Navman Wireless adds field reporting capabilities

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Updated Oct 29, 2010

Navman Wireless announced the addition of 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, the company says.

With the new enhancement, 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 by touching the M-Nav screen, making the data 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, 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.