EBE Technologies adds ‘image optimization’ to CMC mobile app

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The CMC mobile app from EBE Technologies links to a variety of web-based driver tools.The CMC mobile app from EBE Technologies links to a variety of web-based driver tools.

EBE Technologies, a provider of transportation-specific workflow and business process management applications, has added a number of enhancements to its Connect Mobile Capture (CMC), an alternative to in-cab, truck stop, or terminal scanning.

The company describes CMC as a fleet mobility solution that allows drivers to capture and submit documents and photos via their smartphone or tablet. The cloud-based system has integration capabilities for dispatch, training partners’ mobile applications and payroll.

The latest updates further improve image capture and optimization, the company says. An Image Optimization feature allows drivers to submit high-quality images the first time, reducing the need for company staff to call the driver to request rescans.

The optimization process now minimizes data consumption by reducing file sizes to 50-60 kilobytes, which reduces the costs associated with data plans. The process has border recognition for automated cropping prior to sending their trip documents.

With the enhancements, trucking company staff can bill in near-real-time and pay drivers more quickly, says EBE.

Contrans Corp., a major Canadian carrier with over 2,000 trucks in its fleet, has improved profitability by expediting its billing process and reducing potential for fines at the US-Canadian border.

“With EBE we reduced our monthly data charges since images are optimized and compressed before they are sent. Additionally, we have been able to speed up the billing process by as much as two weeks for our long-haul loads and our drivers are much happier with this new solution compared to our previous process,” said Darren Levine, vice president of Information Technology at Contrans Corp.

Bellavance Trucking was experiencing significant delays in their billing process prior to implementing the CMC application. The one-to-two-week lag time between delivery and billing was impacting many facets of their operation, including cashflow and customer and driver satisfaction.

“The reduction in our time-to-bill metrics since we began using Connect Mobile Capture has been impressive. Same-day billing no longer seems like a long-term goal but a reasonable expectation and a mark we plan to hit by year end,” said Ben Wilkens, director of IT at Bellavance Trucking.