Analyze like a Pro with Roadnet’s New Business Intelligence Tool

Business intelligence (BI) tools are hot and they’re here to stay. Roadnet Insight is a BI tool that pools together all of your transportation data so that you can make better business decisions.

Gone are the days when IT staff would distribute reports that only shed light on what happened for the month. When using BI tools, the power is in the hands of managers. With Roadnet Insight, you can spot trends so you can find the root cause and better understand both challenges and successes.

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Roadnet Insight allows you to easily sort, filter, group, and visualize the specific transportation information you need—or you can create graphs of your own. Since Insight captures your planning, dispatching, and telematics data, you can see correlations among cost, efficiency, service, and driver performance—all with easy-to-understand data visualization.

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Cloud-based and hosted by Roadnet, Insight requires minimal time and administration from IT resources, enabling you to be self-sufficient when it comes to setup and maintenance. You can now view and manage key business data that used to be reserved for the employees who “pulled reports” – now via desktop or tablet.

Why is Insight so important? All of your transportation data is in one place, and viewable in a way that is easy to digest. According to Gartner, Inc., 70% of top-performing companies will manage their businesses using real-time analytics by 2016. While top executives are valued for their business knowledge and experience, more is expected from them nowadays to make informed business decisions. A report by Aberdeen Group states that the urgency for analytics is all over the C-suite and that “even the stodgiest, slowest moving organizations have woken up to the power of data-driven decision making.”

Think like a C-level executive at a high-performing company – see what Roadnet Insight can do for your company.

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Omnitracs Outlook 2015 Recap

Our first global user conference was a major milestone, as we had the opportunity to engage with clients and partners, and share our future vision. We have some highlights here for anyone who missed it.

Sunday kicked off with an afternoon at Top Golf Dallas. In the evening, attendees enjoyed a cocktail networking reception.

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We started Monday bright and early with our keynote from Omnitracs CEO John Graham. Graham’s session included an exciting performance by a percussion group, and highlighted the theme of being better together as one company that can better serve our customers’ growing needs.

The Omnitracs leadership team spoke on key themes of the conference: productivity, safety, compliance, security, and data. We then began breakout sessions for the day, and the Solutions Center opened. The Solutions Center showcased current and emerging technologies from the Omnitracs portfolio of solutions and our partners.

Monday night was very exciting for Outlook attendees. We had an opportunity to visit the AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. Attendees got to kick a ball at the 50-yard line, eat a true Texas BBQ dinner right on the field, stand on the famous Cowboys star, and even meet some of the Cowboys cheerleaders.

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Tuesday began with a keynote from Joseph DeLorenzo of the FMCSA. We were treated to another performance from the percussion group, ensuring everyone stayed awake for a day of education (after a night of fun). DeLorenzo spoke about the ELD mandate and major compliance-related items. You can read a recap of DeLorenzo’s session here.

To finish the general session, Dan Speicher, Chief Technology Officer at Omnitracs, delivered a Product keynote. Key themes of the presentation included our current and future areas of development. Speicher highlighted the new products shown within the technology kiosks at Outlook – Roadnet Insight, Roadnet Telematics, Roadnet Anywhere, mobility in and out of the cab, and more. We then continued into the Tuesday breakout sessions program.

In the evening, we held a gala dinner which included a keynote from Emmitt Smith, former Dallas Cowboys running-back, MVP and entrepreneur. Smith spent a significant amount of time sharing his life experiences and successes. He spoke on the importance of teamwork and understanding others, and why it’s important to be humble and to never be satisfied – to always achieve and learn more. Smith also took many questions from the audience.

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We concluded on Wednesday with lecture-style training sessions.

Omnitracs Outlook will grow each year, and we look forward to providing valuable sessions, training, networking opportunities, and more. If you did attend and would like to provide feedback, please feel free to contact us at info@roadnet.com.

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FMCSA Update: Uncovering the Myths – Recap from Omnitracs Outlook 2015 User Conference

We had an eventful week at Omnitracs Outlook 2015 and want to share some highlights from Tuesday’s keynote session. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from FMCSA’s Joseph DeLorenzo, who gave an informative session that cleared up some questions about electronic logging devices, CSA scores, safety, and more – including where to find more information.

Electronic Recording of Drivers’ HOS
Joseph discussed the electronic logging device (ELD) rule, planned for publication in 2015. We talk about ELDs quite a bit, and Joseph emphasized that automatic on-board recorders, ELDs, and electronic logs are all different. Until the rule is finalized, we do not know what an official electronic logging device looks like, and therefore should not refer to the logging of drivers’ HOS (hours of service) as ELDs. For example, apps that are downloaded from Google are not really ELDs and we should stop calling them that. Read more about the differences from XRS.

Something that Joseph emphasized was to stop and think about why the ELD mandate is happening. The bottom line is that the purpose of the upcoming rule is to improve safety. After safety, uniformity is an important reason for the rule. With so many existing devices out there, it’s going to be important to have requirements that enable everyone in the industry to work off the same sort of device.

