AT&T announced three new mobile workforce management solutions from Complete Innovations and Xata Corporation, available through AT&T. The communications giant claims these products will help businesses manage vehicle maintenance, fuel consumption, and safety issues faced by fleet workers via GPS integration, wireless dispatch, driver performance monitoring and more.
Here’s a rundown of the three new products and what they’re to be used for:
This tool aims to give courier, messenger and distribution firms the same capabilities as huge delivery companies like UPS or FedEx. Key features include:
- Electronic signature capture
- Mobile barcode scanning on packages
- Automated workforce scheduling
- Wireless dispatch
- Delivery tracking
This solution is all about GPS. For small- and medium-sized fleet and asset management companies, the aim here is to handle keep tabs on pretty much every single thing fleet workers are doing. Here are some of the ways this tool purports to accomplish the favorite tasks of almost every fleet manager — enhance efficiency and save money:
- Monitor fleets in real time
- Check in on driver productivity
- Analyze drivers’ safety records
- Report vehicle maintenance needs
Fleet Complete also lets fleet managers know when and where screw-ups and wasteful behavior occur, providing reports on driver-related issues like idling times, out-of-route or unauthorized stops and more.
Safety first, that’s the motto of this new AT&T Product. The goal: help fleets comply with CSA 2010. A program administered under the authority of the U.S. Department of Transportation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, CSA stands for “Compliance Safety Accountability.” It scores driver safety on a 0-100 scale, with 100 being the worst. “The impact of CSA on a fleet’s operations is enormous,” said David Gagne, Chief Operating Officer, Xata. “In fact, the FMCSA estimates that 47.9 percent of carriers that received satisfactory ratings during the past five years would fail inspections under the new rules.”
Once installed, Xata Turnpike aims to help fleets pass stricter safety regulations by helping them abide by hours of service (HOS) and International Fuel Tax (IFTA) reporting requirements from the mobile devices they already have — as long as their devices run on AT&T’s network, of course.