies based on real-time data. This will help your field workers accomplish more by working smarter instead of harder, as well as helping office staff by eliminate paper-based processes as well as manual data entry that cause delays and introduce human error.

 

A key management solution for field service operations is Mobile Workforce Management (MWM). MWM Solutions provide visibility to field workers, optimize and control field operations & mobile staff performance. According to the report by verified market research, the Mobile Workforce Management Market size was valued at USD 3.89 Billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 10.46 Billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 13.16% from 2021 to 2028.

 

What is MWM and MWMS?

MWM is the management of a mobile workforce with the help of tools such as apps, software, and processes or networks.

MWMS (Mobile Workforce Management Software) is a solution integrated with MWM that enables businesses to manage their employees while they are on the go. For mobile workers, it’s a tool that assists them in performing their job more effectively throughout their day. For a manager, it’s a visibility solution that helps them keep track of field worker productivity.

In today’s global workforce, 80% are deskless workers. According to the survey from EMERGENE, the top deskless workforce industries are: Agriculture, Education, Healthcare, Retail, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Transportation, and Construction, that employ 2.7B employees.

This survey also shows that 82% of respondents from those industries are planning to increase spending on technology for their deskless workforce. Transportation and Manufacturing are the two leading industries. In addition, these industries are willing to invest in new technologies to assist their employees with productivity and keep them happy.

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Businesses Can Save Time and Money with a MWMS

There are common struggles that companies running field services operations face: controlling costs, improving resource allocation, and streamlining business management. Implementing MWM provides a solution to these common factors, and provides a competitive advantage.

 

Key Benefits of Implementing a MWMS

Increase Efficiency

Efficiency is essential as it impacts productivity. With MWMS, managers can monitor the actual time employees spent on tasks and their progress. The telematics data and reports enable managers to analyze working processes, optimize and organize the field workers. In addition, managers can provide training and support their employees when issues are identified early.

MWM streamlines scheduling, dispatching and communication through centralized tools. The result is reduced downtime, increasing efficiency and productivity, ultimately impacting your bottom line.

 

Reduces Operational Errors & Increase Customer Satisfaction

Operational errors and process complexity negatively impact all aspects of finance, management, and overall business operations. Many of these issues stem from paper-based processed. This can also lead to lower customer satisfaction due to process and timeline management challenges.

MWMS enables the back-office to simplify processes by streamline payroll and invoicing that will result in lower administrative costs and errors. In addition, it provides greater accuracy and reduces overhead expenses, ultimately resulting in an improved customer experience, employee satisfaction and lowered operating costs.

 

How Astreon can help improve your business

Astreon Mobile is a fully-featured and effective mobile workforce management service.

The application is installed on a mobile device, transforming it into a part of a comprehensive personal monitoring system. With Astreon Mobile, you can track field employees’ productivity, schedule & dispatch tasks, and monitor their completion. With the Configurator web app integrators also have 24/7 remote access to the app configuration and diagnostics.

Astreon mobile is designed to provide visibility to field workers, optimize and control field operations and mobile staff performance.

 

Features

Access to relevant data

Astreon provides relevant and usable data in an easy-to-read format. Information is automatically updated and displayed in a user-friendly interface. View the main tracking parameters on the home screen for quick checks as well as status and alerts. Everything is automatically updated based on the latest message from the device.

 

Supports various communication options

Employees can chat, send photos, SOS messages, or location data by office staff by simply tapping a button. The back office is notified when personnel needs help or further instructions. Whatever happens, the employer will be aware of what’s going on.

 

User Statuses

Manage user status (Busy, Available, Away, etc.) to make better decisions by staying informed about your team’s activities. You can further tailor to your needs by creating your own custom statuses, and runs detailed reports to simplify payroll, differentiate what activity is personal or business related for costing purposes, and much more.

 

QR codes

Leverage QR codes to provide employees a means to log in by a simple scan, or changes status (for example at the end of a route or a task).

 

Remote control

An integrator or employer can change settings, download logs and troubleshoot issues without physical access to the employee’s smart devices. Request actions such as a camera snapshot or a service stop and change app settings remotely to proactively guide and help your team.

