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Halifax Water – Client Testimonial

“Blank-it software has been working great.

We are waiting on an order for more tablet docking stations to be installed in our fleet before rolling it out to the rest of the crews. The configuration has been simple and straight forward. We look forward to having this installed with the rest of our crews going forward.”

Mike Duggan, IS Support Technician, Halifax Water

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U.S. Mandates Reversing Cameras in Vehicles by 2018

The National Highway Safety Transportation Agency (NHTSA) recently announced a new rule that will require vehicles built from May 1, 2018 onwards to have a reversing (also known as a “back-up”) camera. This rule will apply to all road-legal vehicles under 10,000 pounds (4.5 Tonnes).

The NHTSA cites an average of 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries from “back-up” or reversing accidents every year, and notes that children under 5 years old account for 31 percent of the deaths.

According to the rule, all vehicles manufactured on or after May 1, 2018 will have to be equipped with a rear-view camera. It also included specifics on response time after the vehicle’s transmission is shifted into reverse (2 seconds) and “linger time” of how long the camera remains active after shifting from reverse (between 4 and 8 seconds).

Introducing View-it

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View-it allows a reverse camera feed to be relayed direct to an in-vehicle computer display, thus avoiding the need for a separate display screen.

As soon as the vehicle is put in reverse the image from the reverse camera is instantly displayed on the computer screen. Once reverse is dis-engaged, the display reverts to its previous state freeing up the screen for normal use.

View-it is suitable for any vehicle fitted with a compatible camera and offers the following advantages:

  • Cost Avoidance – No need to buy an expensive reverse camera set-up. Use your existing in-vehicle computer for the reverse feed image.
  • Safety – Reduce the distraction by reducing the amount of mounted monitors in the vehicle.
  • Unobtrusive – Initializes a full-screen image containing the camera feed. When not reversing view-it is completely invisible to the user.
  • The view-it product includes software and smart cables ready for installation.

View-it is a stand-alone product that also integrates well with the Blank-it distracted driving solution and we recommend that all fleet owners consider installation of Blank-it & view-it as a vital part of their safety/OH&S obligations.

Find out more about view-it

 

Blank-it Featured on Xplore Technologies Blog

Xplore Technologies talk about the Blank-it distracted driving solution on their “Rugged XPlore Blog”.

In the article, Bob Ashenbrenner discusses the various in-vehicle distractions that drivers are subjected to and the responsibilities that employers have to keep their workforce safe on the road.

As Bob says:

So what if I told you that devices could actually eliminate our distraction from devices? Seems ironic, sure. But the fact is that your field service workers spend a majority of their time on the road in your service vehicle. They have tablets or other devices mounted practically in front of their face and it’s human nature to want to look at what’s on that screen. You have a responsibility to keep them safe on your watch, so why not fight fire with better fire and install a “Blank-it” type software coupled with motion-detecting vehicle docks on all your devices that absolutely shouldn’t be in use while driving? That protects them, you and everyone else on the road from the consequences of distracted driving.

Bob also refers to an earlier article from Motion Computing, a PDF version of which can be viewed here – Taking Aim Against Distracted Driving.

See the XPlore Blog article here

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At Blank-it, we know that driver distraction should be a primary area of concern for all drivers and employers, one that has to be addressed through policy, education and the use of technology-based solutions.

Blank-it is designed specifically to address the problem of driver distraction caused by in-vehicle computers. It is easily installed, doesn’t rely on 3rd party input such as GPS, is fully customisable for different working environments and will help businesses conform to distracted driving legislation and OHS requirements.

Find out more today at Blank-it.com – or contact us on 08 9486 7122 (if calling from outside Australia: +61 8 9486 7122).
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Blank-it Featured in Electricity Today Magazine

Blank-it and our solution partners Motion Computing have been featured in a great article in ‘Electricity Today‘ magazine.

The article, “Distracted Driving Equals Disaster” explains in detail the dangers of driver distraction for Utility companies everywhere.

Backed up with statistics and in-depth analysis, it goes on to cover measures Utility companies can take to address this dangerous and potentially very expensive problem.

Solutions discussed include the use of Blank-it to manage in-vehicle computer use and thus reduce the risks associated with driver distraction.

We think this is a “must read” article for any company in the Utility sectors.

 

Read the article online here:  Distracted Driving Equals Disaster

 

At Blank-it, we know that driver distraction should be a primary area of concern for all drivers and employers, one that has to be addressed through policy, education and the use of technology-based solutions.

Blank-it has been designed specifically to address the problem of driver distraction caused by in-vehicle computers and laptops. It is easily installed, doesn’t rely on 3rd party input such as GPS, is fully customisable for different working environments and will help businesses conform to distracted driving legislation and OH&S requirements.