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CSA
Joseph spoke about FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program and listed the core components:

  1. The Safety Measurement System (SMS) – FMCSA’s workload prioritization tool that identifies carriers with safety and compliance problems for interventions. Organizes safety behavior into 7 categories: Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs).
  2. Safety Interventions Process – Interventions and tools to help FMCSA work with carriers to bring them into compliance.
  3. Proposed Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) Rule – A rule will publish on the safety fitness determination as it goes to CSA. The safety rating will allow for assessments to be made more regularly.

Unsafe Driving
Speed is the number one reason for unsafe driving, according to DeLorenzo. This seems logical but Joseph used the example of teenage driving to illustrate a point. He said that when he thinks about how he drove when he was a teenager, he wasn’t in any crashes, but had the behavior of someone who would cause a crash. If you know the behavior of people who cause crashes, you can prevent crashes.

BASIC scores are meant to identify poor safety performers so you can correct them. When BASICs have alerts, they may trigger an intervention. DeLorenzo advised to monitor your BASICs and take immediate action if your measures or percentiles are increasing.

DeLorenzo then described the FMCSA’s newly released crash weighting analysis. The crash weighting analysis studied whether Police Accident Reports (PARs) provide the right amount of information to support crash weighting determinations, whether a different process would better predict carrier crashes, and how FMCSA could manage a crash weighting process. DeLorenzo stated that when examining the PARs against the FARs (Fatal Accident Reports), there are data quality issues. The FMCSA seeks public comment and DeLorenzo provided resources on how to get involved. He also pointed the audience to a tool to help with driver scorecards: PSP (Pre-employment screening program) helps carriers make better hiring decisions with access to drivers’ crash and inspection history.

DeLorenzo also went over details and timelines related to the 34-hour restart rule and DVIR rule.

Some of the best takeaways from Tuesday’s keynote were that resources are available that can help. DeLorenzo also shared some tips on what to do and what not to do with DataQs, stating that you should take time to file a good one (get papers in order and gather the evidence that you need).

To stay on top of the latest from FMCSA, visit csa.fmcsa.dot.gov. You can learn more about CSA, check company safety records, order driver records, request data reviews, and find information on ways to improve safety performance.

We felt that Joseph DeLorenzo’s presentation was highly valuable in understanding not only what is happening, but why it’s important. This is the kind of information you can expect to hear at future Omnitracs Outlook meetings.

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Drive fleet efficiency with analytics tools – Find out how in our new webcast

Analytics related to transportation data are essential to understanding your business needs. We hear a lot about how analytics tools can display important information, but how can you manage this information and turn it into actionable business decisions?

Join us for a webcast to discover how easy-to-use business intelligence tools can help you garner meaningful insight about your operation – from dispatching and routing to telematics. Learn how you can do more with less and stop relying on others to generate reports for you.

Product Strategist Craig Powell will guide you through key considerations when selecting analytics tools, and help you understand best practices.

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What: Driving Fleet Efficiency with Analytics Tools
When: Thursday, February 5th | 1 – 1:30pm ET
Host: Craig Powell, Product Strategist

Register here.

Key takeaways:

  • Ways to trace trends back to the events that caused them to better understand both challenges and successes
  • Simple methods of identifying high and low performers—and other key performance indicators—with easy-to-understand data visualization
  • How business intelligence tools can help you save money, determining the specific areas that are costing your business

Can’t make the live event? Sign up anyway and you’ll receive a recording of the webcast.

 

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Proactive Notifications with Active Alert

Have you ever thought about just how much technology based in our personal lives flows over to our business lives? We are all living in the Internet of Things now. Our steps are tracked and sent to our phones, we can turn the temperature up and down via our phones, track our dogs, map our walk, and of course get notifications that our package has been delivered. Why, then, aren’t we deploying some of these same concepts in our businesses?

Part of the answer is that consumer technology often moves faster than business – but why? Consumer tech has to be somewhat accurate; business to business tech has to be spot on. Other parts of the problem are our industries’ fear of technology, having the staff to manage technology and exposing ourselves more to the potential of a service failure. But are the costs of avoiding new technology worth it? Will customers stay if we don’t start to adapt to the new technology? How long can problems be solved by just adding employees? When do you strike a balance between the cost of technology and the cost of efficiency?

RNR_Jan15_AA1Now. The time is now. The world is changing how we communicate with one other and at what speed. Roadnet’s newest tool, Active Alert embraces these changes by offering delivery and service communication tools using the methods that are most desirable today – Internet, text, email and phone. All without the need to involve staff. Sound too good to be true? Let’s walk you through how it works.

After routes are planned in Roadnet and dispatched to MobileCast, a proactive notification can be sent letting your customer know when the delivery will arrive – saving your drivers time waiting around for keys or checks. If the anticipated delivery time changes due to extended service time at another stop or traffic jams, an alert will be sent updating the delivery time. Once the stop is complete, a message goes out to both sales reps and customers to let them know the service is complete. These are all examples of proactive notifications. Active Alert also contains a web widget that can be easily implemented into your existing website. Even better? Customers can configure their own notifications from the web widgets and get only the notifications they want.

Can you hear the savings and not the phone ringing? You’ll be able to greatly reduce the number in inbound calls from both customers and your own sales representatives. Keep your customer service reps busy with revenue producing work, not busy work.

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