Digital Collaboration: Superhighway to Innovation and Economic Transformation

Federal and provincial governments in Canada along with the private sector are undertaking a major initiative to establish the nation as a global centre for digital transformation and innovation, generating 50 thousand jobs and boosting GDP by some 15 billion dollars over the next 10 years. 1.4 billion dollars is being committed in a collaboration of large and small companies, working together to generate solutions to some of the world’s most pressing health, productivity and sustainability issues.

Given the media attention being paid to technology and the Internet of Things today, it would be easy to assume that digital transformation throughout the Canadian economy – and elsewhere in the world – was happening quickly. But that’s not always the case.

Much of this digital transformation, of course, is taking place in the private sector, so one reason that the pace of change may be slower than we would assume is because the money to make it happen is coming from the private sector, itself. In other words, if and when corporate funds are available – and they’re not siphoned off to other projects – then investment in digital technologies can occur.

Another fundamental roadblock to speedier adoption of digital technology is a lack of leadership within a company[i]; there is often no single individual clearly in charge of leading such a project. Frequently, this is because corporate management lacks a firm knowledge and grasp of what is at stake.

Maintaining Software Integrity in Mission Critical Application

Optimus has developed rigorous standards for software testing along with a proprietary tool – the Azure Test Harness – which ensures integrity and faster time-to-market for companies rolling out applications.

For one client, a Finnish firm that provides detailed, real-time data on severe weather, like lightning strikes, for the airline industry, the ability to roll-out error-free software on a regular basis is critical.

The company frequently updated its software which meant manual testing to ensure the application remained error-free – a very time-consuming operation especially with airlines needing the latest data, instantly.

Optimus deployed an automated test framework on the Azure Test Harness which now allows the company to reduce its test cycles significantly while expanding its test coverage and maintaining the high integrity of its web-based app.

Azure Test Harness is one example of the innovative thinking Optimus is bringing to market.

It boils down to one simple fact: a failure to realize the powerful business advantages that digital technology brings to the table.

Digital Transformation Won’t Wait

International Data Corporation (IDC), a global research firm that provides marketing intelligence to technology markets, says that in 2018, only 30% of manufacturers investing in digital transformation will be able to maximize their advantages; the rest are held back by outdated business models and technology[ii].

There is one point on which even the late adapters can agree: digital transformation won’t wait.

In its 2017 budget, the federal government of Canada put forward a bold plan to supercharge innovation in the Canadian economy. The government earmarked nearly one billion dollars to be supported by money from the private sector for a combined total of 1.4 billion dollars[iii]. The money is being utilized across five “superclusters”, one of which is the digital technology supercluster.

At the Forefront of Innovation and Made in Canada

This cluster of companies, large and small – even start-ups – hails from healthcare, mining, financial services, telecom and other sectors of the economy. There are more than 270 companies that are part of the supercluster and they’ll collaborate on more than 100 projects, literally sharing talent and ideas. The goal is to generate commercial opportunities and economic prosperity that will keep Canada at the forefront of global innovation.

Optimus Information will be integrally involved, through our longstanding partnership with Microsoft, in assisting independent software vendors that are part of the digital technology supercluster as well as the large enterprise organizations that are participating. Many of the leading companies in these areas are already our clients. Optimus will offer expertise in technologies like blockchain, one of our growing areas of strength, through applications, another Optimus area of expertise.

What is exciting about this digital supercluster project is that the participants are operating at the edge of innovation, exploring and developing what’s never been done before. Optimus intends to leverage powerful AI and data analytics capabilities with which we work on a daily basis.

Optimus has breadth and depth of talent and experience in full stack and mobile development, software testing and business intelligence, data analytics and machine learning for industries from aerospace to transportation.

Contact us today to learn how we can bring value to your company and help you stay on the leading edge of innovation, as well.

How Cloud is Cooking Up Change in the Restaurant Industry

As more and more restaurant owners look for ways to cut costs, improve customer service and drive loyalty initiatives, application modernization including cloud applications, mobile apps and predictive data modelling are featuring at the top of their personal “must do” menus. Software companies and ISVs that serve the restaurant and hospitality industry are in a race to offer more, by migrating older legacy apps to the cloud and taking advantage of real-time data analysis tools to offer more features and functions to their customers – all while ensuring security and data privacy are still the “special of the day”.

