OnTrack – the easiest and the best applications for drivers
Let’s take a look at how communication between the dispatcher and the driver on the road takes place using the TrustTrack platform – one of the leading telematics systems in the world. The heart of the platform is the main TrustTrack software installed on computers in the headquarters. It communicates with the OnTrack mobile apps operating within the platform, which each driver can download to their device, smartphone or tablet. It is worth mentioning that the developers and designers working for Ruptela, which created TrustTrack, were well aware of the specificity of drivers’ work. That’s why the app intended for them is light, with a legible and straightforward design, functional, but also devoid of complicated functions and unnecessary goodies. Its task is simple – to provide the driver with the most essential information. What kind of information? First of all, those that come from the HQ, from the dispatcher, whether in the form of new tasks, additional information to them, transferred files or simple text messages. Secondly – data on how to travel the designated route and what to expect along the way, i.e. reliable GPS navigation. In addition to that, it is also supposed to work the other way around. For example, transmit messages from drivers straight to the base – primarily those regarding the progress of the route.
On the route marked on the OnTrack app map the driver will find blue and white points – the blue ones have already been visited by the driver, and the white ones are the those, that the driver has not reached yet. The dispatcher can see the same route status in the database in his TrustTrack plaftorm. Under the “More” button in the OnTrack application there’s also additional information and notes for the driver regarding the order sent by the dispatcher.
Chat, pics and eco-driving
Aside from the tasks screen, drivers can also chat with the dispatcher via the in-built messenger. It has been equipped with valuable functions. It allows you to send files up to 3 megabytes in various formats, including the popular Word, Excel, as well as PDF and graphic files. This is a remarkable convenience, especially with all the confusion with documents – thanks to this, the driver can easily send scans of cargo receipts or invoices for accommodation or fuel with two clicks. All messages and files can be read and saved by the dispatcher directly in the TrustTrack platform. No additional software is needed. To make it even easier for the driver to upload image files, OnTrack is equipped with a photo capture module, also available directly from any application screen. Thanks to this, the driver can quickly send pictures to TrustTrack, which are e.g. proof of delivery of cargo (even signed documents or photos of unloaded cargo), and the dispatcher in the database can send them further to an impatient customer. Interestingly, the driver application has also been equipped with an Eco-Drive module available after selecting the three dots icon in the upper right corner. This is where the driver can track his progress in economical driving with the help of vehicle parameters such as hard braking and acceleration cases, fuel consumption, etc.
The application designed this way fulfils two tasks – it equips the driver with the necessary information in real-time (changes in tasks or information from the dispatcher appear in the application the same second they are sent from the base), and at the same time, it does not distract while driving and allows the driver to focus on driving fully. The functioning of the application as part of the TrustTrack platform is its great advantage. Thanks to this, the dispatcher in the base can check the status of the driver and his progress literally every second, but also, the driver has a complete package of information at all times and is not left to himself. Efficient two-way communication means that there are fewer surprises when travelling long distances. Because of that, subsequent tasks are less stressful, and your clients are pleased to see everything going smoothly.