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Information Technology

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Protecting Data Is Key to Good Business

Technology comes with many benefits, as well as some vulnerabilities.

By Steven Martinez

Understanding what data your company has is just as important as protecting it in the information age.

Tags: Information Technology, data security, Cloud-Based Technology

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Omnitracs Talks About Its XRS Acquisition

Omnitrac’s acquisition of XRS will broaden the company’s portfolio of fleet management applications and augment its current lineup of products, such as the MCP 200 in-cab mobile computing device.

By Jim Beach

Omnitracs announced it had agreed to acquire XRS Corp., Minneapolis, in a deal valued at $178 million. Approved unanimously by XRS’ board of directors, the deal is expected to be finalized by the fourth quarter of this year.

Tags: telematics, Information Technology, XRS, Navigation, Omnitracs

October 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Automation: A Better Way to Recruit Drivers

By Jim Beach

Workflow management tools, analytics and behavioral assessment can make the hiring process easier and quicker.

Tags: Information Technology, Driver Shortage, Automation, Driver Recruitment

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Got A Knowledge Gap?

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

What new technology that you’ve used in the last 10 years has made a real difference to your operation? Do you know?

Tags: Technology, Information Technology, TMC, NACFE, PIT

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Trailer Tracking and Food Safety

By Jim Beach

It's time to start asking questions about tracking trucks and trailers as new regulations will soon make it more prevalent.

Tags: Information Technology, Refrigerated Truck, Vehicle Tracking, Reefers, Trailer Tracking

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tech Bytes: Decker Uses Two-Way Refrigerated Monitoring from Orbcomm

Decker Truckline will install Orbcomm’s RT6000+ refrigerated two-way monitoring/tracking devices to its fleet of refrigerated trailers.

By Jim Beach

Decker Truckline, Fort Dodge, Iowa, is installing Orbcomm’s RT6000+ trailer telematics devices on 500 of its 800 refrigerated trailers.

Tags: Reefers, Orbcomm, Information Technology, Refrigerated Truck

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: David Wangler, President, TMW Systems

TMW Systems President, David Wangler

By Jim Beach

In a time of rapid industry change, what trends are driving fleet technology needs and use? TMW Systems President David Wangler talks to HDT about these trends in this Q&A.

Tags: Information Technology, TMW Systems, Industry Trends

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Explaining the Internet of [Trucking] Things

OEMs are increasingly getting involved in this web of smart devices, sensors and data, such as the recently announced partnership between Volvo and Telogis. Photo courtesy of Telogis.

By Jim Beach

OEMs are increasingly getting involved in the web of smart devices, sensors and data.

Tags: Information Technology, Fleet Management Software, OEMs, Internet, telematics, Volvo, Telogis, PeopleNet, Omnitracs

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Superior Bulk Logistics Saved Hundreds of Thousands on Warranty Costs

Superior now can track which makes of truck and which specs cost the most in maintenance.

By Deborah Lockridge

When Superior Bulk Logistics implemented the warranty management function of its fleet maintenance software, it was expecting to save $500,000 in the first year. By May, it was already more than halfway there.

Tags: Warranty, Information Technology, In the Shop, Superior Carriers

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Carrier Streamlines Communication by Equipping Drivers with Tablets

By Jim Beach

Drivers at Land Air Express of New England keep in touch with home base and handle all the necessary paperwork through the use of tablets.

Tags: Information Technology, Tablets, Smartphones, Fleets, Land Air Express

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Safety Technologies: The New Frontier

By Jim Beach

From collision avoidance to cameras, from rollover prevention to analytics, technology is rapidly changing the safety landscape.

Tags: telematics, Driver Safety, Safety, Con-way Freight, Information Technology, Driver Training, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Meritor, Future Trucks

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: PeopleNet’s Brian McLaughlin

PeopleNet President Brian McLaughlin

By Jim Beach

PeopleNet's Brian McLaughlin talks about the company post-acquisition, telematics trends, the rate of technological change, the 'Internet of Things" and more.

Tags: telematics, Information Technology, PeopleNet

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Is Cloud Computing Right For You?

By Jim Beach

Today, fleets have an alternative to on-site rooms full of computer servers – using a hosted environment for your computing needs, known as cloud computing. In the cloud computing environment, the servers are maintained by a third party (or maybe your enterprise software vendor) and fleets access applications and data via a web interface.

Tags: Information Technology, Telogis, NexTraq, Zonar, Sylectus, TMW Systems, Omnitracs, LinkeDrive

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Upgrading Your Legacy IT System

By Jim Beach

A number of trucking companies – and thousands of other types of businesses for that matter – run their businesses on what would be considered a “legacy” IT system. Those old workhorse servers might still be getting the job done, but they could be holding your business back.

