Omnitracs, McLeod deepen integration of HOS, driver workflow

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Omnitracs, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, and McLeod Software, a software provider for the trucking industry, announced new integration capabilities.

As announced on August 23, 2013, a definitive agreement was entered into to sell Omnitracs to Vista Equity Partners, a U.S. based private equity firm. Closing of the acquisition is expected during the first quarter of fiscal 2014, subject to the terms and conditions of the definitive agreement.

With the integration, fleets utilizing McLeod’s LoadMaster and Omnitracs’ Mobile Computing Platform (MCP) have increased visibility into Omnitracs’ Hours of Service (HOS) and Driver Workflow applications, as well as enhanced navigation and dispatch integration.

Addressing the new 34-hour reset policy, Omnitracs and McLeod Software released updates to facilitate more accurate, near real-time driver log reporting for improved compliance. McLeod now captures driver hours directly from Omnitracs’ HOS application and delivers greater visibility via its web service portal. Fleets have seamless access to up-to-date driver logs based on actual hours worked.

Additionally, McLeod’s Feasibility module—available with LoadMaster v11.0—aligns reported hours from Omnitracs’ HOS application with current position data for improved driver planning, helping fleet managers match drivers with available load assignments, while taking new regulations into account.

“We have a long-standing and strategic collaboration with Omnitracs, and their solutions are very reliable and robust, yielding measureable improvements to our customers’ daily operations,” said Tom McLeod, president and CEO at McLeod Software. “Our latest integration enhancements help our shared customers navigate the increasingly complex regulatory landscape, while improving the driver and fleet manager experience at the same time.”

Targeted at both LoadMaster truckload and less-than-truckload (LTL) customers, McLeod has also developed a workflow template for Omnitracs’ Mobile Computing Platform (MCP) to streamline the driver experience and ensure direct access to critical data for auto-dispatch updates. The new Driver Workflow interface is easier to use and simple to install, providing a complete step-by-step process for trip stop, arrival and departure tasks, automating many driver functions and delivering more accurate information to the dispatch system.

“We continually collaborate with our colleagues at McLeod to develop additional capabilities that will bring greater value to our shared customers,” said Norm Ellis, vice president of sales and marketing at Omnitracs. “Together, we’re evaluating the latest segment needs and exploring integration enhancements to streamline operations for greater profitability, while improving the driver experience and customer service.”

The Omnitracs/McLeod LoadMaster Portal also offers additional information for improved efficiencies and performance, including hub-odometer readings from tractor position updates received by LoadMaster and load dispatch data received from Omnitracs’ NaviGo powered by Telogis In-Cab Navigation.