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SAICA latest to realise safety benefits of Blank-it

We are pleased to announce that another large-fleet company has recognised the benefits of Blank-it in the fight against driver/operator distraction.SAICA | Blank IT

SAICA Pack, part of the SAICA international group, have purchased over 300 Blank-it units for use in their fleets of fork-lift vehicles servicing SAICA Pack warehouse and distribution facilities across the UK & Europe.

We would like to thank SAICA for their pro-active approach to workplace safety.

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

Blank-it is built 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 and is customisable for different working environments to help businesses conform to distracted driving legislation and OH&S requirements.

 

Blank-it Featured in “Business News” Article

Business News has published an article on Blank-it‘s continued growth into the U.S. fleet market and the growing emphasis on its use in Warehousing type environments.

Philip Little, founding director of the company, describes the increased awareness of Driver Distraction issues in the United States and the subsequent interest in the innovative solution offered by Blank-it.

The article also covers the increasing use of Blank-it in work-site environments such as warehousing and mine sites. Blank-it is the ideal computer management solution for forklift operators and the forthcoming Next Generation model will provide even more flexible and robust solutions for warehouse and road fleets of all sizes.

View a PDF version of the article here:  Blank-it Business News Article

Original article (registration required): http://www.businessnews.com.au/article/Safety-in-motion

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 Safety in Motion

 

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).

No charges for Deputy who killed Cyclist while Driving Distracted

deputy-napster-distractionCalifornia prosecutors have decided NOT to file charges against a sheriff’s deputy who struck and killed a prominent entertainment attorney and former Napster executive with his patrol car last year.

Deputy Andrew Wood was reportedly distracted by his mobile digital computer when his patrol car drifted into the bike lane, allegedly typing an email at the time he ran over cyclist Milton Olin Jr.

Prosecutors said in a letter cited by Los Angeles Daily News that because Wood was acting within the course of his duties when typing into his computer, criminal charges are not warranted.

Under current legislation, law enforcement officials are allowed to use electronic wireless devices while carrying out their duties. However – the victim’s family have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Department and accused Wood of negligence and an online petition has been launched on Change.org demanding that charges be brought against the deputy.

While typing an email on his computer, it is alleged that “Wood briefly took his eyes away from the road precisely when the narrow roadway curved slightly to the left without prior warning, causing him to inadvertently travel straight into the bike lane, immediately striking Olin.”

Online stories reporting the decision have prompted many comments demanding that action be taken and/or the law changed e.g. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2736376/Deputy-killed-former-Napster-COO-drifting-bike-lane-distracted-laptop-NOT-face-charges-answering-work-related-email.html

 

This is just the type of situation that Blank-it is designed to prevent

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.

Blank-it also makes it possible to disable input from keyboard or touchscreen to prevent this type of incident happening.

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

A Distracted Driving Crash Investigation

We thought this was an interesting video to post. It follows the progress of a U.K.Police investigation into the cause of a horrific accident which involved in-cab distraction.

The video begins with a view and description of the crash scene, and shows the awful damage caused to one of the vehicles involved.

It then goes on to trace the Police investigation as it became clear that distraction caused by using a mobile device was a major factor in the crash.

This is just one example of these distraction-related crashes, but it gives a good insight into the investigation process and also the sometimes tragic consequences of driver distraction.

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).

 

Motion Computing – Tips to Transform your Fleet Vehicles

One of our Solution Partners, Motion Computing, have put together a useful article on their blog entitled “3 Tips to Transform your Fleet Vehicles from Functional to Phenomenal”.Motion Computing logo

The piece introduces three steps to help any organisation with a mobile workforce ensure that their fleet vehicles can operate as safe and productive “mobile offices”. The article makes specific mention of how Blank-it is a vital part of any effective and safe fleet solution.

Take a few minutes to read the article here: http://www.motioncomputing.com/us/blog/post/3-tips-to-transform-your-fleet-vehicles-from-functional-to-phenomenal

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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 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).
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Blank-it adds Xplore Technologies as a Solution Partner

We are pleased to announce a partnership with a new Solutions Partner, Xplore Technologies.  This partnership provides an integrated solution to improve safety by eliminating distractions while operating heavy machinery in warehousing and distribution operations.Xplore Techologies | Blank IT

Xplore’s ultra-rugged tablets are employed by the world’s largest fleets indoors and out. Blank-it’s technology provides an easy and safe option to manage vehicle displays and address driver distraction. The Xplore and Blank-it solution can be used in various environments that benefit from rugged technology, including warehousing and distribution.

