Pedigree Technologies Announces Updated Fleet Communication System: Notices and Conversations

Pedigree Technologies is updating our messaging system with two new features, Notices and Conversations, to help simplify driver communication.

Conversations

The new Conversations feature is very similar to chat or text messaging, and is great for one-on-one conversations with drivers or discussions within a small group. Conversations creates a general two-way communication within the OneView system.

OneView Conversations Screenshot - July 2021

Notices

Notices is a powerful fleet communication tool that allows managers to send out special “notice” messages to any group(s) or user(s). OneView’s Notices are great for pushing info to users and/or gathering info from them – including tracking and requiring responses in a single, easy-to-use interface!

OneView Notices Screenshot - July 2021
  1. Use Notices to send announcements or documents that require a response or signature:

    • Policies & policy changes
    • HR announcements
    • Safety training documents
    • Keep viewer records:
      • Record when/if drivers or other employees have viewed specific documents or announcements.
  2. Use Notices to send a message or file to all drivers or send to multiple groups of users:

    • Safety meeting announcement
    • Any other message or document that you want drivers/employees to read (but not strike up a conversation over), including:
      • Road closures and detours, or severe weather approaching the area
    • Deadline reminders for timecard submission(s), etc.
  3. Use Notices to survey groups of employees, while keeping their answers somewhat private, as only the Notices management users will see their responses.
  4. Use Notices to announce fun things:

    • Company picnics or events
    • New hires
    • Winners of contests or goal achievements
    • Announce plans without requiring responses

Current customers will see the new messaging system roll out in the next few weeks. If your fleet needs better one-way or two-way communication, request a demo to learn more about Notices and Conversations.

Constructech Announces COVID-19 Response Top Products Awards 2021

Constructech COVID-19 Response Top Products Awards Announced

NAPERVILLE, Ill.  / July 01, 2021

Today, Constructech announces the COVID-19 Response Top Products Awards, presented to those companies that extended innovative solutions to help contribute to the success of the built environment in the face of a global crises.

COVID-19 presented an interesting dichotomy for the construction industry. While many businesses were shuttered, contractors and builders continued to work as essential employees. Still, it wasn’t that simple. Many meetings became remote, social distancing was the norm, and construction professionals needed to learn how to work in new conditions.

Like the Constructech Top Products program in the past, products were submitted for consideration and each product is entered in one of three categories: Concept (new technology concepts less than three months old), New (applications in the market for less than two years), or Trusted (products on the market for at least three years, with upgrades or enhancements).

“We have been saying it is time to focus on a ‘better normal’ for the construction industry and we recognized an emerging trend,” says Peggy Smedley, editorial director of Constructech magazine, and president of Specialty Publishing Media. “The Constructech COVID-19 Response Top Products winners are developing new or updating existing solutions to help contribute to the success of the built environment in the face of a global pandemic that was shutting down the world.”

The entries are vetted by a panel of judges, which includes the editorial team and the board of advisors. Many companies applied—but based on the ballot requirements—were unable to earn the distinction. Winners were selected based on extensive feedback of both the editors and verified users who provide their opinions based on product usage, product integration, industry experience, ease of use, usability of technology, and usefulness for long-term growth.

What has come as a result is the best products—concept, new, and updated—that have served the construction industry, during a time of need. Below is a detailed review of some of the products honored with this year’s award. Simply, while construction was an essential business; these products were an essential tool in their toolbelt.

Some of the recipients of the Constructech COVID-19 Response Top Products winners for 2021 are:

  • ALMobile Cloud from Austin Lane Technologies (Trusted Product in Commercial/Infrastructure)
  • eCMS v4.2 from Computer Guidance Corp. (Trusted Product in Commercial)
  • Eclipse from Explorer Software (Trusted Product in Commercial/Infrastructure)
  • OneView from Pedigree Technologies (Trusted Product in Commercial/Residential/Infrastructure)
  • Projectmates from Systemates (Trusted Product in Commercial)

For more information on the 2021 Constructech COVID-19 Response Top Products winners, and to see their full profiles, please check out the article at: constructech.com/top-products-2021-part-ii-a-response-to-covid-19/

About Constructech magazine
Constructech, fierce advocates for construction, connects people, equipment, technology, and data. Constructech leads contractors and builders in today’s digital transformation by leveraging information and emerging technologies, connected equipment, and must-have tools at the jobsite. constructech.com

Announcing Cab-Mate Elite: OneView ELD & Getac Tablet Solution

Getac Technology’s Model ZX70 Android tablet and Pedigree Technologies’ and OneView’s Cab-Mate ELD software are being combined in a single offering, called Cab-Mate Elite.

Directly connected to the truck, it addresses connectivity-related delays and missing data that can be seen with bring-your-own-device models, the companies say.

The Getac ZX70 tablet is engineered to survive a six-foot drop, shock, rain, vibration and dust, as well as extreme temperatures. The device can be operated with a single hand, and features a seven-inch display with a touchscreen that can be read in sunlight. It’s never been easier or more reliable to fully manage your fleet ELD data.

The Cab-Mate Elite, ZX70-based offering also comes with a hard-tip stylus and supports touch, glove, or pen modes.

Getac Technology Corporation and Pedigree Technologies announced on June 9, 2021, a joint ELD (Electronic Logging Device) solution combining Getac’s rugged Android tablet and dock, Model ZX70, with Pedigree’s Cab-Mate ELD software and other in-cab suite of solutions. For enterprises that are challenged with tablet failures, missing data, or inconsistent connectivity, Getac and Pedigree have paired up to bring long-term reliability to trucking fleets.

Plumbing the Pain Points

“A significant chunk of our ELD business comes from enterprises who were disappointed with their early ELD investment”, said Wade Wilson, CEO of Pedigree. “Customers told us about consumer tablet issues including USB connector failures, short-lived batteries, and inconsistent Bluetooth connectivity.”

This joint solution is directly connected with the truck to address connectivity delays and missing data often seen with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) offerings. “As soon as the truck is turned on and moves, ELD data is logged regardless of connectivity,” explained Wilson.

Powered by Android, the ZX70 supports Android’s standardized Google Play applications and is available with various docks and mounts for in-cab deployment in all sizes of trucks.

Ruggedization

Designed and manufactured right down to the chassis, the ZX70 is engineered to survive six-foot drops, shocks, rain, vibration, and dust. It operates at extreme temperatures, from -6°F to 140°F, and will work after being submerged in 1 meter of water. The ZX70 also offers optional certifications for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.

Outdoor Extendibility

Verified by Google as an Android enterprise recommended rugged device the ZX70 is also ideal for out-of-truck mobile productivity. Along with one-handed operation, this seven-inch display features Getac’s sunlight-readable touchscreen technology, LumiBond 2.0, offering better contrast and crisper colors. It comes with a hard-tip stylus and supports touch, glove, or pen modes and provides great battery run time.

Pedigree’s ELD Cab-Mate offering was developed with intense customer feedback, including budget and application requirements. Built on the OneView platform, it supports a full suite of comprehensive tools from ELD, IFTA, DVIR, and work orders to equipment health and driver safety solutions including cameras.