Patrick Albrecht owns and operates four restaurants in Atlanta, Georgia. At one point, he says, he had tens of thousands of receipts, invoices, health department documents and payroll data stuffed into the various offices in his restaurants.

Born in the Cloud is Disrupting the Restaurant Industry

New “born in the cloud” restaurant applications are coming into the market. That is great news for restauranteurs. They will have a choice of vendors to select from – vendors who can offer new capabilities and new functionality that restaurant customers demand.

If you are a team supporting restaurant clients on an existing legacy application, you might need external help if you want to accelerate your own application modernization efforts in order to take on these new competitors.

Legacy restaurant applications, without an achievable plan in place to modernize quickly, are at risk of customer erosion.

By subscribing to [i] a cloud-based mobile app that could organize his overwhelming mountain of paperwork, he figures he’s now saving 2% each month in overhead costs from his four food operations. He can find any document in a matter of seconds and he can compare vendor delivery prices to determine who is giving him the best deal.

Albrecht is one of a growing number of smart restaurant owners who have embraced and employed some of the new cloud-based technologies to make operations more efficient and cost-effective.

Threats Abound

Restaurant chains and food companies that own various restaurant brands know how tough the business is. Competition is fierce, customer loyalty is fickle and profit margins are skinny. The difference between red and black on the bottom line is often as thin as the edge of a knife. Having the right information at the right time from POS, loyalty, vendor management and surveying systems is critical for owners who need to make decisions that can mean the difference between remaining in business and shutting the doors.

Social, Mobile and Data Drive Transformation in the Restaurant Industry

Cloud technology and third-platform innovation accelerators[ii] like social, mobile and big data are changing the landscape for the restaurant industry. Large chain firms and independent operators have experienced how mobile apps can boost business simply by making it convenient for customers to order, pay and review their experience, all with a smartphone.

For many restaurants, they have either directed their internal software developers to modify existing applications or they are looking to their existing POS vendor to do it for them.

There’s just one problem: many of these existing applications were designed long before cloud, social and mobile were part of the landscape. Moving a legacy application into the cloud while taking advantage of new functionality AND ensuring that security and data privacy are paramount is tough to do.

It requires specific skills and knowledge. Few companies can say they are masters of all the aspects needed to modernize.

What to Expect with Application Modernization

Data Available on Any Device

Restaurant owners Matt and Dianne Kraft can now check restaurant sales on their mobile phone while sitting beside a camp fire on a family vacation. “We rarely used to take vacation,” Dianne admitted. “We needed to be at the restaurant to stay on top of everything. But now we can see exactly what is happening in real time; we can even monitor problems as they happen. For example, issues that used to be buried – like a high number of orders being returned – are flagged. We can simply make a quick call to determine if it is a kitchen problem or a server problem, and by working with our manager, get it resolved quickly before customer satisfaction is impacted.

The ability to use cloud to amass multiple points and sources of data is making an enormous difference in the restaurant industry today. Cloud enables data pools to drive data analysis, unavailable before now. Restaurants can profile their customers in fine detail and then design promotions targeted specifically at them. Many legacy apps can’t achieve this sophisticated level of analytics because they weren’t written with current analytic models in mind.

Roughly 60% of consumers are making a restaurant selection – and a reservation – based on what they find on apps like Yelp and OpenTable. Because these apps are using cloud technology, the data these restaurants collect can determine booking patterns, eating tastes, the age of their customers and even their income levels. That’s valuable information for restaurant owners, who can harness this data and use it to drive promotions, communications, messages and offers.

Some cloud-based apps alert a restaurant when a customer is in the area by using what’s called geo-fencing. This creates an opportunity to immediately transmit a mobile ad to that customer.

A POS Cloud Facelift Cuts Costs, Boosts Sales

POS systems are another instance of cloud technology reducing costs.

Application Modernization – Legacy Moves to the Cloud

A large software vendor designing legacy POS applications for more than 30 years turned to Optimus when they needed to modernize their legacy POS. With more than 40,000 global customers to support, their internal IT team not only did not have the time to do the migration themselves, they also did not have the specialized expertise that this migration and design effort demanded. The results? By partnering with Optimus, this client has:

  • Reduced time-to-market and hosting costs
  • Capability to scale on demand to respond to peaks and seasonal fluctuations
  • Rolled out their new cloud app without disrupting existing customers
  • A future-proof roadmap with proximity to PaaS for machine learning, IoT frameworks, Blockchain technology and more.

