Upon detecting cell phone usage while the vehicle is in motion, the system verbally warns the user to terminate the call or text and sends real-time alerts to a web portal or directly to a manger. This information allows fleet managers to enforce compliance with company, state and federal regulations, including the standards set forth in the recent NTSB recommendation-reducing distracted driving, costly fines and crashes associated with this dangerous behavior.
"The Department of Transportation has made it clear that the responsibility rests with the carriers and that written anti-cell use policies are not sufficient preventive measures," said Todd W. Follmer, CEO of inthinc Technology Solutions. "Distracted driving accounts for 16 percent of traffic fatalities; our cell detection service provides the only reliable detection technology in the market, allowing managers to be notified when a cell phone is being used and take appropriate action."
Working closely with various federal entities, inthinc designed the cell and text detector according to specifications recommended by the FMCSA, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the DOT.
Integrated with inthinc's comprehensive fleet management and driver safety solutions waySmart and tiwiPro, the new product detects cell phone waves emitted from the driver seat, warns drivers and passengers to terminate the use and reports it to the inthinc.com management portal or directly to a manager.
This technology can decipher various wave frequencies including phone calls, text messages and emails. Managers may adjust the settings to either send an in-cab voice alert to drivers when a cell signal is detected, or quietly report the violation to the manager via email or text alert.
Software-based smartphone apps are also available as signal-blocking preventative measures, but may be limited to certain types of smart phones (typically BlackBerry only), or may be challenging to enforce from a management perspective. Inthinc claims its directional antenna is a foolproof cell detection service, sending managers real-time automatic email notifications for cell phone use when drivers' vehicles are in motion.
The cell detection antenna is now available for pre-order. Current inthinc customers can upgrade their vehicles with a quick 20-minute installation.
More info: www.inthinc.com.