Navman Wireless automates field reporting for fleet vehicles

Navman Wireless has announced the addition of industry-first field reporting capabilities to its OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking system, enabling employees to complete pre-populated electronic forms from vehicles on job sites instead of filling out reports by hand or PC.

The new feature enables data to be quickly captured from service vans, school buses, construction equipment, government cars and other vehicles from the road and automatically integrated into the OnlineAVL2 software, eliminating manual data entry as well as providing near-real-time availability.

With the new enhancement to the OnlineAVL2 platform, forms pre-loaded with information such as job ID, location, time and customer contact can be generated with a click and displayed on the Navman Wireless M-Nav 760 dispatch/messaging/GPS navigation unit in each driver's vehicle. Drivers can fill in the required information and return each completed form simply by touching the M-Nav screen, making the data easily accessible to the back-office OnlineAVL2 software for reporting purposes.

Forms can be created and customized to the fleet's needs from the OnlineAVL2 interface with a few clicks, including defining the form structure, fields and actions such as linking one form to another based on driver response.

"Automating field reporting in a fleet environment saves time that would otherwise be spent writing notes and reports by hand for later data entry by someone in the office," said Renaat Ver Eecke, vice president and general manager, Navman Wireless North America. "Our new electronic form functionality makes OnlineAVL2 the first fleet tracking platform to streamline the process by feeding the forms to vehicles while they are actually on the job site."

Other upgrades in the new Version 10.2 of OnlineAVL2 include the option to display graphically realistic icons for different types of vehicles (cars, vans, pickup trucks, long-haul trucks, etc.) for easy dispatcher identification on the system's real-time fleet location maps; the ability to disable system data for specific users at specific times such as non-working hours to protect their privacy; and new asset usage reports specifically designed for monitoring construction equipment.

OnlineAVL2 is delivered under the Software-as-a-Service model with no major in-house software installation or maintenance required.