Perform 2014: Roadnet Users Conference Just Around the Corner, Don’t Miss the Action

Take a stroll down the white sandy beaches with us in the Sunshine State of Florida this year!

Come join us in Bonita Springs for Roadnet Technologies Annual Users Conference, where you can engage with industry peers and discover today’s leading transportation technology practices. Perform 2014, will be taking place May 12 – 15, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency, Coconut Point Resort. We have quite of line-up of inspiring events and speakers, including our key note, former Redskins Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Theismann.

This year’s theme is “Powering Your Future” and will help Roadnet customers increase future success through new strategies, solutions and practices. Other highlights include:

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• Executive Programming: Programming and content focused on the interests and concerns of executive and management level customers. This will include relevant content developed by industry leaders, including an executive panel discussion.

• Super Sessions:  In addition to the more than 35 breakout sessions, large group topical sessions, also known as “Super Sessions” are designed to offer additional high-level thought leadership tailored to audiences. Renowned analyst Adrian Gonzalez will cover key industry trends in transportation management.

• Solutions Center: Users will have the opportunity to learn leading techniques and functions within Roadnet and partner applications through one-on-one time with senior product and solution engineers.

• Client-led Sessions: These will allow customers to share best practices, game changing transformations, stories of success and outcomes in a peer-to-peer setting. Click here to register today and reserve your spot.

Register here before March 21st and take advantage of the early bird rate, or visit www.roadnet.com/perform!

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Company-issued mobile devices or “BYOD” – what’s your stance?

As mobile device developers continue to advance the capabilities of their products, the practical applications of these devices are increasingly realized, specifically as it relates to how companies manage their fleets & workforce using mobile devices. Employees are embracing these advances quicker than their employers, prompting the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach to workplace technology, where employees use their personal devices for work-related tasks.

For logistics, service and fleet managers, using mobile devices improves communication and interface between employees, management and customers. As the BYOD movement has grown, companies have been pressured to examine if they should embrace the movement or issue their own mobile devices.  What are the keys to consider when determining your approach? Cost, accessibility, and security are several factors to consider when deciding the best fit for your business. Looking at the pros and cons of the BYOD model can be helpful:
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PROS:
Cost shift: Most companies that take on the BYOD model require employees to pay for all or part of the costs related to the device. This approach can have its own set of challenges but often results in significant savings versus a company- issued phone even if the company pays a portion of the expense.

Pioneering technology:
Since many employees are quick to embrace the latest and greatest in mobile technology, a company may be able to reap the rewards of cutting edge technology. This means a company can benefit from some of the latest features and capabilities for better GPS tracking, delivery confirmation and direct communication with route changes.

Flexible Work Hours
: Employees have 24-hour access to their devices, allowing dispatch to send drivers information on traffic, weather, route suggestions and any other important messages at any time of the day. This gives drivers the advantage of early preparation.

CONS:
Employee Reimbursement: On the surface, BYOD appears to be a better decision because the company is not burdened with the cost of buying and maintaining devices. On the other hand, many employees feel entitled to reimbursement—either whole or in part— for using their own devices. If a company’s compensation for BYOD doesn’t match up to employee expectations, there can be lingering feelings of resentment.

  1. A survey by IT Services provider Damovo UK shows that costs might “spiral out control” with reimbursement. Additionally, not all employees have the same provider, and predicting the monthly costs could prove challenging. A company may also miss out on the chance to receive bulk discounts for data plans and the devices themselves, which may be eligible for regular upgrades.

Privacy: There is also an issue of overall privacy. With regards to managing personal devices in a work environment, smartphones and tablets are likely to have private information, photos, videos, or conversations that employees may not want to disclose to their employer.

Security: Costs associated with security breaches are becoming regular headlines every day. One of the key issues that must be handled by companies with a BYOD program is how to manage security protocols on unsecured devices. By providing employees with company- issued devices, employers can have specific safety mechanisms that lock out potential applications or uses that lead to a failure in security. Although there’s no way to prevent possible security or data loss issues, the best way to counter these measures can be by controlling possible outlets and access points.

  1. Establishing protocols and guidelines for security can be difficult because the device is shared between company and personal use.

When evaluating these key points above it’s important to keep in mind what might be ideal for one company, could cause major issues for another. Deciding on BYOD vs. company-issued phones truly depends on the company’s industry, its goals and needs surrounding its fleet and employees Utilizing technology like MobileCast, which is available on both iOS and Android platforms, means that no matter which side of the device issue your company sits on, you can be sure routes are being implemented correctly.

 

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The Bottom Line = Measuring Driver Safety

Every driver has a responsibility to drive safely, but we all have distractions. This can range from the anxiety of a new driver, a soccer mom balancing a hectic work and home life, or a delivery driver who needs to get to their next delivery quickly. Everyone needs to manage these aspects of their lives and jobs while maintaining safe driving habits. Fleet and logistics managers are constantly dealing with these concerns because safety impacts their bottom line as much as efficiency.

These days, the most profitable companies are turning to data collected from their fleet to help improve safety measures and improve profitability. This can be done in many ways, but here are some of the most successful:

ImageElectronically logging Hours of Service to prevent driver fatigue. With telematics connected to an Electronic Logging Device (ELD), you gain the ability to view odometer tracking & speed readings from the vehicle’s engine. When driving, ELD automatically changes and logs the status from “on duty” to “driving.” Simply put, the electronic logging of hours provides managers with verification of delivery & management of both safety and efficiency from individual drivers to the overall fleet.

  • Easy access to necessary information via mobile applications. Allowing drivers to have direct access to resources that are typically only available to managers provides the people in the field with vital information about changes and helps them to avoid unforeseen issues. Drivers can view changes to their routes, vehicle status, and their availability in the future.

  • Using telematics wisely. Telematics is most powerful when you combine it with dispatching and routing technology. By doing this, you gain the ability to evaluate a driver’s adherence to the planned route and rate their overall performance. These performance metrics can help fleet managers determine if adjustments need to be made to the routes to improve effectiveness. This also allows you to manage driver behavior and overall productivity.

However you decide to measure driver safety remember there are tools available to make this process more accurate & efficient. Ensuring you are compliant with driver hours and adhering to both safety and route plans in critical to the health of your business. Today there are solutions that can address each of these areas not leaving the success and well-being of your business to chance.

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