New access to vehicle inspection data

A new systems integration designed to provide maintenance facilities with real-time pre- and post-trip inspection results and remote vehicle diagnostics was announced yesterday by Zonar and TMW Systems

A new systems integration designed to provide maintenance facilities with real-time pre- and post-trip inspection results and remote vehicle diagnostics was announced yesterday by Zonar and TMW Systems.

Thanks to the new linkage, carriers will be able to use TMTs Fleet Maintenance Software from TMW Systems to access Zonar vehicle inspection data to help identify and prioritize repairs, pre-order parts, schedule service and automate work order processes.

According to the companies, this integration provides a seamless process from data collection to service repair. The data fueling the integration is from two of Zonar’s solutions. The Electronic Vehicle Inspection Report (EVIR) system automates and verifies pre- and post-trip inspections. EVIR complies with all USDOT mandated pre-and post-trip vehicle inspection regulations, as well as OSHA and MSHA equipment inspection requirements.

Zonar’s V2J High-Definition GPS & Vehicle Diagnostics System is designed to provide next-generation GPS capabilities combined with real-time delivery of vehicle condition and performance data in one device.

“For over a decade, Zonar has provided fleets with innovative tools for simplifying fleet operations, improving regulatory compliance and increasing efficiencies,” said Chris Oliver, vice president of sales & marketing for the company. “The new integration with TMW Systems’ TMT software is an exciting milestone that provides fleet and maintenance decision makers with a new level of vehicle data and operational automation within one proven user interface.”

“TMW Systems is focused on continually increasing the automation and business value our fleet maintenance customers receive with our software,” said Mike August, senior vice president and general manager of the Asset Maintenance group at TMW Systems. “With the integration of data from Zonar devices, our customers can access a wealth of information regarding the health of their fleet vehicles.”

Good vehicle maintenance has become an issue of even greater concern for fleets since CSA.

“CSA is certainly top of mind for everyone,” Monica Truelsch, director of marketing for TMW told Fleet Owner in an interview earlier this month. “We have been providing a free CSA application to customers since last year. This year, customers are looking at how they want to have that data integrated to dispatch, maintenance, the back office and so on. It is still evolving. [As a result], we are seeing a lot more development and more product capabilities from our communications suppliers around equipment monitoring, driver monitoring and hours of service.”

In August, Zonar also announced that all 2012 Freightliners equipped with Detroit Diesel engines will include Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) Virtual Technician, developed for DTNA by Zonar, as standard equipment.

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