The trucking industry is growing more and more competitive every day.
In the first quarter of 2011, three of every four drivers found new jobs or left the industry entirely—meaning it’s hard to find great talent and even harder to keep it. You compound that with the public availability of CSA scores—which makes securing contracts with shippers potentially more tenuous— and rising fuel costs, and the result is an industry-wide scramble for competitive advantage.
Many trucking execs, fleet managers and owner-operators have come to the conclusion that now is the time to adopt an electronic onboard recorder (EOBR) solution in order to identify and retain their best drivers, improve their CSA scores and manage their fleets for greater profitability—all using the data analytics an EOBR provides.
How about you?
Some within the industry struggle with the average $1,700/truck capital cost of the traditional, fixed-EOBR systems. For those, the affordability and flexibility of Xata Turnpike, which captures data through mainstream mobile devices, makes it an attractive option.
So, the question then becomes, what device do I need to make this a workable option for me?
Well, as it happens, 34 mobile devices are already Xata Turnpike-certified, with more and more coming online every day. From simple flip phones to more sophisticated smartphones and tablet computers, there’s sure to be a mobile device that fits both your needs and budget.
Using the Mobility Matrix, you can filter by category to narrow your field of choices, including:
• Carrier—AT&T, Sprint and Verizon
• Manufacturer—BlackBerry, Motorola, Samsung and others
• Device type—from flip phones and rugged devices to smartphones and tablets
• Operating System—Java, WinMobile, and Android
• Features—like QWERTY keyboard, WiFi, camera, barcode scanner and more
Images of available mobile devices and additional product specs can help you further refine your options.
I hope you’ll take a look. You may even discover that the phone you’re carrying in your back pocket is Xata Turnpike-ready.