Initiative Eliminates Smartphone Tracking Costs for Up to 2,500 Loads a Month
CHICAGO – FourKites, Inc., the preferred provider of advanced freight tracking technology, today introduced FourKites CarrierLink, a free mobile app and tracking service for small to mid-size brokers.
Small and medium sized freight brokers, those who manage about 400-2000 truck loads per month, spend anywhere from $1 to $5 per load for tracking, depending on their volume, while many large brokers have created their own apps for tracking to avoid this expense. This can take a sizable chunk out of a small broker's revenue. FourKites is offering their mobile tracking service for free to help small and medium broker-business owners compete in the market place. FourKites is the first company to offer this service for free and hopes the industry will evolve and allow more small freight brokers be successful.
FourKites is the original, comprehensive cross-platform tracking service that aggregates data from major fleet technology providers like Omnitracs, PeopleNet, and 30 others powering the trucking industry. Delivering high-quality, high-frequency tracking updates, FourKites CarrierLink is absolutely free for brokers to track up to 2,500 truckloads a month. That's well over 100 loads per business day at no cost whatsoever. FourKites is committed to keeping this service free forever for any broker tracking 2,500 or fewer loads per month.
FourKites notes that beyond 2,500 truckloads per month, per-load charges will apply and that FourKites' aggregated ELD data service is not included in the free CarrierLink initiative.
"We're offering a top-of-the-line and robust software program for free to encourage the greatest number of users to experience FourKites' innovative platform," CEO Matt Elenjickal said, "Empowering small brokers with tracking and logistics tools normally only afforded by large firms is going to allow the entire industry to become more competitive."
To implement FourKites CarrierLink, a freight broker can sign up through the company's website at https://www.fourkites.com/brokers. FourKites will then notify drivers of the load assignment and start tracking every 15 minutes until the load is delivered.
For now, FourKites CarrierLink is available for Android smartphones only. An app for Apple iPhones is in the works.
FourKites CarrierLink offers several operational benefits to freight brokers, including geo-fencing and automatic alerts that let brokers know critical updates, such as when a load is within five miles of a delivery point. This kind of real-time information enables a broker to better service a customer by, for example, allowing time to gather an unloading crew to meet the truck and shortening the carrier's wait time.
"If you're a broker paying anything at all for load tracking using a driver's smartphone, you're paying too much," said Mr. Elenjickal.
Based in Chicago, FourKites provides real-time supply chain visibility and logistics solutions across transportation modes and digital platforms. Using FourKites, the shipper, the broker, and the carrier can share the same, real-time truck location and shipment status information - from onboard systems in the largest commercial fleets to individual owner-operator smartphones. Bypassing check calls and EDI, FourKites saves time and money across the transportation spectrum. Best of all, nothing falls through the cracks. For more information, go to www.fourkites.com.
Command center software for security and supply chain risk management professionals on display at ASIS International, DRJ and CSCMP
LANSING, Mich. – IDV Solutions, LLC, will feature its industry-leading command center software, Visual Command Center®, at security and supply chain conferences in California later this month.
The team will be on the exhibit floors helping companies take command of risk at ASIS International’s 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Anaheim, California Sept. 28 to Oct. 1. IDV will also be showcasing its technology San Diego Sept. 27-30 for CSCMP’s 2015 Annual Conference and Disaster Recovery Journal Fall World.
“These conferences are a great opportunity for us to connect with key stakeholders in the industries we serve,” said Scott Morrison, EVP of Marketing. “Our team is looking forward to sharing what’s new with our security and supply chain command center software platforms and learn how we can help companies more effectively and efficiently manage risk.”
Visual Command Center provides a real-time, common operating picture of their assets, personnel, supply chain and operations in relation to potential threats to those assets. It unites information on global sources of risk, like weather, terrorism, and natural disasters, with data from internal sources and command center systems on an interactive map and timeline. When a risk is detected near an asset or employee location, Visual Command Center automatically generates an alert and provides tools to assess whether the risk is a threat and take immediate action to mitigate the impact of the threat.
Visual Command Center has been deployed by customers in a variety of industries including financial services, manufacturing, telecommunications, energy and others to protect people and assets, ensure business continuity and develop risk resilient organizations.
