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Tough business conditions make it even more important to decrease operating expenses and retain customers

Unpredictable fuel costs, rising labor rates and other expenses continue to corrode profit margins.  Today’s OTR freight carriers and logistics firms need better ways to increase productivity and lower operating expenses. Data capture and management solutions for the transportation and logistics industries (including air, rail, water, truck, parcel/post delivery, transit, and pipeline) help you access accurate, real-time data to manage your cargo and assets, including the vehicles.

Truck drivers and fleet managers have volumes of information to record and report.  Even today, many transportation and logistics companies use manual processes to handle their data.  Imagine the efficiency, accuracy and productivity your operation would gain if you recorded, reported and submitted all information electronically and automatically—and even captured some important data you might not be capturing now.

Today’s solutions give you the network and data connectivity of a desktop computer, the voice connectivity of a mobile phone, bar code scanning, true GPS functionality and vehicle telemetry, all in a handheld device that fits nicely in the cab of a truck or on the hip of your driver.  With in-vehicle solutions designed specifically to meet the needs of the transportation and logistics industries, you can overcome tough economic challenges by improving the efficiency of your operation—and your workers.

Solutions for all transportation/logistics functions:

Yard Management
Fleet Management
Mobile Dispatch & Delivery
Cross-Docking
Terminal & Distribution Center Operations
Shipping & Railway Operations
GPS
Telemetry
Remote Management
RFID Solutions

 

Yard Management

Instantly track shipment contents, direct drivers to the next best dock, reduce idling and wait times, and improve turnaround times.  Achieve peak efficiency by having visibility into everything associated with the trailers that arrive and depart the yard— from the type of freight they are hauling to the urgency of each load.

Keep your trucks and shipments moving efficiently into and out of the yard

  • Capture inbound trailer-load information at the gate and relay it to a central office to quickly prioritize shipments and process dock-door assignments
  • Instantly track shipment contents and direct drivers to the next best dock by installing cargo tags and using an RFID-enabled solution
  • Improve your gate throughput and reduce errors by to checking inbound and outbound trailer loads at the gate
  • Provide integrated in-cab office capabilities and instantly communicate with drivers.

Monitor yard vehicles and drivers for improved safety and cost savings

  • Detect excessive vehicle speed, unnecessary idling, and improper shifting for lower fuel usage and insurance costs
  • Improve driver safety records, minimize the potential for accidents and reduce insurance and liability by using real-time information about your yard worker activities and assets
  • Track trailers and containers easily and quickly without the added cost of installing and maintaining external GPS devices when you use portable radios and mobile radios with integrated GPS modules.

Quickly prioritize receiving and cross-docking activities

  • Direct workers to the exact location where deliveries are slated to arrive and check inbound and outbound trailer loads at the gate
  • Effectively communicate tasks, storage locations and routes to your warehouse workers on a large easy-to-read screen with Vehicle-mounted computers
  • Unload the shipments you need most first, eliminate vehicle congestion in the yard and maximize use of drivers and trucks

Yard Management Solutions can help you in all areas of your transportation operations including:

– Asset Tracking and Use
– Compliance
– Dispatch
– Staff productivity
– Gate-in and Gate-out Operations
– Fleet Maintenance
– Yard Management
– Trailer Management
– Receiving and Cross-docking

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Fleet Management

Efficiently manage your fleet to meet the demands of rising fuel costs, compliance mandates and increased customer service expectations. Communicate with your drivers anytime/anywhere, proactively repair and maintain your fleet, and track driver and vehicle performance.

Monitor vehicle location and behavior to increase safety and gain visibility

  • Gain real-time visibility into driver and vehicle performance to know where your drivers are located, at what speed they are driving and driving patterns
  • Identify excess idling, accurately schedule load pickups, and deploy the most appropriate truck to the closest customer
  • Reduce damaged inventory, increase the safety of your drivers and decrease insurance costs

Meet compliance mandates and manage labor with accurate reporting and tracking

  • Track employee hours, avoid costly billing mistakes, and validate compliance with directives and mandates with automated reporting, time sheets and invoices

Enhance customer experience by empowering your drivers with mobility

  • Enable your drivers take on-the-spot transactions, instantly correct any mistake and place correction orders, and enable customers to track their shipments online
  • Ensure shipments are delivered on time by optimizing routes, communicating with drivers in real time, and keeping track of last-minute changes

