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Built-in connectivity at heart of new apps from Telogis

Oct. 28, 2015

Telogis announced a number of new products today during a keynote presentation hosted by founder Jason Koch at its annual Telogis Latitude conference in Dana Point, CA. The new apps capitalize on built-in connectivity and advanced mobile applications that connect and empower mobile workers, a theme that has run through the entire conference.

“For so many of the automotive and equipment manufacturers, building the connectivity in at the factory is happening today, and in the near future, commercial customers will be hard-pressed to find a vehicle or asset without it,” said Koch. “As an extension of vehicle and asset connectivity, Telogis is connecting the people in the field, empowering them through next-gen apps that drive higher levels of job satisfaction, end customer satisfaction, safety, productivity and efficiency.”

The new Telogis apps include:

Telogis Logbook: The Logbook app was developed to make it simple to classify mileage as either personal or business and to allow the addition of labels to organize trips by business purpose.  It was built from the ground up to support not just commercial drivers, mobile sales reps and supervisors, but people in the field that drive a vehicle for both personal and business use.

Logbook empowers drivers and field reps to more easily view and classify their completed trips with a simple swipe on a mobile device. Supervisors can easily administer classified miles, assign unclassified trips to individual drivers and generate private-versus-business mileage summaries and detailed reports for more reliable tax reporting. 

Telogis Equipment for AEMP: This app is designed to give mobile businesses that operate heavy equipment complete visibility into all of their assets – vehicles, yellow iron and people – on one login with enhanced data coming right from the OEM via the standard set by Assn. of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP).

Telogis is able to pull critical data from their unique AEMP feed into the Telogis platform including engine hours. Equipment can be activated instantly, and requires no aftermarket hardware installation.

Telogis Maintenance Connect: The Maintenance Connect app loops service centers into the connected ecosystem to enable customers to maximize uptime and prevent breakdowns by sending Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) and other mission-critical vehicle data directly to the designated service center. This allows companies to leverage connected data more easily, such as by importing standard maintenance schedules from the vehicle OEMs and sharing vehicle information with the right resources.

David Cozzens, Telogis CEO, introduced the topic of connected intelligence during the opening general session of the company’s annual conference yesterday, noting that, “Connected intelligence is about connecting vehicles, it’s about connecting assets and it’s about connecting people and the work that’s happening in the field to continually optimize and even transform how the work might be done.”

Connected intelligence, by it very definition, must be a collaborative endeavor, linking up businesses and turning formerly transactional encounters into ongoing partnerships—actual and virtual. Telogis has also used the Latitude platform to celebrate it various working relationships and partnerships. Viewed together, they help to afford a picture of just what is means to be connected in today’s transportation sector.

Here are some of the relationships that have been highlighted during this year’s conference:

* Ford Telematics powered by Telogis  “globally starting with the UK and Germany and continuing throughout continental Europe, Australia and Latin America”

Telogis also chose their annual Latitude meeting to introduce a new partnership with Element, which recently acquired GE Fleet to create a North American vehicle lifecycle fleet management system;  a new global partnership with Apple; plus the company’s entrance into a new transportation category –rail.

“What we’re talking about here is empowering the mobile workforce and what this leads to is agility – allowing companies to make better, faster, smarter decisions to be even more competitive and we’re doing this with customers across a number of different industries,” Cozzens concluded.

About the Author

Wendy Leavitt

Wendy Leavitt joined Fleet Owner in 1998 after serving as editor-in-chief of Trucking Technology magazine for four years.

She began her career in the trucking industry at Kenworth Truck Company in Kirkland, WA where she spent 16 years—the first five years as safety and compliance manager in the engineering department and more than a decade as the company’s manager of advertising and public relations. She has also worked as a book editor, guided authors through the self-publishing process and operated her own marketing and public relations business.

Wendy has a Masters Degree in English and Art History from Western Washington University, where, as a graduate student, she also taught writing.  

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