The team will be in booth #567 at ASIS, #713 at CSCMP and #119 at DRJ. To schedule a time to meet with our team during these events, click here to contact us.
About IDV Solutions, LLC
IDV Solutions, LLC, helps organizations take command of risk by delivering command center software that enables organizations to protect their assets, ensure continuity of operations and optimize performance. Its Visual Command Center software is used for risk awareness and response in organizational functions such as business continuity, security, supply chain and operations to mitigate or eliminate the impact of risk. By helping organizations in the Global 2000 and government transform their command centers, they are able to excel at managing operational risk. For more information, please visit http://www.idvsolutions.com.
As a whole, small businesses are tremendous economic engines–creating jobs, stimulating growth and fostering innovation. Unfortunately, their size makes them especially vulnerable to catastrophic incidents such as fire, flood and extreme weather events, as well as to more localized problems including equipment failures, theft, and cybercrime.
Anxiety about the impact of these risks on SMB clients can keep MSPs and IT solution providers awake at night, and rightly so. The cards aren’t stacked in the SMBs’ favor. For example, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40 percent of businesses don’t reopen after a disaster, and another 25 percent fail within one year following the catastrophe. Fortunately, MSPs and IT solution providers are uniquely qualified to help their SMB clients prepare for any impending disaster, whether natural or man-made, and have the tools and processes in place to ensure that catastrophes–should they strike–don’t spell the end to the business.
Hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear a news story involving an emergency: weather catastrophes, fires, intense medical situations and occasionally the angry gunman. If any of these situations occurred in your place of work, would the staff know what to do, who to contact or where to go? And afterward, would anyone have information about how to access critical documentation and company information if the business was destroyed or otherwise unable to be open for business?
A detailed emergency response plan provides guidance for employees in the event of a disaster. Having a plan will help workers make it through the chaos and to a safe location or assist personnel in getting medical assistance should it be needed.
WASHINGTON – Disasters like floods, hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, and earthquakes are a harsh and frequent reality for much of the country. According to a recent survey conducted by FEMA, progress has been made; however, fewer than half of Americans have discussed and developed an emergency plan with their household.
Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ad Council launched a new series of public service announcements (PSAs) to encourage families to develop an emergency communication plan before a disaster occurs. An extension of the national Ready campaign, the new PSAs launch in conjunction with the 12th annual National Preparedness Month, serving as a reminder to take action to prepare for the types of hazards that could impact where you live, work, and vacation.
"The last thing you want to be worried about during a disaster is how to communicate with your family members," said Administrator Craig Fugate. "Have that conversation today. It doesn't cost a thing."
The new campaign includes English and Spanish-language TV, radio, outdoor, print and digital PSAs. Created pro bono by Chicago-based advertising agency Schafer Condon Carter, the PSAs illustrate the importance of having a family plan in the event of an emergency by showing real emergency moments and asking the question, “when is the right time to prepare?” The viewer is encouraged to develop a family emergency communication plan through the clear message, “Don’t wait. Communicate.” The PSAs direct audiences to Ready.gov/communicate for tools and resources to help develop and practice a family emergency communication plan.
“Through the Ready campaign, we’ve made a lot of progress educating and empowering Americans to prepare for all types of emergencies but there are still so many families that don’t have a plan, said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “Having these conversations is really important and can have a big impact on our families’ safety in the event of a disaster.”
“SCC is honored to work with the Ad Council and FEMA on the Ready campaign,” said David Selby, President and Managing Partner of SCC. “This new campaign provides powerful imagery and a critically important call-to-action that we hope will cause individuals and families to pay attention, lean in and, ultimately, take action.”
Localized television and radio PSAs were created and will be available for 27 states, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Washington D.C., and New York City as part of an ongoing collaboration with state and local emergency management partners. These PSAs drive audiences to their local organization’s website for resources and information pertinent to their area.
As an extension of the national Ready campaign, versions of the PSAs were created for Ready New York, a local initiative that was launched in partnership with the New York City Office of Emergency Management in 2009. Tailoring the message to the unique challenges faced by people living in New York City, audiences are directed to call 311 or visit NYC.gov/readyny, where they can find preparedness resources, including 11 Ready New York guides in 13 languages and audio format.