According to Restaurant Insider[iii], cloud-based POS works for any size of restaurant. Updated sales, inventory, customer feedback and other real-time data can be accessed from the cloud via a mobile device, anywhere. In other words, there is no need for costly on-premises servers, holding valuable and often confidential data.

But moving your legacy application to the cloud is not as simple as a “lift and shift”. You need to assess the code base, making changes to it to take advantage of cloud services while also optimizing the application so that it runs more efficiently in the cloud.

The right upfront efforts mean greater agility and cost savings while taking advantage of trends such as machine learning and blockchain.

Mobile Ready Everywhere

mPOS is a payment system which allows customers to pay by using a mobile wallet –  simply a smartphone that contains encrypted credit or debit card information. Such a system appeals strongly to tech-smart millennials, who control more than 30% of gross income today [iv] and who eat out frequently.

When a food company fails to keep up with the capabilities that modern technology can offer, they are at risk of losing clients and profits very quickly. These restaurants will look for software vendors who can help them.

Software application companies that have legacy applications and cannot quickly make the shift to the cloud will fall behind the technology curve. Their clients will either fall behind as well or abandon them for another vendor.

Plan for Success

Because modernization technologies for the restaurant industry offer so many opportunities that you can take advantage of, it is vital to talk with a company that works in this space every day, delivering custom-tailored solutions and driving cost savings for clients.

Optimus Information delivers cloud-supported application development for the restaurant and hospitality industry. Optimus works on the leading edge and provides your company with full software development and testing, mobile development on any platform, and business intelligence designed to suit your needs and wishes.

Contact us today for more information and let us show you how we can employ our skill with cloud technology to drive your business forward.

 

[i] https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223562

[ii] https://www.idc.com/promo/thirdplatform/innovationaccelerators

[iii] https://upserve.com/restaurant-insider/benefits-cloud-based-restaurant-pos/

[iv] https://www.michaelhartzell.com/restaurant-blog/how-restaurants-can-use-mobile-payment-technology-to-increase-profits

Benefits of a Cloud-Based Point-of-Sale Solution

Traditional POS systems require proprietary servers and client machines, which are expensive to acquire, difficult to maintain, and prone to security issues, which merchants must diagnose and repair while suffering costly downtime and inconvenience for their customers. And for all that, they pay hefty upfront and monthly fees to their old-style POS provider.

Fortunately, there is another way to significantly reduce or eliminate these problems while gaining the advantages of more convenient transactions, seamless integration of your customer portfolio across the organization, lower costs and higher security. That is why businesses are switching in droves to cloud-based POS services.

Access Business Data from Anywhere on Any Device

Cloud-based POS systems offer something that traditional POS systems are simply not capable of doing. Because the system’s data is stored centrally and accessed via the Internet, all stakeholders in the enterprise get real-time access to crucial business information including customer demographics, sales, returns and inventory, which can be correlated to internal and external market trends at any time.

Furthermore, cloud-based systems are device-agnostic. Your business data is accessed via the web browser of your choice or a free cross-platform application that runs on a wide variety of devices including tablets, smartphones, PCs and laptops. No longer is the business chained to proprietary applications from their traditional POS provider for which costly licensing fees must be paid.

Anywhere you can access the Internet, you can keep tabs on the internal dynamics of your enterprise and gain access to vital business information and analytics that help you make informed, timely decisions.

Cross-Business Integrations

The best cloud-based POS systems do not require that you swap out the investment you have already made in your POS hardware, scanners, printers and cash register software. They will work with those seamlessly. Furthermore, cloud systems are especially adept at enabling tight integration with all the other existing business workflows within your organization.

Any department can be granted access to customer and transactional data. Accounting can instantly keep up with sales and purchase returns to update inventory or oversee the business supply chain. Marketing accesses the same pool of information to monitor sales campaigns and guide customer reward programs such as loyalty programs, gift cards and promotional events.

The benefits of cross-integration that a cloud-based POS architecture provide can be enjoyed equally well by both bricks-and-mortar operations and those selling via a B2C website.

Worry-free Upgrades, Maintenance and Performance Adjustments

Complicated, manual upgrades of both hardware and software are a thing of the past with cloud-based POS systems. The POS service provider invisibly ensures that your servers are backed up, configured and maintained continuously without you having to lift a finger. Any software upgrades due to OS service packs, bug fixes, virus patches or feature improvements are all handled by the POS provider at the remote server site. Updates to client-side software are minimized and infrequent and only require a few clicks at most if auto-updating is not turned on.