Tags: Information Technology, Southeastern Freight Lines, TMW Systems, Carrier Logistics, Cloud-Based Technology

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pushing the Telematics Boundaries

A truck’s telematics unit acts as a communications hub, transmitting data from various sensors and systems on the truck. While they send the collected data back to the fleet, they also receive data such as driver instructions, or commands to various devices such as the refrigeration unit.

By Jim Beach

Most large fleets have extensive experience with telematics: GPS location and mobile communications systems that collect data and communicate it back to a server where the fleet can access the information. As the amount and kind of data has increased in recent years, fleets have adopted tools to make sense of all that information and use it across their operation.

Tags: telematics, Volvo, GPS Insight, Information Technology, Navistar, Telogis, Daimler Trucks, PeopleNet, XRS Corporation, Carrier Transicold, Cadec, Omnitracs, Thermo King

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Taking the Costs Out

Electronic driver vehicle inspection tools such as Zonar’s EVIR help fleets control the maintenance part of its costs-per-mile.

By Jim Beach

Whether you operate one truck or 1,000, monitoring and managing costs is one of your most important tasks. Fleets have used technology to help them control costs for some time, but the latest third- or fourth-generation systems are capable of generating tremendous amounts of information fleets can put to use.

Tags: Information Technology, PeopleNet, Routing, NexTraq, Zonar, TMW Systems, Decisiv, Carrier Logistics, Cadec, McLeod Software, Paragon Software Systems, E-logs

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Does More Fuel Data Make You Smarter?

Fuel card vendors now provide more data than ever about fueling transactions. (Photo by Deborah Lockridge)

By Howard Abrams, Sokolis Group

Although technology has enabled us to collect so much data now, does having vast amounts of it really make us any smarter? Negotiating fuel-discount programs won't do you much good unless you know how to make sense of the fueling data.

Tags: Fuel Cards, Information Technology, Diesel Prices, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops, Big Data

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Going Mobile: The BYOD Debate

Verizon was named the official wireless provider for the XRS collaboration with Samsung Mobile to offer a new product that includes a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch tablet and a subscription to XRS’s fleet management software.

By Jim Beach

Mobile computing is quickly becoming the platform of choice. Tablets and smartphones are far outselling laptop or desktop computers in the consumer market, and a growing number of trucking operations are deploying these devices.

Tags: Technology, Information Technology, J.J. Keller, Telogis, PeopleNet, NexTraq, TMW Systems, XRS, Carrier Logistics, Omnitracs, Samsung

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Keeping Tabs With Fuel Cards

Analyzing fuel card andtelematics/GPS data offers fleets increased visibility of fuel purchase transactions.

By Jim Beach

Fleets don’t always have a clear picture of what’s happening with their fuel purchasing plans. That’s become quite clear in the recent Pilot Flying J scandal, where the truckstop chain allegedly bilked customers out of fuel rebates.

Tags: Comdata, Fuel Cards, Information Technology, People, Sokolis Group

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Smart Roads, Smart Vehicles

By Jim Beach

Intelligent highways, smart vehicles, connected transportation systems – sounds like the stuff of the future. In reality, though, many technologies currently found on our roadways reflect that future. In many cases they will be integral components of an intelligent transportation system. And the most important piece of technology might be the one most everyone now carries in their pocket, purse or backpack.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Information Technology, Telogis, vehicle to vehicle communication, ITS, Drivewyze, vehicle to infrastructure communication, Omnitracs

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Is Purchasing Parts Online Right For You?

Not many dealership or parts distributors are selling online. One exception is Allstate Peterbilt Group.

By Denise Rondini

The Internet is opening avenues for parts purchases that never existed before. But does it make sense for you to consider adding online parts purchasing to your parts buying strategy?

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Aftermarket, Parts River, Information Technology

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Data Mining Can Teach You About Your Fleet

By Jim Beach

Fleet managers can learn new things about their operations by analyzing everything from accidents to wait times.

Tags: telematics, GPS, Information Technology, Fleet Management Software, Telogis, PeopleNet, Predictive Modeling, Carrier Logistics, Cadec, Averitt Express, Data analytics

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Making Driver Scorecards Work

Easy-to-understand graphs and charts like this one from Vigillo helps both drivers and their managers see at a glance where they stand.

By Deborah Lockridge

A trucking company decided to give out an award for the best driver, so they asked employees to nominate and vote on the honor. The winner, however, turned out to have one of the worst safety records in the fleet.