Find out more today at Blank-it.com – or contact us on 08 9486 7122 (if calling from outside Australia: +61 8 9486 7122).

https://www.xploretech.com/

Blank-it safety in motion

Are Your Mobile Workers Safe?

At Blank-it, we know that driver distraction should be a primary area of concern for all drivers and employers, one that has to be addressed through policy, education and the use of technology-based solutions.

While the Blank-it solution is aimed at managing the use of vehicle-mounted computers, we are also well aware of the distraction dangers posed by the use of mobile phones.

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Research suggests that both the physical and cognitive distraction caused by using mobile phones while driving can significantly impair a driver’s visual search patterns, reaction times, decision-making processes and their ability to maintain speed, throttle control and lateral position on the road.*

Blank-it & Fleetsafer

Blank-it has teamed up with Aegis Mobility to provide your workers with the ultimate safety tool for preventing mobile phone driver distraction.

Introducing Fleetsafer® – software for smartphones and tablets that detects driving state and automatically puts the device in “safe mode” while driving. In safe mode a “curtain” blocks access to the keyboard and screen. All notifications and alerts are silenced – including incoming calls, texts and emails.

When the device detects that it is stationary full functionality is returned to the user.

Find out more about this comprehensive and vital software for the safety of your enterprise workers.

*Monash University Accident Research Center – Report #206 – 2003
Authors: K. Young, M. Regan & M. Hammer

“Do as I Say, Not as I Do” Culture Persists, says AAA

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released its annual Traffic Safety Culture report and, again, Driver distraction is one of the major areas of concern. Two key points from the report are shown below:

“Do as I Say, Not as I Do”

Distracted driving remains a concern among the American public in 2013, with 88% of survey respondents saying distracted drivers are a bigger problem today compared to three years ago. Additionally, the threat perceived from distracted driving also remains high, with 89% of licensed drivers saying drivers talking on cell phones pose a threat to their personal safety. When asked about motorists who text or email, or who check social media, drivers report feeling an even bigger danger, with 96% saying these behaviors constituted a threat.

However, the “do as I say, not as I do” attitude identified in previous years persists in 2013, with perceived threats and social disapproval not fully translating to on-the-road behavioral choices. A percentage nearly identical (67.3%) to the proportion of drivers who disapprove of hand-held cell phone use admits to talking on the phone (of any kind) while driving in the past 30 days. Moreover, over a quarter say this happened fairly often or regularly.

For texting and emailing, more than a third of licensed drivers admit to reading messages in the past 30 days, and a quarter typed or sent them.

Perception of “Hands Free” as “Risk Free”

The 2013 survey responses indicate that the general public continues to believe that hands-free technologies are safer than their hand-held counterparts; is more likely to find their use acceptable compared with the use of hand-held devices; and is less supportive of countermeasures that restrict their use by drivers than of efforts to limit hand-held devices behind the wheel.

This general public perception has been matched by a proliferation of increasingly-sophisticated speech-based infotainment and communications systems in new  vehicles – many of which are marketed as safe by virtue of being hands-free – as well as a lack of legislative or regulatory action against driver use of  hands-free technologies. However, as we have reported previously, a study by the AAA Foundation and the University of Utah and other studies, challenged the public perception, and concluded that “hands-free” doesn’t mean “risk-free” due to the effects of cognitive distraction.

To view the whole report, see here.

At Blank-it, we know that driver distraction should be a primary area of concern for all drivers and employers, one that has to be addressed through policy, education and the use of technology-based solutions.

Blank-it has been designed specifically to address the problem of driver distraction caused by in-vehicle computers and laptops. It is easily installed, doesn’t rely on 3rd party input such as GPS, is fully customisable for different working environments and will help businesses conform to distracted driving legislation and OH&S requirements.

 

For the Better – The World’s First Attention Powered Car

The RAC in Western Australia have launched a new campaign to target Distracted Driving.

The campaign, called “For The Better“, has its own website and series of videos following the progress of a very interesting project – the World’s first “Attention Powered Car”.

As their website states:

WA has the worst road state fatality rate in Australia, but we used to have one of the best. Did you know one of the biggest and least talked about killers on our roads is driver inattention? To do something about it, RAC created the world’s first Attention Powered Car. But you can only learn so much on a test track, so we took the car on a road trip through southern WA and the Wheatbelt with nine local drivers to test the road safety issue of inattention. This was the world’s longest inattention road test at over 1,100 kilometres. But this is just the beginning for the Attention Powered Car – we have finished the road trip, but now will conduct further experiments at the RAC Driving Centre to really delve into specific inattention issues and start testing some solutions. 