 

BLE beacons

The user’s smart device can be connected to a BLE device, and Astreon Mobile will detect such a beacon nearby and send this information to the monitoring system.

 

What to look for in MWM solutions

An MWMS is a critical aspect of digital transformation. By investing in MWM solutions, companies can embrace digital transformation and reap the benefits of an accelerated ROI.

When implementing, it is essential to take some initial steps:

You should identify :

  • What are your business goals?
  • How easy is it to implement?
  • Whether it can be integrated with other digital tools, such as GPS fleet tracking?

 

Through integration, managers & employers can access relevant data via a more centralized way, as well as providing deeper insight into the data to make better informed and faster business decisions.

 

Astreon offers MWM solutions tailored to your business. With solutions such as mobile forms, scheduled transportation management, delivery monitoring service, maintenance management, driver behavior monitoring, transit solutions, agriculture solutions, and much more. Astreon has the right solution for your business needs.

 

Astreon Mobile is a fully-featured and effective mobile workforce management service. We capture accurate speed and detailed location throughout the day. For the back office, it is designed to quickly, conveniently, and easily connect any number of employees to the monitoring system without the need for specialty hardware, simply leverage your existing smart devices in the field and off you go.

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4 quick steps to prepare your fleet for dashcams

Transportation companies are now embracing advanced safety technology that was previously considered cost-prohibitive not providing a clear ROI that fleets require to make such an investment.

Today’s landscape has changed drastically. Dashcams have become the norm for carriers to protect themselves against false claims and improve drivers’ safety + CVOR.  The industry is finding the ROI is more quickly attainable. Over 80% of all accidents involving passengers and trucks are the fault of passenger vehicles. Protecting your drivers is important, providing proof of not-at-fault ensures they keep driving, attributing to productivity and increased wages for the driver. This also helps with talent retention. Finding good drivers is a constant challenge.

 

According to a survey from FreightWaves subscribers, 70 percent of respondents are currently using dashcam technology. However, many carriers don’t comprehend dashcam’s features, or how to leverage them. When it comes to the acceptance of new technology, it always comes with some misconception and confusion.

It’s critical for companies and drivers to understand the benefits and features, and to develop a preventive mindset when they implement advanced dashcams.

 

Here are 4 tips to help prepare your business and fleet for dashcams, and to avoid common mistakes;

 

1.    Involving drivers in the pilot

As a company adopts innovative technology, they should involve drivers in the pilot phase of implementation. Drivers’ input is the most useful resource to point out growing pains and establish a solid safety system during this phase. The company also should have drivers test in different locations to see if there are any regional challenges in various locations.

The company should identify any problem areas that can be corrected before implementation. Keeping your drivers in the loop is ideal.

  

2.    Conduct Q&A sessions

Building trust and transparent relationships with drivers is a key to minimize resistance to new technology. Conduct Q&A sessions, workshops, or meetings with employees to explain why the change is necessary, and what the features and benefits of the system are.

 

The most successful acceptance of dashcams is to share videos and assess and debate driver behaviours in dangerous circumstances. Drivers usually don’t mention to their peers what happened when they encountered critical situations so this is a great opportunity for drivers to acknowledge how other peers deal with dangerous situations.

 

3.    Managing & leveraging data

The dashcam collects and sends key telematic data to analyze and assess driving behaviour. Leverage this data for safety coaching events and driver assessment.

 

At Astreon, we offer driver coaching tools which assess driving habits, behaviors and safety. It evaluates telematic data and provides a score based on penalty points for violations like speeding, unnecessary acceleration, heavy braking, acceleration while cornering, reckless driving, etc.

 

4.    Rewarding positive action

Drivers rarely receive rewards, even though their work environment is often stressful dealing with inclement weather, congested traffic, dwell times, etc. Encouraging drivers with rewards and public acknowledged of their achievements makes a big difference with driver satisfaction.

Some drivers might think they are always being observed by employers because of the dashcams. To reduce this negative impression, employers should explain the purpose of implementation and benefits of dashcams, plus rewards that motivate drivers’ positive behavior and safety score.

