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Trend 2: Increased productivity through BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

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Another trend in Fleet Management is that more and more companies let their users use devices they have brought in themselves (BYOD). A wider definition of the term is used for companies that purchase devices such as mobile phones and tablets that the employees use at work.

There are several reasons why BYOD now increases in popularity. BYOD means that employees use the same or similar devices that they use in their spare time. This may, according to studies done in the area [Source: Berg Insight], lead to higher efficiency because employees handle operating systems and hardware as they are used to more efficiently than specific business solutions.

 

Within Fleet Management there are additional benefits with BYOD. Perhaps the most important one is of an economic nature. Purchasing fixed monitors and hardware to be physically installed in a large fleet entails costs for installation and reduced revenue when the vehicles are stopped during the installation. Instead, giving drivers a mobile phone or tablet and downloading the FMS software is a cost efficient and convenient way to get started quickly.

 

Drivers get higher productivity with Vehco Fleet Management on mobile device

Choosing BYOD instead of a fixed system does not mean that you are automatically missing out on functionality, especially in cases where the use of a solution with similar or the same type of software is deployed on the BYOD device as in a fixed system. This also assumes that the solution can be run independently in the phone/tablet or connected to the vehicle via an onboard computer (when you want the driver to have access to data from the vehicle and the tachograph). In addition, BYOD opens up the possibility of using the existing features of the mobile phone and tablet, such as the camera, reminders, the calendar and an email client. Further, the BYOD-unit can also be used for other applications that the driver can benefit from. Examples may be access to customer portals, company intranets, and Google Maps. However, there are some challenges with BYOD that transport companies have to deal with. In part, it is important to keep track of data traffic so that drivers do not use apps that consume too much data traffic (eg, Youtube) and thus cause unwanted traffic charges. There is also a risk that applications are downloaded that cause the FMS software to not work optimally or that the storage on the devices becomes full. BYOD is recommended for companies with relatively IT-mature drivers who are used to managing phones and tablets.

An alternative to BYOD could be to use a mobile solution that is “locked down”, i.e. where the ability to download external applications is limited. Vehco offers such a solution through Vision Mobile which is an android-based display equipped with camera and modem that can be used outside the vehicle. The tablet is "locked down" to prevent drivers to download third-party apps. The purpose is to limit the cost of data and the risk of unwanted apps downloaded to the device. 

Higher productivity for drivers with Vehco on BYOD

As a summary, FMS-software that is installed in mobile devices (through BYOD) offers today often a sophisticated solution where drivers have access to a large amount of data and features.

 " Today, we are to some extent working with BYOD-devices with Android system. The long-term plan is clearly to go in that direction because it has many advantages. Among other things, the system is easy to handle, something that drivers appreciate a lot " - Vehco customer in Sweden

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