Information Technology

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The marketing model of simply blasting out company messages and hoping that someone will listen is outdated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

October 15, 2010

How Do Truckers Use Their Mobile Phones?

Owner-operator truckers are using their cell phones to not only help them manage their business, but to help them find new business as well, according to a recent survey

October 12, 2010

Diagnostics: Beyond the Fault Code

New EPA 2010 engine technology has made truck diagnostics even more complex

August 24, 2010

Solutions for a New Driver Era

With Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) about to become a reality, more and more fleets may soon have to face the consequences of hiring drivers with dubious credential

August 18, 2010

No Muss, No Fuss: The Latest in Trailer Tracking

About a year and a half ago, Kraft Foods' private fleet was experiencing considerable trailer detention and needed to get more control of its trailers

July 14, 2010

Navigation's Not Another Toy

Before adopting Maptuit's navigation system, drivers for expedited truckload carrier Armellini Express Lines had three choices if they got lost: wait for dispatch to jump onto Google Maps to get them back on trac

June 23, 2010

EDI: Learning the Language

Oklahoma-based Melton Truck Lines used to handle its Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) transactions in-house. The in-house process was expensive, and monitoring freight availability and finding loads was labor-intensive and time-consuming for the flatbed carrier

June 3, 2010

The Road to MPG Improvement

Fuel prices may have temporarily stabilized, but after hitting $4 per gallon during the past few years, it doesn't take a crystal ball to predict continued volatility

May 18, 2010

E-Logs: A New Era

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration opted for the strictest approach it could take in its new requirement for electronic onboard recorders, announced last month

May 18, 2010

E-Logs: 21st Century Timesheets

Refrigerated carrier Pollywog Transportation underwent a safety audit in 2006 after someone made an accusation against the company

May 7, 2010

E-Logs: A Critical Strategy for Safety, Compliance and Productivity

Electronic logs may be the workhorse of software for the trucking industry when it comes to helping firms meet safety, compliance and productivity goals


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