Southeastern Freight Lines Completes Deployment of ISE’s Electronic Driver Vehicle Inspection Reporting
LEXINGTON, S.C. (Jan. 18, 2012) – Southeastern Freight Lines, a leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has completed deployment throughout its fleet of Innovative Software Engineering's (ISE) electronic driver vehicle inspection reporting (DVIR) application to enhance safety and productivity.
Over 14,000 compliant and paperless DVIR's are being generated and certified daily. The DVIR implementation will eliminate over 9 million paper based forms annually from being created, filed, stored, and purged. ISE DVIR is a full-featured FMCSA compliant application that automates DOT required vehicle inspection reporting and record keeping. The DVIR application works as an extension to ISE's Electronic Driver Log application, which Southeastern deployed in 2010. Southeastern has already realized improved efficiency of its fleet operations by using ISE software to process over 29,000 paperless driver logs each month.
"Just as ISE did with their Electronic Driver Logs application, ISE has delivered a critical advantage to our safety and compliance with its new DVIR application, said Braxton Vick, Senior Vice President of Corporate Planning and Development at Southeastern Freight Lines. "The DVIR application is easy to use for our drivers and maintenance technicians, providing a safer work environment for our drivers and the public traveling on the roadways. We could not be more pleased with ISE as a technology partner."
ISE DVIR integrates seamlessly with the ISE Electronic Driver Logs application to optimize efficient workflow. The mobile interface automatically prompts the driver to inspect each vehicle before and after operation. Drivers select from customizable lists of parts and accessories and common defect descriptions, simplifying consistent yet detailed defect documentation.
Maintenance personnel use the web interface to review defects and deficiencies, enter notes, and certify that repairs have been made or are not needed for safe operation. When the next driver takes the wheel, the mobile application retrieves the latest defect and repair information for the power unit and current trailers, creating a reviewable DVIR for the entire vehicle combination. After reviewing the report, the driver checks one or more boxes to indicate satisfaction that the vehicle is in safe operating condition.
Adopting ISE DVIR reduces costs by eliminating the manual processing of countless three-part paper driver inspection reports. Without electronic solutions, so much paper is routed through a carrier's systems that maintenance activities can be challenging to schedule and complete in a timely manner. Real-time electronic communication of inspection reports improves safety and regulatory compliance by enabling earlier defect resolution. ISE's eFleetSuite Web application has been integrated with Southeastern's existing fleet vehicle maintenance software applications to further enhance shop automation.
"We are so satisfied with the DVIR operation that we have decided to extend the deployment to hundreds of forklifts to leverage the same eFleetSuite Web application providing consistency across the organization and further lower operating costs" Vick said.
"ISE is both pleased and honored to be chosen by Southeastern for their electronic DVIR implementation in what we believe to be the largest deployment of electronic and paperless compliant DVIR in the United States," noted ISE President Hass Machlab. "Southeastern is achieving great productivity gains and cost savings with our solution, just as they did with our Electronic Driver Logs application. With the reality of CSA and the criticality of roadside inspections, we strongly believe that DVIR and Electronic Driver Logs will enhance any fleet's efforts to improve safety and lower its CSA scores."
Southeastern has been leading in technology innovation by providing drivers with tools to make their jobs easier and safer, with the adoption of handheld computers in the early 1990s to eliminate paperwork. Today, pickup and delivery information is routed to the proper driver's onboard computer in less than 45 seconds, and drivers are audibly notified if the truck is in motion. When a pickup or delivery is made, the same system makes the information available to dispatchers, customer service and customers through Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), smart phones and text messaging.
"We are proud to say that we have the best drivers in the business," Vick said. "The addition of electronic drivers' logs and DVIR continues to add tools to provide our drivers with the latest technology to simplify their work and create a safer work environment to serve our customers even better."
About Southeastern Freight Lines
Southeastern Freight Lines, a privately-owned regional less-than-truckload transportation services provider founded in 1950, specializes in next-day service in the Southeast and Southwest and operates 76 service centers in 12 states and Puerto Rico. Southeastern has a network of service partners to ensure transportation services in the remaining 38 states, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico. Southeastern Freight Lines provides more than 99.35% on-time service in next day lanes. A dedication to service quality and a continuous quality improvement process that began in 1985 has been recognized by more than 300 quality awards received from customers and associations. Southeastern Freight Lines subsidiary, Southeastern Logistics Solutions, provides expedited service and multi-modal transportation services across the nation through strategic capacity partnerships. For more information, please visit www.sefl.com and www.facebook.com/SoutheasternFreight.
About Innovative Software Engineering
ISE is a leading full-service software development and systems integration firm providing business strategy, program management, systems engineering, software development and quality assurance services. ISE specializes in developing telematics solutions, enterprise mobility applications and custom software tailored to customers' unique needs. Customers come from a wide range of industries including communications, education, telematics, transportation and health care. More information can be found on the company's web site at www.iseinc.biz.
Scott Yates (Southeastern Freight Lines)
919-459-6452 / email@example.com
Mark Schumacher (ISE)
773-857-3346 / MarkSchumacher@iseinc.biz