The POS provider also keeps track of your business’ growing hardware, storage or performance needs and alerts you to possible service upgrades well in advance of when your enterprise might be impacted. This eliminates last-minute surprises or the frog-in-boiling-water syndrome of traditional POS systems that almost imperceptibly grind to a crawl over time as your business outgrows them.

Reduced Costs and Improved Forecasting

Rather than incurring enormous upfront costs for hardware, proprietary PC application licenses and other “add-ons,” cloud-based POS systems operate on a pay-as-you-use model in which you rent their service on a monthly basis in which everything is included.

This aspect not only avoids annual upgrade fees of 18-20 percent charged by traditional POS providers but makes it easier for your business to forecast ongoing costs of the POS system. You also have the flexibility of switching providers in a competitive Software-As-A-Service market.

Eliminating Downtime

Cloud-based POS client-side applications are not brain-dead web apps that simply display whatever the back-end server dishes up. The best services provide apps that complete transactions in a timely fashion without inconveniencing customers. These automatically sync with the remote server according to Internet or server load. The best services have sufficient offline capabilities to keep going even during outages, so your business is never interrupted.

Furthermore, with traditional POS systems your business is subjected to higher risks due to system crashes, data corruption or virus attacks that must be diagnosed and repaired on-site, which probably results in a costly stoppage. Complete re-installation of your traditional POS software is not an uncommon consequence. On the other hand, cloud-based POS providers back up your business data and workflow with redundant storage and servers, so negative shocks to your revenue and customers’ satisfaction are completely avoided.

Security

A cloud service’s business reputation critically depends on being able to provide the highest levels of security for their clients and their business-critical applications. All data that flows to and from POS hardware and business devices is protected via the highest-grade 128-bit SSL encryption. Server data is sequestered and regularly backed up to protect its integrity. POS cloud providers also provide top-notch physical security and world-class virus detection and protection.

With a traditional Windows-based POS system, significant damage may be incurred to the system and customer data well before an infection is even uncovered. Furthermore, on-site POS systems are subject to physical attack, theft, accidents or weather calamities.

Thus, there is an insurance benefit to using a cloud-based POS system not the least of which is that Visa, MasterCard and AMEX all absorb the costs to customers of a compromised credit card only if the merchant uses the latest POS technology.

Traditional POS merchant systems are subject to frequent renewal due to both hardware and software breakdowns. Most of these can be traced to high costs, flagging system performance and malfunctioning, outdated software. Since it is so costly to repair such systems and merchants are loathe to repeat the experience with the same old-style POS approach, most are now evaluating the many advantages of cloud-based POS services.

Cost reductions and the ability to forgo time-consuming in-house maintenance, upgrades and performance issues are compelling reasons enough to switch to cloud-based POS services. Additionally, anytime-anywhere access to sales data, the flexibility to use any portable, mobile device plus the assurance that business-critical data is secure and always available make cloud-based POS systems the most logical, cost-effective approach.

5 Point-of-Sale Industry Trends for 2016

As the famous Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr once said, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” Regardless of that cautionary note, there seem to be at least five predictions we can make for 2016 based on current evidence about emerging trends for the digitization of point-of-sale systems and the impact on both merchant capabilities and customers’ shopping experiences.

1. Cloud-Based POS Coming on Strong

The days of expensive, proprietary, hard-to-maintain, hard-to-use, insecure, unreliable old-school POS hardware/software systems are numbered. In the coming year, watch for a significant adoption of cloud-based POS systems, especially in the U.S. where the deadline for EMV-compliant POS systems is already past and savvy merchants with old POS systems are feeling the pressure.

Increasing use of cloud-based POS will relieve merchants from high upfront costs and managing themselves all the upgrades, software glitches and downtimes of traditional POS. Those with ERP systems will be able to integrate POS data with internal business decision systems. All merchants will benefit from predictable costs, automatic data integrity preservation and the ability to access the system with a mobile device of their choice.

Most of all, cloud-based POS dovetails perfectly with customer experiences and expectations regarding tablet/smartphone interfaces, the merging of off/online shopping, e-payments and personalization of their encounters with retailers and services.

