Southeastern selects Innovative’s e-DVIR software application

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Updated Dec 10, 2010

Southeastern Freight Lines has selected Innovative Software Engineering as its provider of electronic driver vehicle inspection reports. ISE DVIR, according to the provider, is a full-featured Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration-compliant application that automates DOT-required vehicle inspection reporting and recordkeeping.

The DVIR application works as an extension to ISE’s Electronic Driver Log application, which Southeastern deployed fleetwide earlier this year. Southeastern says it already has realized improved efficiency of its fleet operations by using ISE software to process more than 26,000 paperless driver logs each month.

“Just as with their Electronic Driver Logs application, ISE has delivered a critical advantage to our safety and compliance with its new DVIR application,” says Braxton Vick, senior vice president of corporate planning and development at Southeastern. “ISE’s application empowers us to transition to an electronic DVIR process, eliminating countless paper forms for our tractors and trailers. The DVIR application is easy to use for our drivers and maintenance technicians. It improves productivity by providing real-time visibility into defects requiring repair.”

ISE DVIR is designed to integrate seamlessly with the ISE Electronic Driver Logs application to optimize efficient workflow. A flexible communications channel supports wireless exchange of information between the vehicle and back office over cellular, Wi-Fi or satellite networks.

The mobile interface is designed to automatically prompt the driver to inspect each vehicle before and after operation; drivers select from customizable lists of parts and accessories and common defect descriptions, simplifying consistent yet detailed defect documentation.

Maintenance personnel use the Web interface to review defects and deficiencies, enter notes and certify that repairs have been made or are not needed for safe operation. When the next driver takes the wheel, the mobile application retrieves the latest defect and repair information for the power unit and current trailers, creating a reviewable DVIR for the entire vehicle combination. After reviewing the report, the driver checks one or more boxes to indicate satisfaction that the vehicle is in safe operating condition.

Adopting ISE DVIR can reduces cost by eliminating the manual processing of countless three-part paper driver inspection reports. Documentation of critical repairs can suffer and thus lead to violations on the CSA 2010 Vehicle Maintenance BASIC. ISE says real-time electronic communication of inspection reports improves safety and compliance by enabling earlier defect resolution.

ISE says its eFleetSuite Web application can be integrated with existing fleet vehicle maintenance software applications via Web services and can be hosted by ISE or installed and run on the carrier’s own computer system – as it is at Southeastern.

“We expect Southeastern to achieve great productivity gains and cost savings with our solution, just as they did with our Electronic Driver Logs application,” says Hass Machlab, ISE president. “With the onset of CSA 2010 and the criticality of roadside inspections, we strongly believe that DVIR and Electronic Driver Logs will enhance any fleet’s efforts to improve safety and lower its CSA 2010 scores.”