 

Employers could

  • Share the video with the entire team and celebrate the driver who took positive actions in a critical situation
  • Acknowledge the driver’s actions in a company meeting, workshop or newsletter
  • Publicly thank the driver
  • Present a gift card

 

These rewards are wildly successful in all businesses. On average, incentive programs achieve a 35% increase in driver safety scores across the board. The result is safer drivers and reduced insurance claims through Gamification: where drivers compete on their scorecards, aiming to achieve a higher score than their peers.

 

Adopting innovative technology

The Fleet industry has radically changed as a result of innovative A.I. Enhanced Dash Camera systems, and lower costs of data and hardware. Video evidence is regularly accepted by insurers when submitting claims, proving your driver is not at fault, avoiding fines and preventing insurance hikes because of those fines. On top of that, some insurance companies offer a premium rate if you employ a dashcam system.

 

The key to successfully implementing new technology is to establish a transparent relationship, collaboration, and engagement with drivers.

 

All-In-One Driving Recorder Designed for Safe Driving

Astreon’s A.I. Dashcam is an advanced dash camera with a built-in A.I. processor to detect driving events such as lane departure, forward collision, and unsafe driver behaviour. It can alert the driver in real-time of dangerous behaviours, and upload events to a monitoring platform to be reviewed by a fleet manager as a coaching aid and for evidence.

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4 Key FMCSA Changes fleets should know in 2022

Since the Electronic logging device (ELD) mandate officially went into effect, various rule updates, rule changes, notices and proposed changes have taken place (as the ELD mandate continues to evolve). These notices are published on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) website, which in turn is linked to the Federal Register website.

There are 4 noteworthy changes that took place this year (so far) that motor carriers should be aware of:

 

1.    Eliminating the annual list of violations

Per this change, carriers no longer need to request an annual record of violations from their drivers. Section 391.27 were removed from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations on May 9, 2022.

Since carriers request an annual motor vehicle record (MVR), asking drivers for a list of the same violations was redundant.

It’s important to note however that annual violation lists created through May 8, 2022 must be retained in the DQ file (driver qualification) for at least 3 years (meaning potentially as far out as May 8, 2025).

 

2.    Removing personal information from the road test certificate

Some notable changes were made to the format of the road test certificate (a form that is kept in the DQ file per §391.31).

This change removes personal identifiable information (PII) which most people are understandably uncomfortable providing.

The following information is no longer required, effective March 22, 2022:

  • Driver’s license number
  • Licensing state
  • Social Security Number

 

For those that have already purchased older road test certificates, you can simply leave those fields empty as they are no longer required.

It is important to note that per §391.21, PII (date of birth, social security number, driver’s license number, etc.) still remains on the driver-specific application.

 

3.    Licensing Authorities – wording changes

Effective March 22, 2022, the FMCSA changed wording which concerns driver licence issuing entities. “State” was replaced with “driver’s licensing authority”, which provides clarification that to obtain a driver’s MVR, motor carriers would contact states, provinces and territories to satisfy §391.23 and §391.25. This also impact §391.21(b)(5).

This clarification is particularly important for drivers in Canada or Mexico who operate in the U.S.

 

4.    Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule (as of Feb 7, 2022)

As of February 7, 2022, entry-level driver training (ELDT) regulations have stricter requirements for individuals who want to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL), upgrade a CDL, or obtain a hazardous materials (H), passenger (P), or school bus (S) endorsement.

 

“These individuals are subject to the ELDT requirements and must complete a prescribed program of instruction provided by an entity that is listed on FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry (TPR).” – Federal Register / Vol. 87.

 

Stay up to date on regulatory changes

The FMCSA announces updated notices, rules and proposed rules/rule changes regularly. The ELD mandate rules can be particularly complicated and/or confusing in some instanced for carriers and drivers alike, so it is very important to check regularly and familiarize yourself with changes/potential changes to prevent possible violation or non-compliance.

 

Keep in mind that these changes can also help your drivers by either simplifying their work, removing redundancy or providing greater clarity so they can stay focused on what they do best, safely and effectively, without worrying about potential violations.