2. Tablet POS Systems Become the Norm

Tablet-based operations are displaying strong trend to replace the more costly, clunkier, non-standard interfaces of traditional POS systems over the next few to several years. Cloud-based or not, customers are showing a strong preference for tablet-based ordering and checkout and merchants love the convenience on their side as well:

  • Tablet systems with POS software already installed are less costly than traditional systems.
  • A shop’s employees are very likely already experts with tablets, so training costs are reduced.
  • Tablets take up less counter space, which is always at a premium to display impulse items at checkout time.
  • Tablets are untethered. They can be taken anywhere in the establishment or on the road to exhibitions, sales events or other customer locations.
  • Retailers are always looking for the “cool factor,” especially when it comes to encouraging business from a demographic soon to take over the Boomers in spending power: Millenials. Maybe an antique store would keep a cash register to enhance their ambiance, but few other retailers want their shop to look dated.

3. Mobile POS Starts to Take Hold

Mobile POS systems that encompass customer devices will expand significantly over the next few years. These user-friendly frameworks will streamline browsing and buying by allowing customers to shop even before they reach a bricks-and-mortar outlet and to complete their purchase, at their preference, on their own device. For one thing, this eliminate the familiar but unpleasant customer experience of being stuck in the wrong line again.

This aspect is a win-win situation as retailers end up doing more business while creating a meaningfully higher ratio of satisfied customers in the process. As long as businesses allow for checkout via device and via human interaction, they will have all the bases covered and more happy, loyal customers.

4. Digital/Cloud-Based POS Becomes a Must-Have Capability

Many, perhaps most, retailers are going to skip right over digitized, but traditional, POS systems in 2016 to cloud-based POS services on their next upgrade. Besides the many benefits of cloud-based POS mentioned previously, one of the often overlooked values of cloud POS is the ability for full integration with business analytics and decision processes.

The central-repository storage/compute server and lightweight mobile client model of cloud POS means valuable, real-time customer data can be integrated directly with financial, business development and marketing functions within the organization.

Marketing can customize individual customer shopping experiences by combining past browsing/buying behavior with real-time interactions on customer devices. With this information, they present on-the-fly promotions or loyalty discounts as they move about the store. Data can be aggregated from select groups of customers to dynamically alter inventory, product placements, staff deployments and pricing based on time, season and known buying habits.

5. E-Pay and Chip Card Accommodation Accelerates

Even though EMV chips on credit cards have been around for several years, the U.S. is the last one to the party. The deadline has already passed for merchants who are not EMV-compliant to incur charges for fraudulent purchases, but uptake is nowhere near 100 percent yet. As the implications for retailers continue to sink in, watch for a much steeper rise in the adoption curve.

The impact of the conversion on POS vendors is enormous, of course, and cloud-based POS service providers are responding with less complex, less expensive EMV-capable systems. It is a two for one opportunity as they also will accept the growing trend in eWallet payments such as Apple Pay, Google Wallet, Android Pay and soon CurrentC. There is probably no end to who can offer an eWallet system, so look for more of these from the biggest retailers.

All of these e-pay schemes currently demand the presences of near-field-communication, or NFC, technology, but equally important is for retailers to install highly secure POS systems. Cloud-based POS providers are in the best position to provide these because of their ability to automatically keep merchants updated with the latest and greatest in hardware and software security, backups, shadow servers and encryption.

It is a given that the best cloud POS vendors are going to handle both EMV migration and eWallet acceptance in one fell swoop. That single reason is why, for instance, nearly 50 percent of restaurateurs are now eagerly researching their POS upgrade options.

Several trends are coalescing around the digitization of traditional point-of-sale systems. These include the use of tablet-based interfaces, interaction with customer devices, the integration of cross-silo, business-critical information management systems with POS and the strong move toward eWallets and EMV compliance for chip-enabled debit/credit cards.

The strongest trend of all is the increased adoption of cloud-based POS systems that provides a synergistic relationship to the others. The strength of this trend derives from cloud POS’ unique benefits in terms of mobility, flexibility, capability, security and customer convenience.

Industry Spotlight: Mobile Apps Modernize Trucking Industry

The Trucking Industry Catches Up to the Digital Age

With over half of adults owning a smartphone or other mobile device, the assumption is that online technology, especially mobile app technology, has permeated every aspect of our personal and commercial lives. Yet, a few areas exist where technology is still catching on. One of these laggards has been the trucking industry, which according to TruckingInfo.net employs more than 3.75 million truck drivers in North America of which one in nine (> 400,000) are owner operators.

