Introducing Roadnet Transportation Suite v3.6.7

Roadnet Transportation Suite v3.6.7 is now available for customers to download! This Software Engineering Lifecyclequarter’s enhancements are getting us ready for the big football season by adding some new plays and better tools for blocking and tackling.

Get the ball down the field faster with mobile printing. Print a receipt at the point of service or delivery –or another custom report, form or survey that you’ve built. Put customers at ease by providing them with written confirmation of what has been delivered or performed. Don’t need to print? Easily view them on the mobile device or email them on the fly.

Create multi-day routes that hit the numbers when planning layovers. This new play will make layovers adjust to meet all the different constraints that surround them, including customer commitments, and the rules regarding the minimum and maximum amount of time a layover must be. Now, you’ll always be sure to meet the expectations of your customers scheduled for the next day.

To help you make critical plays, satellite maps have been introduced to RTS. Geocode custiStock_000002391200Smallomers more accurately and give greater context to playing back routes with the display of buildings, parking lots and other landmarks. Plus, increased location editing functionality, more mobile application, reload and messaging functionality will make life faster and easier.

An there’s more –  to find out about all of the new functionality in RTS v3.6.7, visit support.roadnet.com.

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Labor Day roads: A busy time for travelers

Labor Day marks end-of-summer celebrations, barbecues, road trips and fun. And Barbequefor many of our customers, especially in the food and beverage industries, a great weekend for business. But as the holiday weekend brings more people to the road, accident rates are historically high.

AAA predicts more people will be on the road due to lower gas prices. This means drivers should be extra vigilant to ensure safe practices. Drivers should know not to get behind the wheel after drinking, but also to take breaks during long road trips and avoid in-vehicle distractions like talking on the phone, texting and eating while driving.

To see how your city fares in driver safety, Allstate’s America’s Best Drivers Report ranks U.S. Cities. For the first time, the report provides an interactive mapping tool to show how population, city density and precipitation factor into the ranking. Fort Collins, CO ranks #1 overall this year, while Worcester and Boston, MA are at the bottom.

No matter where you live or where you’re traveling this Labor Day weekend, be alert, be safe and enjoy the holiday.

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What the Internet of Things Means in Fleet Management

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to be a buzzworthy topic that remains unclear to many. But the more IoT relates to our homes and everyday lives – including the industries in which we work – the more we need to pay attention to this phenomenon.

Infoworld.com provides one of the more simple explanations of the Internet of Things that internetofthingswe’ve seen. The tech website says that IoT is “an environment that gathers information from multiple devices (computers vehicles, smartphones, traffic lights, and almost anything with a sensor) and applications (anything from a social media app such as  Twitter to an e-commerce platform, from a manufacturing system to a traffic control system).”

In IoT, “Internet” refers to a network or the internet, and “Things” refers to any physical “thing” that exists in the world, from appliances to objects to people. When the two are connected via sensors and unique identifiers, we can extract meaningful information. For example, the Nest thermostat is a “smart” thermostat that learns the owner’s behaviors and, after time, sets temperatures based on that data – along with information collected from sensors as to whether the owner is home or not. With the Nest app, owners can adjust temperatures from a device anytime, anywhere.

When we talk about the Internet of Things in regards to fleet management, the “things” are vehicles and the people who drive them. When vehicles are given sensors, we can manage and control them through web applications. With Roadnet’s MobileCast, GPS technology gives transportation managers real-time information about routes and drivers. So while a homeowner could use the Nest app to see if the thermostat is pumping costly heat when he or she is away from home, a transportation manager could use the MobileCast app to check in on drivers and make sure trucks are on time and not making costly off-route stops. Both the homeowner and the transportation manager are able to get this information from their smartphones, no matter how far away they are from the action.

Roadnet’s telematics solution also applies to the Internet of Things. Telematics devices installed in trucks can give managers insight into driver behavior, adherence to laws, speeding, idling, and more. The telematics device is the sensor that detects and communicates information.

Before goods are even put onto trucks, they too relate to the Internet of Things. Logistics managers are using RFID technology to chip pallets in order to control and track products. An article from Inboundlogistics.com says that cloud-based GPS and RFID technologies are “the backbone of IoT as it relates to the supply chain.”

Before long, the Internet of Things will be a huge part of our daily lives. In the transportation world, this is good news for managers. The more technology advances, the more meaningful data can be collected about operations so that improvements can be made. At Roadnet, we are committed to using the latest technology to arm our clients with as much data about their operations as possible.

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