Information Technology

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March 22, 2012

Remote Temp Monitoring

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

March 22, 2012

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

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

March 1, 2012

More than Miles: Routing/Mileage Companies Branch Out

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

February 14, 2012

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

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

January 17, 2012

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

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

December 19, 2011

Big-Fleet IT Functionality for Smaller Fleets

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

November 7, 2011

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

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

October 11, 2011

Tracking For Smaller Fleets

Once upon a time, vehicle tracking and communications meant expensive satellite equipmen

October 10, 2011

So Much for Paperless

I'm constantly amazed and impressed by the pace of trucking technology

September 5, 2011

How Paperless Contracts Can Help Trucking Companies

Beyond the popular enthusiasm for green trends, paperless business practices are proving to be smart business practices, particularly in contract-heavy industries like trucking

August 15, 2011

Hands-Free Cell Phone Options for Truckers

Last December, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration introduced a proposed rulemaking that would prohibit commercial drivers from reaching for, holding or dialing a cell phone while operating a commercial vehicle

July 31, 2011

Could a New Internet Network Trash Your GPS?

Arguments are heating up between Lightsquared, a 4G LTE wireless company, and the GPS industry and user community.

July 10, 2011

Trucks Talk Back: Advanced Onboard Telematics

As a truck driver guides his rig along an interstate highway hundreds of miles from home, he might have a tendency to feel lonely. Yet in many cases, a multi-voiced conversation is going on inside the rig that he isn't even aware of it

May 31, 2011

Geofencing Breaks Through Efficiency Barriers

Geofencing is a critical component of a mobile communications system, with the power to optimize back-office and driver efficiency, customer service, asset protection and safety

May 9, 2011

ELDs and EOBRs - What's the Difference?

Part of the fun of technology is getting a new vocabulary of acronyms. The latest for automated driver logs is ELDs - or electronic logging devices. According to some reports, ELDs are not only better than Electronic On-board Recorders (EOBRs), but they cost less. That's progress

May 9, 2011

Nine Must-Dos for a Successful Social Media Strategy

The marketing model of simply blasting out company messages and hoping that someone will listen is outdated

January 6, 2011

Technology in the Next Decade: Safety and Productivity to Drive Advancements

At its core, information technology is about managing data: the schedules, locations, miles, hours, fuel prices, rates, lanes, speeds, bills, invoices, settlements, etc., that trucking companies compile every day

December 29, 2010

Using Technology to Combat Distracted Driving

Distracted driving has been the subject of two national DOT summits in the past two years, and new Federal Motor Carrier rules that became effective in October prohibit commercial drivers from texting while driving

December 2, 2010

The Power Of Integration

About a year ago, TMW Systems asked Epes Carriers to test an integration of the IDSC TripAlert exception monitoring system, its Innovative Software platform for operations/dispatch, and its TMT Fleet Maintenance software

November 3, 2010

Crunching the Numbers: What Do You Do With All That Data?

Since April 2008, wholesale distributor J.T. Davenport & Sons has cut its idle time from 20-30 percent to 3 percent.

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