Are you safe on the road today? This is a question you need to consider carefully, as the consequences of the distracted driving could be deadly. The good news is more businesses recognize they have a responsibility to ensure drivers are safe on the road and are using connected technology to make employees follow the rules of the road.
Richard Carlson, president and CEO of Wireless Matrix, www.wirelessmatrix.com, says there is a ‘new batch of needs emerging around driver behaviors.’ Last week, Wireless Matrix, a provider of GPS fleet-tracking services, announced the acquisition of SkyGuard, www.skyguard.com, which will open the door for Wireless Matrix to deliver asset-tracking capabilities to businesses.
SkyGuard provides fleet-management services for industries such as construction and utilities. The Web-based application from SkyGuard has asset-tracking capabilities, which Wireless Matrix plans to replicate in its technology, FleetOutlook.
FleetOutlook 7.1, which will be available approximately 90 days from now, will include asset tracking with theft alerts, state fuel tax reports, and adherence to posted speed limits.
While the upcoming release will include capabilities that will require drivers to follow posted speed limits, Carlson says future capabilities will help fleet operator monitor driver behaviors. Such options can be of value to fleet managers who are looking to lower their exposure to risk by limiting their drivers’ distraction on the road.
The mobile-resource management market is seeing competition that will require technology companies to continually innovate and grow both organically and through acquisition. Through this particular acquisition, Wireless Matrix is able to tap into the construction vertical, which it has been planning to enter for several years.
For the construction industry, being able to keep an eye on equipment and other assets is a big priority. Connected equipment allows firms to monitor vehicles to prevent theft; manage workers to more efficiently get the job done; and keep an eye on the equipment to know when it needs to be serviced.
Another company recently announced a new work-order management platform. With Telogis Progression, www.telogis.com, Aliso Viejo, Calif., companies can change the way they manage their mobile resources. The SaaS (software-as-a-service) platform offers job creation, tracking, routing, dispatching, customer-service notifications, route-compliance reporting, job-completion reporting, traffic conditions, and an interface to existing ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems.
The solution gives business owners visibility into the workings of the field staff. The technology integrates with Telogis Route, Telogis Fleet GPS, and Telogis Mobile.
Safe driving is a top priority today for businesses. Companies are rallying around new ways to ensure drivers are adhering to the rules of the road. Technology is enabling business owners to track employee behaviors on the road. Keep an eye on this trend. More companies are looking for ways to ensure driver safety, and technology is certainly enabling this trend.