Tags: Information Technology, CSA, Driver Scorecard, Vigillo

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Improving Driver Performance with High-Tech Training

By Jim Beach

Cargo Transporters, Claremont, N.C, wasn’t doing much re-occuring driver training other than a few defensive driving classes, but in 2010 decided to require six hours of either online or classroom training. It was so successful that in 2011 they increased it to eight hours, according to President Dennis Dellinger.

Tags: Technology, Information Technology, Driver Training, J.J. Keller, PeopleNet, In-cab training, Instructional Technologies

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EOBRs Are now ELDs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is putting the finishing touches on a rule requiring electronic logging devices for keeping driver logs.

By Jim Beach

An acronym transition and other things you should know about the pending rule mandating electronic logging devices.

Tags: Information Technology, HOS, EOBRs, ELDs, Hours of Service, Drivers

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are You On Top of Your Fuel Buying Program?

By Oliver Patton

Pilot, the largest truckstop chain in the country with more than 650 outlets and $29 billion in annual revenues, is being investigated for allegedly defrauding customers by withholding fuel rebates and discounts.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Fuel buying programs, Fuel and Oil, Information Technology, Truckstops

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Ways Software Can Improve Your Bottom Line

By Jim Beach

It's a rare heavy-duty service shop or parts warehouse/distributor that doesn't use some kind of computer software in its operation. It might be as simple as an accounting package such as QuickBooks, or as complex as a full-featured industry-specific enterprise management package.

Tags: Information Technology, In the Shop, Distributors

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

4 Ways Technology Can Reduce Your Cost-per-Mile

On-board computing systems can help cut cost per mile through helping improve fuel mileage, reducing out of route miles and more.

By Louis McAnally, VP Operations, PeopleNet

Fleet managers understand that reducing cost-per-mile (CPM) by a single penny means huge savings, considering the number of miles a fleet drives each year. Here's how technology can help.

Tags: Drivers, Safety, MPG, Information Technology, PeopleNet, HOS, Fuel and Oil, EOBRs

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Document Management on the Road

By Jim Beach

Although technology has been able to reduce the trucking industry's reliance on paper, it hasn't been able to completely cut it out. Paperwork still has to be signed and submitted before a carrier or driver can get paid.

Tags: Information Technology, Scanning, Mobile App

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diagnostics on the Move: Telematics Help Fleets Stay Ahead in Maintenance

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Technology in the shop is nothing new; in fact, it's absolutely necessary to diagnose, troubleshoot and repair today's trucks. But fleets are finding there are technologies they can use outside of the shop to monitor vehicle health and diagnose problems

Tags: Information Technology, telematics, Diagnostics

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maverick Transportation Launches Video Production Department

Maverick Transportation has launched an in-house video production department as a part of its growing public relations and marketing efforts

Tags: Information Technology, Maverick

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

5 things you should know about cloud computing

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Cloud computing has been getting a lot of attention in the information technology space. Before you put your head in the cloud, though, there are some things you should understand about the concept of cloud computing

Tags: Information Technology, Cloud Computing, Qualcomm, Fleet Risk Advisors, Telogis, Decisiv, service management software, Drivewyze PreClear, Equinox Owner-Operator Solutions, business management

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

You Can't Escape Technology: Take Advantage of It

By Robert Johnson, director of fleet relations, NTEA

Regulatory requirements governing fuel economy, emissions and safety have turned today's work trucks into rolling computers

Tags: Information Technology

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Save Fuel, Ease Stress with in-Cab Nav

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

In-cab navigation improves fleet efficiency and safety and can help cut driver stress. Reducing out-of-route miles alone may be enough to pay for some systems, according to industry experts

Tags: Information Technology

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Apps, tablets, smartphones: How the world of mobile technology is changing the industry as we know it

By Genevieve Conti, Assistant Editor

Today, with the tap of your finger on a tablet or smartphone, you can pull up your Netflix queue, locate the nearest restroom and even generate potential names for your rock band

Tags: Information Technology

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

4 Ways Technology Can Improve Margins and Build a Leaner Operation

By Michael Koploy, Contributor

As the economy rises out of the recession and more goods must be transported domestically, many fleet operators will be hard-pressed to meet the coming demand -- but technology can help

Tags: Information Technology

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleets Find Benefits in EOBRs

While the federal government's efforts to require electronic logging devices have suffered a setback, many in the industry are working to get ahead of an expected mandate.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

In the first year after adopting electronic logs, Cargo Transporters, Claremont, N.C., had not only reduced out-of-service violations related to hours of service, but it also had improved its CSA "Driver Fatigue" BASIC score and was able to cut its compliance staff by 50%

Tags: Information Technology

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top Apps for Truckers: Mobile Technology Drives Success

By Christian Schenk, Vice President of Market Development & Product Marketing, Xata Corp.

