Navman Wireless Automates Field Reporting for Fleet Vehicles with New E-Forms Addition to OnlineAVL2 Fleet Tracking System
GLENVIEW, IL (October 26, 2010) — Navman Wireless today announced the addition of industry-first field reporting capabilities to its OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking system, enabling employees to complete pre-populated electronic forms from vehicles on job sites instead of filling out reports by hand or PC. The new feature enables data to be quickly captured from service vans, school buses, construction equipment, government cars and other vehicles from the road and automatically integrated into the OnlineAVL2 software, eliminating manual data entry as well as providing near-real-time availability.
With the new enhancement to the OnlineAVL2 platform, forms pre-loaded with information such as job ID, location, time and customer contact can be generated with a click and displayed on the Navman Wireless M-Nav 760 dispatch/messaging/GPS navigation unit in each driver’s vehicle. Drivers can fill in the required information and return each completed form simply by touching the M-Nav screen, making the data easily accessible to the back-office OnlineAVL2 software for reporting purposes.
Forms can be created and customized to the fleet’s needs from the OnlineAVL2 interface with a few clicks, including defining the form structure, fields and actions such as linking one form to another based on driver response. Uses include:
- Service job reports, for collecting data on services rendered, time spent, parts used and charges billed.
- School bus child checks, for confirming that no children are left on the bus when each route is completed.
- Equipment maintenance reports, for tracking fueling, greasing and inspection of bulldozers and other construction equipment.
- Snowplow street updates, for real-time information on municipal snow removal efforts.
“Automating field reporting in a fleet environment saves time that would otherwise be spent writing notes and reports by hand for later data entry by someone in the office,” said Renaat Ver Eecke, Vice President and General Manager, Navman Wireless North America. “Our new electronic form functionality makes OnlineAVL2 the first fleet tracking platform to streamline the process by feeding the forms to vehicles while they are actually on the job site.”
Other upgrades in the new Version 10.2 of OnlineAVL2 include the option to display graphically realistic icons for different types of vehicles (cars, vans, pickup trucks, long-haul trucks, etc.) for easy dispatcher identification on the system’s real-time fleet location maps; the ability to disable system data for specific users at specific times such as non-working hours to protect their privacy; and new asset usage reports specifically designed for monitoring construction equipment.
The software upgrades join a major hardware addition to the OnlineAVL2 platform that began shipping this week. The new Qtanium 300 is a ruggedized GPS tracking device for public and private construction contractors that is designed to withstand the dirt, weather and vibrations suffered by bulldozers, excavators, cranes and other off-road ‘yellow iron’ assets. The unit features an IP67-rated waterproof enclosure and connecting cables, with various shock resistance, anti-tampering and battery features to ensure reliable operation in the off-road environment.
The enhancements extend the benefits that have made OnlineAVL2 one of the leading GPS-based fleet tracking solutions in the world, with deployments on five continents that are helping companies reduce fuel usage, trim other operating costs, improve fleet productivity and maximize customer service.