Walmart uses Platform Science hardware for new driver application

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Technology news and briefs for the week of June 26, 2022:

Walmart integrates driver workflow app with Platform Science tablet

Walmart’s private fleet has adopted telematics provider Platform Science’s interactive tablet device in each of its cabs. The retailer’s recently developed driver workflow application NTransit is integrated with the device.

The company has implemented two technology tools that work together to provide real-time visibility to the day-to-day operations of its network of more than 12,000 drivers as part of its retention efforts.

The customized, onboard computer system provides near real-time visibility of where its assets are within the fleet to ensure freight arrives on time and in the correct location so stores can anticipate load arrival times and effectively plan their days and labor around truck deliveries; enhanced communication with stores by integrating with store applications, providing a more seamless delivery process with the use of geolocation technology that detects a driver’s location and sends push notifications to store associates’ handheld devices as the driver approaches; productivity and retention by using the integrated system to coordinate scheduling and navigation without drivers having to key it in and by removing manual touchpoints to create a frictionless workflow so drivers can spend more time driving the truck and less time waiting at fulfillment centers or stores.

The new system allows drivers to communicate what they accomplished on the road so they are compensated for any miles and non-driving activities beyond what was initially planned.

CalAmp offers assured Techmatics ELD

IoT company CalAmp is now offering assured Techmatics’ apollo electronic logging device to commercial and public fleet operators to enable them to capture and log critical data necessary for regulatory compliance.

Apollo ELD allows drivers to manage their hours-of-service logbooks, vehicle inspection reports, fuel usage records and receipts. CalAmp’s edge computing device connects to the in-cab tablet and provides information critical to support state-by-state and cross-border regulatory rule requirements. ELD data will be integrated with other tractor, trailer and cargo insights and accessible through CalAmp’s portfolio of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions.

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CalAmp offers the apollo ELD with bundled or standalone subscription services, including HOS, DVIR and/or International Fuel Tax Agreement Compliance.

Apollo ELD has been approved by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for interstate and intrastate commerce across North America by a third-party body accredited with the Minister of Transport for Canada and by the Secretary of Communication and Transportation for Mexico.

Pryme, Streamwide partner on PoC communications

Mobile communication accessories manufacturer Pryme has partnered with software developer Streamwide to provide more streamlined collaboration and enhanced push-to-talk over cellular (PoC) communications for industries in both the public and private sectors.

Streamwide offers its Team on mission (TOM) and Team on the run (TOTR) platforms. The TOTR platform works for commercial applications in fleet management, among other industries, and is designed to keep teams connected and help solve organizational challenges.

“Our goal is to help expedite and enhance communications. Pryme’s wireless PTT buttons and remote speaker microphones make it possible for users to immediately activate TOM or TOTR and communicate without having to hold a phone or tablet or touch a screen,” said Dave George, president and chief technologist at Pryme.

Angel Coker Jones is a senior editor of Commercial Carrier Journal, covering the technology, safety and business segments. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and kayaking, horseback riding, foraging for medicinal plants and napping. She also enjoys traveling to new places to try local food, beer and wine. Reach her at [email protected].