Increased regulation. Demanding customers. Driver shortages. These are just a few reasons why the trucking industry is embracing mobile technology and the affordable fleet management solutions that run on cell phones, smartphones, tablet computers and other handheld devices

Tags: Information Technology

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

6 Keys to Choosing the Right Mobile App

By Christian Schenk, Vice President of Market Development & Product Marketing, Xata Corp.

Shopping for mobile apps to help your trucking operation? Here are some tips that can help

Tags: Information Technology

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

IT and MPG

Driver and vehicle performance data gathered by IT solutions is often presented in dashboard-style format, allowing fleet managers to quickly spot problem areas.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

In the abstract, reducing fuel cost represents a pretty straightforward undertaking: Get as many miles as possible out of every gallon of fuel, pay as little as possible for those gallons, and reduce the number of miles each truck travels to get the job done

Tags: Information Technology

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Telematics: The Next Frontier

Tablets are increasing in 
popularity with fleets as part of telematics systems. Here, Xata's tablet captures information from a pre-trip inspection, which is then sent to a back office.

By Genevieve Conti, Assistant Editor

Past predictions of future technology called for flying cars and personal robots. Yet the biggest leaps in technology have probably been in communications, and trucking is no exception

Tags: Information Technology

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Technology in the Truck: Changing the game

By Michael Geffroy and Chris Lee, Contributors

Most of us have done of these things manually for so long that the thought of automating can seem overwhelming -- something only the big boys do. Today, technology innovation has put automation within the reach of any carrier.

Tags: Information Technology

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

9 Ways to Make Your Numbers Count

By Genevieve Conti, Assistant Editor

When Randy Seals, customer advocate for McLeod Software, managed operations for a trucking company years ago, his boss would come in month after month asking the same question: "How are we doing?" Seals would respond, "Looks like we're doing great." He wasn't lying. They were moving a ton of freight

Tags: Information Technology

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Remote Temp Monitoring

Systems such as Thermo King's TracKing can alert fleets to temperature problems eve if the driver doesn't.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Automatically watching the perishable load as it goes down the road or the rails saves money and brings peace of mind. When you're delivering temperature-sensitive cargoes, things can get nasty if the produce, meat, ice cream or whatever's in the trailer shows up too cold or too warm

Tags: Information Technology

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

It's All About the Miles: Routing and Dispatch Systems

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Years ago, fleets would spend the overnight hours manually figuring out which route a driver would take the next day. Today, routing and dispatch software can do it faster and more accurately. Some even predict we'll be able to dispense with the human element altogether

Tags: Information Technology

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

More than Miles: Routing/Mileage Companies Branch Out

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

In trucking, miles are currency, and there are few companies that have become more synonymous with trucking than commercial routing and mileage software providers. Few truckers start, execute or navigate a trip that wasn't planned using

Tags: Information Technology

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Which Maintenance Software is Right for You? (Part 1 of 2)

O&S Trucking in Springfield, Mo., uses software to track each individual piece of equipment from cradle to grave and understand all the costs.

By Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

The need for first-rate maintenance of trucks and trailers is obvious, so let's not start this article blathering about the necessity of cost control and the ever-increasing challenge of safety compliance. All that's a given

Tags: Information Technology

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Using Technology to Help Cut Main CSA Violations: Speeding and Log Violations

Electronic logs are touted as a high-tech solution for the two leading violations in the Fatigued Driver BASIC: driver's record of duty status is not current and a log violation in general form and manner. Photo courtesy of PeopleNet.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rolled out its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program in late 2010, a number of carriers were surprised to find a poorer safety rating than they enjoyed under the old SafeStat

Tags: Information Technology

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Big-Fleet IT Functionality for Smaller Fleets

Though First choice only has 55 trucks, Jousma said they decided a few years ago to make the investment in the same type of fleet management software and other technologies used by big competitors.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

When it comes to serving customers, small carriers have the same requirements as the largest. If a small carrier can respond to a customer's demands as well as a much larger fleet, he can be competitive

Tags: Information Technology

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Social Media and Trucking: What a Little Birdie Can Tell You

By Marco Beghetto, Contributor

Although I work in a demographically top-heavy industry that's been understandably slow to embrace free online tools like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Youtube, I'm convinced that you don't have to know the title of a single Justin Beiber son

Tags: Information Technology

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