The most obvious area where online, mobile technology is starting to play a big role is in solving truckers’ “deadhead” problem.

When an independent trucker drops off a load, he or she heads back to home base. Without a return load, however, they are stuck with the gas and maintenance bills for that trip. Long gone are the paper and pin methods of finding loads at local truck stops, but the system still relies on brokers and manual methods to a great degree to find those loads.

Because of the inherent inefficiencies of the old-style brokerage system, drivers must share up to 30% of their gross fee to find a return load via a broker. Brokers have a vested interest to keep things as they were, but the truckers with the help of new mobile app start-ups are changing the way the game is played.

For instance, Keychain Logistics makes an app already in use by 20,000 drivers that serves as an online, automated exchange for drivers and shippers to match their respective needs. For this, Keychain takes only a 6 to 12 percent cut. Other tech companies, such as Trucker Path, Inc. are branching out from route assistance apps to creating their own shipper-carrier exchanges.

Trucking is now set to take full advantage of a digital world that promises to make trips smoother, utilize previously unused cargo space, streamline regulatory paperwork and help shippers and carriers make more money.

Driver Route Assistance and More

Trucker Path, is the most popular travel planning mobile app used in the trucking industry. It displays a route map that highlights every site of note for a long-haul trucker such as rest areas, truck stops, parking sites, truck washes, Walmart stores that allow parking, hotels, restaurants and weigh stations. It runs on both Android and iOS.

It is used by more than 200,000 drivers and boasts the most up-to-date and accurate information because the database is constantly updated by the drivers themselves. Driver rely especially on weigh station open/closed status and traffic conditions to help them forecast an accurate ETA. They also know ahead of time which are the best restaurants and hotels to stay in because other truckers on the app can leave detailed reviews.

Recently, a large Chinese social media company, Renren, invested $1.5 million in Trucker Path, which they will use to develop a new social media platform for the trucking industry. This will connect all the players including brokers, shippers, carriers and the truckers themselves. The new app augments their new mobile brokerage platform that is already released in beta with over 140,000 users.

The Uber Model Applied to Trucking

Cargomatic, has developed a mobile, local-market logistics app that matches up shippers with local, short-haul carriers who have partially loaded trucks. Think of it as the defrag app on your PC or laptop that fills in the empty spaces between files. Retailers and manufacturers utilize Cargomatic to make small shipments without the expense of hiring an entire truck and truckers make money by filling up that space.

Since everything is done online via Cargomatic’s desktop and mobile apps, they eliminate the hassle of hard copy paperwork and payments are expedited between shippers and carriers. It is ideal for small truck fleets that normally ship within a 200 mile radius. It is a great way for ecommerce retailers to get their products out to distributors, retail shops and individual customers.

Keychain Logistics, is another new tech startup designed to remove the inefficiencies in matching carriers and shippers with an app that displays between 40,000 to 200,000 load opportunities a day. They not only provide the app but have a brokerage license and carry cargo insurance to enable background checks and for completing all the necessary paperwork.

They have built up an impressive brokerage marketplace that matches fleet managers and owner-operators on loads via a variety of 3rd-party online boards. Origination and destination zip codes are all that are needed for computing the price. Their brokerage fees are half to one-third of manual brokers.

Convenience, Efficiency and Tracking Apps

In 30 states, drivers use the Drivewyze app to breeze through Drivewyze-capable weigh stations. Running from an Android or iPhone device, Drivewyze exchanges data electronically with the weigh station according to the local state’s regulations. The station can verify the driver’s credentials and history, truck weight and the truck’s operating history. Assuming no red flags pop up, the driver is free to pass through the station without stopping.

Other transportation-related apps are surfacing as the trucking industry finally comes into the digital age:

  • MercuryGate’s phone app tracks loads, reports, rates and captures sign-offs.
  • XRS Corporation logs hours-of-service, truck speed, CSA scorecards and compiles fuel and productivity data.
  • KeepTruckin provides a fleet management app that includes electronic logs, tracking information and sends out alerts if there are hours-of-service violations.

Custom Mobile Applications

Optimus Information has experience developing and testing custom mobile applications for the transportation industry. Optimus has worked with fleet management applications for GPS vehicle tracking, dispatch applications for freight management, and other custom applications.

Contact Optimus Information to learn more about our experience with transportation applications and how we can help with your next project.