In an effort to maximize delivery services and improve safety, Shamrock Foods, www.shamrockfoods.com, is partnering with XRS Corp., www.xrscorp.com, (formerly Xata Corp.) to implement its Mobile API (application programming interface) for use in its 500 truck fleet.
The new interface is designed to help Shamrock Foods improve customer service, comply with FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Assn.), www.fmcsa.dot.gov, requirements, and leverage technology investments across the board. Handheld devices will run the application to record compliance and truck performance data in conjunction with proof of delivery applications provided by SAE (Systems Application Engineering, www.saesystems.com.
FMCSA Hours of Service compliance data will be recorded via the SAE application interface. That program used XRS’ Mobile API to simplify switching between the XRS electronic driver logs and SAE’s Driver Pro System used by Shamrock for its proof-of-delivery solution.
By using the Mobile API, Shamrock officials believe their fleets will be more safe and compliant than with on-board computers. “We evaluated traditional on-board computers and were dissatisfied with the expensive hardware, limited ability to build custom workflows, and mobile as an afterthought,” says Johnny Mullins, transportation manager for Shamrock Foods. Mullins adds XRS will also help Shamrock leverage current technology investments in handheld devices and proof-of-delivery applications, and guarantee optimization of such things as fuel management, idle-time monitoring, and driver productivity.
The XRS platform is capable of running on 50 different mobile devices and automatically transmits data from the vehicle and operator to a management dashboard, which allows for compliance with the upcoming mandate on electronic logging devices. Each XRS package comes with an XRS Relay in-cab device designed to communicate with a driver’s smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth.
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