You can watch the series of videos following this experiment here: http://forthebetter.com.au/

More information about distraction legislation in WA can be found here: http://www.ors.wa.gov.au/Road-Safety-Topics/Road-Issues/Distractions.aspx

At Blank-it, we know that driver distraction should be a primary area of concern for all drivers and employers, one that has to be addressed through policy, education and the use of technology-based solutions.

Blank-it has been designed specifically to address the problem of driver distraction caused by in-vehicle computers and laptops. It is easily installed, doesn’t rely on 3rd party input such as GPS, is fully customisable for different working environments and will help businesses conform to distracted driving legislation and OH&S requirements.

 

Introducing view-it

view-it-improved-06-for-blogThe clever folk at Blank-it have created a new product – called ‘view-it’ – to work seamlessly in vehicles with reverse cameras fitted.

View-it allows the reverse camera feed to be relayed direct to an in-vehicle computer display, thus avoiding the need for separate display screens:

  • As soon as the vehicle is put in reverse the image from the reverse camera is instantly displayed on the in vehicle computer screen;
  • Once reverse is disengaged, the display reverts to its previous state freeing up the screen for normal use.

What the driver sees:

  • When driving around normally, you don’t know it’s there
  • When reversing, you get an instant full-screen video feed

View-it is a stand-alone product that can work on its own, but also integrates well with the Blank-it distracted driving solution and we recommend that all fleet owners consider installation of Blank-it as a vital part of their safety/OH&S obligations.

Blank-it has been designed specifically to address the problem of driver distraction caused by in-vehicle computers and laptops. It is easily installed, doesn’t rely on 3rd party input such as GPS, is fully customisable for different working environments and will help businesses conform to distracted driving legislation and OH&S requirements

Mobile Device Fines Top $10Million Per Month

Cost of Distracted DrivingFederal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Fines Surpass $10 Million Per Month.

Further proof that employees who use cell phones or other display devices while driving pose significant financial liability to their employers.

According to FMCSA data (compiled by Peoplenet) there has been a steady and growing increase in the fines issued to truck drivers and carriers for violations of regulations that prohibit use of hand held devices while driving commercial vehicles.

The monthly fines issued to date in 2013 are:
Jan: $1,614,250
Feb: $4,081,000
Mar: $6,688,000
Apr: $10,070,500

The message should be clear: Drivers and carriers who ignore these rules can expect to pay a significant financial penalty, quite apart from the safety and OHS issues associated with distracted driving and any legal consequences that may arise through distraction related accidents.

Employers who are pro-active will use technology to promote safe and legal use of mobile devices while their employees are driving on the job. As part of that technology solution, Blank-it is the best way to address distraction issues relating to computer use in the vehicle or cab.

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At Blank-it, we know that driver distraction should be a primary area of concern for operators of fleets of all sizes, and one that has to be addressed through policy, education and the use of technology-based solutions.

Blank-it has been designed specifically to address the problem of driver distraction caused by in-vehicle computers and laptops. It is easily installed, doesn’t rely on 3rd party input such as GPS, is fully customisable for different working environments and will help businesses conform to distracted driving legislation and OH&S requirements.

 

Study Shows Computers Bigger Distracted Driving Issue than Cell Phones for Fleet Managers

We have often stressed the point that driver distraction is about much more than cell phone use and texting. A recent study shows that our message is getting across to fleet managers and companies wishing to protect themselves and their employees.

According to Automotive Fleet magazine, an internal study by Cellcontrol found that more than 50% of inquiries from fleet managers showed that they were more concerned with laptop and tablet use while driving than cell phone use.

These inquiries included fleets in a range of industries, including professional services, energy, and transportation services.

“Mobile devices like tablets and laptops are one of the most overlooked products when it comes to distracted driving and more attention and enforcement should be considered by businesses that have mobile employees, regardless of whether or not they’re using a company owned vehicle,” said Kevin Coppolino, Vice President Corporate Development. “These types of mobile devices not only take a driver’s complete attention off the roadway, making them more of a distraction than a cell phone, but can also become a projectile in an accident, causing additional injuries if the devices are not properly secured.”

This reflects the growing dependence on computer use for mobile workforces, and is a reminder of the obligations that employers have to make a mobile workplace safe and compliant.

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Blank-IT has been designed specifically to address the problem of driver distraction caused by in-vehicle computers and laptops. It is easily installed, doesn’t rely on 3rd party input such as GPS, is fully customisable for different working environments and will help businesses conform with distracted driving legislation and OH&S requirements.