Managed and sponsored by the Ready campaign, National Preparedness Month is designed to raise awareness and encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses, and places of worship. National Preparedness Month is an opportunity to share emergency preparedness information and host activities across the country to help Americans understand what it truly means to be ready.
National Preparedness Month Weekly Themes
- Week 1 (September 1–5) Flood
- Week 2 (September 6–12) Wildfire
- Week 3 (September 13–19) Hurricane
- Week 4 (September 20–26) Power Outage
- Week 5 (September 27–30) Lead up to National PrepareAthon! Day, September 30
National Preparedness Month culminates with National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30 when cities and counties across the country are planning community-wide events bringing together schools, their business community, government, faith leaders, hospitals, individuals and families, and others to participate in community-wide preparedness drills and activities for hazards that are relevant to their area.
Since the launch in 2003, the Ready Campaign has received nearly $1.2 billion in donated media. The Campaign helps to generate more than 92 million unique visitors to Ready.gov. The Ad Council is distributing the new PSAs to media outlets nationwide this week, and the PSAs will run in donated time and space.
Since its beginning in 2004, National Preparedness Month is observed each September in the United States. Originally created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the campaign encourages people to make plans and preparations for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities.
While it can be argued every month is a “preparedness month” for business continuity, IT and disaster recovery professionals, September is nevertheless a good time to take stock of contingency plans and communicate important resiliency concepts to employees, suppliers and other stakeholders. Here are a few things you might consider in order to take advantage of the national focus on preparedness.
Encourage employees to have a family preparedness plan.
Business continuity plans rely on people to carry them out. The expectation is individuals will be available and willing to address the business crisis at hand. However, if the safety and security of employee’s families is uncertain, it will difficult, if not impossible, for them to focus on work-related responsibilities. Having a family preparedness plan in place will provide the employee with a measure of comfort and security, and as such, should be encouraged by the employer.
(MCT) - The night of June 26, 72-year-old Robert Miller was wading through a foot and a half of standing water in his garage despite an infection on his leg, trying desperately to salvage his belongings that were damaged in a 100-year rainstorm.
"You ain't got time to think," Miller said. "You're just running, trying to grab."
The Waverly Road resident was out of town when the 1,000-year storm hit Jeffersonville a little more than two weeks later. He said if his daughter, Karen Wigginton, and her husband hadn't come to his empty home, he would have lost his cars and countless other possessions.
(TNS) - When Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast, Georgia threw open its doors, exposing the state’s character as it improvised to help tens of thousands of needy evacuees. But the storm also exposed weaknesses and gaps in the state’s emergency operations, with lines that stretched as long as football fields and confusion about who was in charge of what.
Government and non-profit groups here say they have tackled shortcomings that hobbled their response to the huge storm a decade ago. But some systemic challenges remain that could hamper the state’s ability to handle a future disaster, according to a review by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of public records and interviews with state, local officials and non-governmental leaders.
The early response to Katrina in Georgia was plagued by communication missteps and turf battles. In particular, the region’s balkanized government made it tough to coordinate a response. The same problems, according to experts, became apparent during the 2014 ice storm that paralyzed the region.
Tropical Storm Erika came along right on cue to bring thoughts of disaster readiness on the eve of National Preparedness Month.
Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency Director Spencer Hawkins was tracking the storm last week.
"We're watching and waiting," Hawkins said. "We are watching this very closely."
Although the storm fell apart after assaulting the Caribbean, it was poised to track up through Macon and Middle Georgia.
If it had held together, Macon could have seen heavy rain, flooding and gusty winds capable of bringing down trees and power lines.
This is the 1st in a series of articles examining the “myths” of today’s Business Continuity Management industry.
In a standard, methodology-driven BCM program, much of the industry follows the RA-BIA-Strategy-Plan Development cookie-cutter path, assuming that of all of these will lead to a viable and sustainable Business Continuity Planning program. Industry ‘experts’ cling to this methodology mainly because the cookie-cutter approach is easy to follow. But, does the outcome reflect the needs of the organization?
Recovery Time Objective (RTO), as a key driver of a BCM Program, must be examined. In the early days, RTO was a useful indicator of recoverability. BCM today has evolved from IT Disaster Recovery of the 70’s – when the focus was on restoration of mainframes. Once you understood how long it would physically take to recover the mainframe, it was simple to set a Recovery Time Objective – based on that capability.