Android: the platform of choice for business growth and a more streamlined operation

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As the continuous progress of Android technology grows and becomes more mainstream in business applications, it is important to be on top of the newest developments and be keen on what technology your competition is using.
 
Perhaps no other segment of the US workforce is more reliant on mobile technology than today’s 3.2 million over-the-road truckers. In fact, a survey of transporters confirms truckers’ growing dependence on mobile phones, apps and wireless services … Nearly 6 in 10 truckers are conducting more of their business through mobile phones this year compared to 2010.*
 
Although we assume that transport and logistics today have evolved into a high-technology industry, there are still a great number of facilities that conduct yard operations manually. Distribution is no longer about moving cargo over road, water or via air from point A to point B. It is now a complex process based on intelligent systems for sorting, planning, routing, and consolidating that supports faster transportation, different transportation modes, fallback scenarios in case of failures, added value services such as time sensitive deliveries, and tracing of assets throughout the supply chain or transport network-All of which can be easily managed by applications installed on an Android phone.
 
As the continuous progress of Android technology grows and becomes more mainstream in business applications, Exotrac is utilising specific adaptations for market driven needs and wants for businesses that aren’t large enough yet for a major roll-out but still desire a cost-effective system of accountability.
 
One example is how Mesko Spotting Services Inc. has done away with Nextel phones and its IDEN network and switched over to Android phones to operate Exotrac’s Yard Management System. Mesko has seen an immediate difference by getting rid of out-dated walkie-talkies and replacing them with Androids definitely saves time and increases accuracy. Now yard jockeys have the ability to schedule, perform and record several trailer moves with the press of a button. Even more, Androids are a more economic hardware making it a lower cost solution.
 
In the end, anticipating future development and the continuous need for customisation to facilitate a business to grow its profits and maintain a streamlined operation, the smart functionality and flexibility of Android technology is the best platform to build upon.
 
*Sources: http://www.prweb.com/releases/uship/mobile-app/prweb8922386.htm

Jon Donchey

Jon Donchey, COO, Exotrac

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