Repair and maintain your fleets easily with automated processes and record-keeping

  • Use vehicle-performance data — made available by simply reading the truck’s bar code or RFID tag — to plan maintenance activities
  • Minimize downtime and give technicians immediate access to information about maintenance history, parts availability and repair instructions
  • Request on-the-spot service by placing a phone call from the device’s integrated 3G world cell phone or push-to-talk (PTT) function
  • Eliminate errors and record inspection data in a fraction of the time it takes to document these procedures with paper processes
  • Immediately report vehicle defects in the body, engine or under the hood, by sending an alert to the central database through a WLAN connection
  • Allow drivers to document proof of a vehicle’s condition easily during the inspection process with auto-focus color cameras

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Mobile Dispatch & Delivery

Speed delivery times, ensure proof of delivery and provide easy access to manifest details.  Scan packages to dynamically record their deliveries, electronically capture signatures, and take photos for proof of delivery.  Easily notify drivers about a new delivery destination, change in route, or emergency pickup. Eliminate manual data-entry back at the office and in the field.

Use real-time data to track and manage pickups and deliveries

  • Accurately document all delivery information by giving drivers the ability to capture package bar code information, document proof of condition, and record recipient names and time of delivery

Make more deliveries and reduce cash-to-cash cycle times with real-time visibility into the delivery cycle

  • Keep informed of freight status at all times with tracking capabilities
  • Maximize fleet productivity by scheduling pickups in conjunction with deliveries
  • Give drivers instant access to the day’s manifest and transmit delivery information back to your central office instantly

Enhance customer experience by empowering your drivers with mobility

  • Enable your drivers take on-the-spot transactions, instantly correct any mistake and place correction orders, and enable customers to track their shipments online
  • Ensure shipments are delivered on time by optimizing routes, communicating with drivers in real-time, and keeping track of last-minute changes

Continuous communications on the road or at the customer site

  • Enable drivers to communicate clearly and reliably, with flexible mobile computers with integrated LAN/PAN
  • Provide up-to-the-minute data using a total communication platform: a 3G world cell phone, bar code scanner, high-resolution color camera, GPS and 3G wireless WAN/LAN/PAN with Enterprise Digital Assistants (EDA)
  • Instantly contact a customer, co-worker or a dispatch group with voice, push-to-talk (PTT) services and text messaging

Cut costs and eliminate paperwork

  • Automate the collection and processing of shipment information, increasing the accuracy of trailer-load reports
  • Advanced data capture for 1D or 1D/2D bar codes enables drivers to record scan packages and dynamically record their deliveries while imaging allows them to electronically capture signatures as well as snap photos for proof of delivery

Mobile Dispatch and Delivery Solutions can help you in all areas of your transportation operations including:

– Asset Tracking and Use
– Compliance
– Dispatch
– Location Tracking
– Proof of Delivery
– Real-time Communication
– Route Management
– Worker Productivity

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Cross-Docking Solutions

Minimize shipment handling, reduce errors and speed the process flow of goods.  Electronically capture data in real time, communicate it to your back-end systems and use the information to track order information including shortages, discrepancies or damages. You can also speed your operations and reduce labor costs by using RFID technology, eliminating the need for workers to physically scan shipments.

Keep your shipments moving efficiently

  • Capture inbound shipment information with mobile computers and relay it to a central office to quickly prioritize shipments and process dock-door assignments
  • Instantly track shipment contents and direct drivers to the next best dock by installing cargo tags and using an RFID-enabled solution

Quickly prioritize receiving and cross-docking activities

  • Direct workers to the exact location where deliveries are slated to arrive for faster unloading and prioritization
  • Unload the shipments you need most first, eliminate vehicle congestion in the yard and maximize use of warehouse workers

Empower your warehouse teams with enhanced communication capabilities

  • Enable warehouse to communicate clearly and reliably, even in a noisy environment, with digital technology that delivers increased capacity and spectrum efficiency
  • Use voice and simple text messaging on two-way portable radio systems
  • Access, capture and send information from anywhere in the yard with integrated WAN/LAN/PAN-enabled rugged handheld mobile computers

Cross Docking Solutions for transportation and logistics can help you in all areas of your transportation operations including:

– Asset Tracking and Use
– Compliance
– Dispatch
– Staff Productivity
– Gate-in and Gate-out Operations
– Fleet Maintenance
– Yard Management
– Trailer Management
– Receiving and Cross-docking

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Terminal and Distribution Center Operations

With route management capabilities for your transportation operation, you can coordinate drivers to take the most efficient routes and match the best available loads with the best available trucks. Drivers also can be notified, via data or voice, about a new delivery destination, change in route, or emergency pickup.  When your drivers arrive at the terminal, you will know the exact contents of a shipment, where it should be loaded, unloaded and cross-docked, and be prepared to direct the movement of trailers efficiently from inbound to outbound docks.

