NASHVILLE. In-cab document scanner manufacturer iGlobal LLC said it’s wrapped up an integration effort with McLeod Software that ties its suite of mobile data terminals (MDTs) into McLeod’s LoadMaster enterprise dispatch software via iGlobal’s symphony mobile communications interface.
“With this integration, we’re giving our mutual customers a complete mobile office,” noted Eric Bauer, president of iGlobal, during a press conference here at the 2015 Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) annual meeting.
Founded in 2002, iGlobal’s MDTs are built in Ohio and cost from $799 to $1,499 depending on the scanner type and software included within the device.
Scanner options for iGlobal’s MDT system include: The Edge, which is a “fully rugged” PC; the Edge Lite, which is a consumer-grade PC/scanner; and the Journey, which is a dash-mounted MDT.
Bauer added that monthly charges for document scanning and transmission services typically run about $30 per month.
“Our device is really designed to take the stress out of getting documents from the truck cab back to the office,” he explained. “It’s fully automated: drivers just insert the documents and they are scanned and sent. There are no buttons to push.”
Bauer noted that McLeod customers using the iGlobal fleet management system will now be able to get automated position updates, two-way text messaging with canned and customizable forms, real time electronic driver log status, along with auto arrival and departure updates.
McLeod’s DocumentPower Enterprise customers will also have instantaneous access to critical billing and payroll documents scanned through iGlobal’s in-cab device, Bauer added.
“We know that any company looking to replace its current in-cab system or implementing one for the first time relies heavily upon the ability of their drivers and back office personnel to send and receive updated information throughout the day,” he said – noting that the added visibility to current available driver hours of service (HOS) data within LoadMaster allows customers to use its “driver feasibility” feature to improve driver load assignments, maximize driver utilization and reduce late deliveries.
“We know that two of the top reasons drivers leave a carrier revolve around disputes over pay and disputes with dispatchers,” Bauer added. “This system addresses both of those areas.”