PCS Software, a developer of integrated transportation management software products, has released Mobile XpressTrax for the iPhone, a GPS and driver communications application that interfaces to the PCS Express Transportation Management Systems.
Mobile XpressTrax uses the iPhone’s GPS technology to deliver actual driver locations to PCS’s dispatching systems. Drivers also will receive electronic dispatches with complete stop information as well as Google Maps, weather and traffic updates for their routes.
PCS says that drivers using Mobile XpressTrax have the ability to send back electronic check calls and load status updates. These updates from drivers will notify dispatchers using PCS dispatching software. Shippers also will receive automatic e-mail updates based upon their freight tracking preferences.
Mobile XpressTrax also has electronic signature capture. Drivers can have consignees sign an electronic delivery receipt stating that all commodities were delivered in good order; the e-receipt will be received instantly in PCS’s Document Imaging System, allowing the carrier to invoice the shipment upon delivery.
Mobile XpressTrax also has an electronic drivers’ logbook with GPS-verified duty status changes. Drivers are notified when they are in violation of hours-of-service rules, while dispatchers using the Express TMS will be able to see live HOS information and violations as they occur; violations also are sent to the Express Safety Module, where warning and disciplinary letters can be produced.
This new mobile communications platform is available to all companies using either PCS’s Express Online System or PCS’s Express client-server transportation management system.