You can check for changes or updates via the notices and rulemaking documents page on the FMCSA website.

 

Astreon’s ELD – ELD built for Drivers and Carriers alike

Astreon has partnerships with fully certified leading ELD service providers in Canada and the USA, such as Apollo ELD, brought to you by Astreon. These are industry-leading ELD products that are driver-friendly, easy to use, feature-rich, and well recognized in North America.

In addition to certification, leverage our ELD solutions to provide continuity and risk mitigation for your business with HOS, IFTA reports, Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports, Engine Diagnostics, and many more powerful tools & features.

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2022 Truck Trends

2021-2022 are transformative years for the truck industry and have been keeping people in the truck industry busy. This transformation affects operations, expenses, and administration. With ELD compliance, Electrification to ease climate change, driver shortages, rising fuel costs, and trucker convoys for COVID-19 restrictions, it’s been a busy couple of years.

This article digs a bit deeper into ELD mandates and tighter truck emission regulations in Canada and the USA, and how this affects the transportation industry.

ELD Compliance

ELD(Electronic Logging Devices) mandate went into effect in December 2017 in the USA and will be fully mandated in January 2023 in Canada(Find the Canadian ELD mandate schedule).

Electronic logging devices (ELD) are used to electronically keep a driver’s Record of Duty Status (RODS) and all drivers are required to use an ELD to document their compliance with HOS rules.

In Canada, the full ELD mandate will go into effect on January 2023 and this deadline extension will ensure that carriers can have sufficient time to purchase, install ELDs and educate drivers to comply with the ELD mandate rules. However, the reality is you need to get started preparing as soon as possible. Here is why you should start preparing today for the ELD mandate:  https://www.astreon.com/full-eld-enforcement-delayed/

 

Electrification

The electrification of heavy commercial vehicles is making a splash right now. According to Natural Resources Canada, “Transportation accounts for approximately 25% of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions(GHG), of which almost half comes from passenger cars and light trucks.”.

The electrification movement is accelerating in North America.

“Roughly half of all U.S. and Canadian Class 8 tractors engaged in regional-haul applications could switch to battery-electric technology today with minimal or no impact on operations, productivity, or efficiency, according to a new report.” – HDT

For more information about the reaction from countries and how we can help customers reduce their environmental impact and comply with emission regulations: https://www.astreon.com/a-greener-solution/

 

Driver Shortages

As the demand in the supply chain industry is increasing, North America is facing a serious shortage of truck drivers. According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), the shortage of truck drivers was 60,800 and is estimated to reach 160,000 by 2028 in U.S. Whereas, Canada is expected to be short 25,000 truck drivers by 2023 according to a study from Trucking HR Canada.

truck driver shortage

 

The stressful environment caused by COVID-19 is further accelerating the shortage of truck drivers and exacerbating disruptions in the supply chain.

Find out how to ease driver shortages with telematics:  https://www.astreon.com/telematics-can-improve-drivers-safety-and-retention-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Sky High Fuel Costs

Rising fuel costs are pressuring trucking companies. Many companies are struggling with minimizing the impact of fuel costs to their clients, but there is a limit.

In order to combat the impact of rising fuel costs, it is critical to have insightful data about your fleet operations to analyze and drive effective improvements into your business. To get this insightful data, you need a leading GPS Tracking solution in your fleet to better understand how much gasoline or diesel is consumed by your fleet each month and year. A GPS Fleet Management system is also important to help analyze data and receive powerful automated reports to identify where you can drive additional efficiencies and savings.

For detailed tips to combat the effects of rising fuel costs, read this article.

 

Astreon Can Help

Astreon offers the most Comprehensive & Advanced Fleet Management platform available for your Vehicles, Trailers, Machinery, and Equipment, with over 3.3 million+ tracked assets globally. Our software is easy to use, fully customizable, and provides advanced industry-leading features. With our Fleet Management platform, you can visualize all of your fleet assets on one screen in a simple to operate, powerful application. Fuel Management with Astreon is the complete solution for optimizing fuel expenditure and ultimately saving your company time and money. For more information about our fuel control, click here.

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