Omnitracs, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, announced the launch of its Extended Productivity Suite for Android, which includes a new proof of delivery application, at TMW Systems’ TransForum user conference. The new Android platform supports various activities that take place outside of the cab on a companion smart device, such as signature capture, barcode scanning and document imaging.
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.
Currently supported by Omnitracs’ Mobile Computing Platforms (MCP) 110 and 200, Extended Productivity Proof of Delivery automatically and wirelessly syncs with the MCP through Bluetooth to securely transmit information by using the same data plan as the MCP. The combination of an integrated in-cab system and portable device is suited for fleets whose drivers perform different tasks outside the vehicle — such as less-than-truckload (LTL) and private fleets.
“Traditionally, many of the load-related activities our drivers would perform involved cumbersome paper work. These manual processes created the propensity for errors, lost paper work, lack of timeliness and less than optimal customer service, among other inefficiencies,” said Michael Podolak, IT manager at Gypsum Express, LTD. “However, with Omnitracs’ new Proof of Delivery application, our drivers can quickly capture important information digitally outside the vehicle, which is then automatically synchronized with our MCPs and securely received in a timely manner by our back office, allowing us to expedite invoice processing and minimize administrate costs.”
To further streamline activities outside the vehicle, Omnitracs’ Extended Productivity Proof of Delivery also offers the following optional add-ons that automatically capture supporting information and combine it with relevant loads directly within the application:
- Document Imaging—electronically captures paper bills of lading, border crossing and other documents via the smart device camera
- Returns & Pickups—captures information from returns and scheduled or unscheduled pickups
- Barcode Scanning—provides the ability to scan barcodes using supported smart device cameras or integrated barcode readers to more efficiently capture information related to delivery, returns and pickups
- Photo Capture—attaches photos taken on the smart device camera for purposes such as capturing overages, shortages and damages
“We are pleased to offer a unique combination of in-cab and portable mobile device capabilities that empower fleets with the right device for the right activity, all within one data plan for greater efficiency,” said Vikas Jain, vice president of product management and software as a service at Omnitracs. “As today’s truck drivers continue to perform many tasks outside of the cab, we foresee smart devices playing a complementary role alongside our ruggedized MCPs to enhance the driver experience, while ensuring optimal security for transportation organizations.”
Omnitracs’ Extended Productivity suite of applications for Android was designed in collaboration with Blue Dot Solutions, a recognized leader in mobile workforce management applications.