Optimize routes with real-time dispatch and scheduling to cut fuel costs and increase productivity

  • Relay the most efficient routes based on distance, road patterns, and traffic barriers such as rush-hour traffic, weather and construction
  • Identify excess idling, accurately schedule load pickups, and deploy the most appropriate truck to the closest customer

Locate and effectively communicate with drivers, both at the depot and on the road, with rugged, multi-function devices

  • Ensure deliveries are on time with a quick phone call, e-mail or a GPS read when you use mobile computers with all-in-one WAN/LAN/PAN connectivity, simultaneous voice and data, 3G world cell phone, and GPS functionality
  • Communicate critical vehicle data — from mileage and hours of service to arrival and departure times – with vehicle-mounted computers with WWAN/WLAN connectivity, simultaneous voice and data, Bluetooth®, GPS and telematics support

Empower your managers to coordinate freight sequencing and movement through the loading dock

  • Create a direct line of communication to dispatchers, drivers and freight handlers, allowing supervisors to be notified where shipments are and when they will arrive
  • Dynamically re-assign and transmit worker tasks to quickly adapt to changing load schedules, verify receipt of shipment and locate where shipments should be dispersed
  • Provide a total communication platform: a 3G world cell phone, bar code scanner, high-resolution color camera, GPS and 3G wireless WAN/LAN/PAN all in a single MC75 3G Worldwide Enterprise Digital Assistant (EDA)

Know the exact contents of a shipment, where it should be loaded, unloaded, and cross-docked

  • Effectively communicate tasks, storage locations and routes on a large easy-to-read screen with vehicle-mounted computers
  • Give terminal and distribution center workers real-time viewing and verification during piece-level loading, unloading and cross-docking

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Shipping and Railway Operation Solutions

Railroad companies and railcar owners can enjoy real-time access to the status of their shipping and railway operations.  Gain the complete visibility needed to effectively manage and maintain trains, cars and cargo.

  • Tap into accurate data about the location of your trains and cargo
  • Keep customers and inter-modal partners informed about the status of their freight to reduce supply chain disruptions
  • Feed real-time information into your maintenance systems and use it to create service and repair schedules, minimizing downtime and maximizing worker productivity
  • Enable conductors to issue tickets and collect credit card payments on the spot
  • Offer workers a better way to manage maintenance activities and track cargo
  • Enable passengers to access the Internet and e-mail during their journeys

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GPS

Enable accurate fuel tax reporting, see immediate proof of location and offer your drivers real-time navigation and directions, without a separate device.

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Telemetry

Properly monitor and maintain all fleet vehicles, and manage dangerous or improper driver actions with real-time statistics at your fingertips, including engine fault codes, speeding notifications, improper shifting, idle time and hours of service.

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Remote management

Corporate IT personnel can locate and manage all field devices without leaving the office. Track, update, and view mobile computers, provide technical support and even disable or wipe a device in the event of loss or theft.  Help desk personnel can see what the operator sees, enabling remote problem solving and eliminating the need to send in devices for basic troubleshooting.

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RFID solutions

Increase visibility into asset maintenance, yard management, dispatch, pickup and delivery to improve efficiency and enhance customer service.

  • Optimize fleet tracking capabilities
  • Increase the accuracy and number of on-time deliveries
  • Reduce labor and inventory carrying costs
  • Improve efficiencies for the loading, tracking and delivery of cargo
  • Reduce inventory/cargo loss from theft, mishandling or expiration with improved tracking and status information
  • Improve safety by providing safe and secure freight transportation with container management solutions and electronic manifests

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As varied as your operation may be, Inovity has extensive experience with the transportation and logistics industry.  Learn how to improve your business, reduce waste and increase profits.  Contact a Systems Consultant today.