 

“Distractions from mobile devices while driving is not limited to automobiles,” said Mark Holleran, President and Chief Operating Officer for Xplore Technologies. “Fork lifts, cranes, garbage trucks, even bulldozers are using cab-mounted tablets as productivity tools, making motion-safety technology a critical component of an accident-free workplace.”

To prevent tampering, Xplore developed a secure cover to lock the Blank-it hardware dongle to the vehicle mounted tablet.

The Blank-it integrated solution is available with Xplore’s ultra-rugged F5 product series.

About Xplore Technologies®

Xplore Technologies Corp. has been a leading global provider of truly rugged tablets since 1998. With nearly 90,000 deployments, Xplore tablets are among the most powerful and longest lasting in their class, withstand nearly any hazardous condition or environmental extreme, and feature competitive pricing and significant ROI. The company’s products are sold on a global basis, with channel partners in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific. Xplore Technologies’ tablets are deployed across a variety of industries and sectors, such as energy, military operations, manufacturing, distribution, public services, public safety, government, and other areas with hazardous work conditions. For more information, visit the Xplore Technologies website at www.xploretech.com.

Blank-it now proudly operates with two official Solution Partners, in Motion Computing and Xplore Technologies.

 

 

New Connecticut Laws Toughen Approach to Distracted Drivers

Cost of Distracted DrivingThe state of Connecticut recently signed into law two bills aimed at Distracted Drivers – laws which introduce new penalties and conditions that will impact drivers and employers.

There are some particular features in these new laws that will increase their impact:

  • They change distracted driving citations to a ‘moving violation’, putting it on the list of serious traffic violations and assigning it points.
  • They allow for the offence to appear on the motor vehicle record of the driver and be available to car insurance companies to use when calculating rates for an insurance policy. A fine is a one-time payment, but an auto insurance company can raise your rates for three years, or more, for a moving violation such as this.
  • The laws make it illegal for motorists to use their handheld device when behind the wheel – including when the car is sitting motionless. That means drivers may not use their mobile devices even when stopped at a light or stuck in traffic. Presently, a motorist must be driving (car in motion) to be ticketed.

It is likely that we will see more of this type of legislation brought in, together with the associated tougher financial penalties, that can have much more impact than a one-off fine. This is something that will impact drivers and employers.

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.

Fatal Distraction – Australian Newspapers Launch Pledge Campaign

fatal-distraction-01News Ltd papers in Australia have launched a ‘pledge’ campaign highlighting the death and injury toll associated with driving and texting.

Under the heading “Please put the phone away: how one text at the wheel can kill” the campaign aims to increase awareness of the dangers of driving and texting.

The News Limited analysis of police, court and coroner’s records reveals text wreck victims over the past decade include drivers, their passengers, other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

According to the article, the mounting death toll has prompted a coalition of grieving relatives, road safety groups, mobile service providers and others to unite in a bid to stop such accidents.

They are urging News Limited readers to sign a pledge promising not to text behind the wheel, and also to take action to stop friends or family if they see them in the act.

Find out more here: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/please-put-the-phone-away-how-one-text-at-the-wheel-can-kill/story-fni0fit3-1226668022491

Motion Launches In-Vehicle Computing Solution to Maximize Safety and Productivity of Mobile Workforce

Motion Computing Solution PartnerOur Solution Partner, Motion Computing, has launched an integrated in-vehicle computing solution which incorporates Blank-it  and is promoting it with the CL and X5 Vehicle Docks to transform mobile workflows all over the world.

Their flexible, space-saving & ergonomic solution easily integrates with Motion Tablet PCs to enhance mobile computing capabilities of public safety, utility and field service fleets

“Over the past 12 years, we’ve helped optimize the performance of mobile workers through purpose-built, rugged tablet PCs, tailored accessories and services,” said Peter Poulin, vice president, marketing at Motion. “We developed our In-Vehicle Computing Solutions for the growing number of mobile workers who rely on tablets inside their vehicles. As with all our solutions – the In-Vehicle Solution is designed to be flexible enough to enhance multiple workflows. It is also durable enough to meet both the safety and quality standards demanded by fleet managers at water utilities and other field service organizations.”

Motion’s in-vehicle docks feature Blank-it built-in to limit the use of computer displays while the vehicle is in motion. Blank-it also allows the fleet manager to configure what applications are accessible by the driver. And, for fleets with a driver-passenger set-up, the optional Swingaway/Blank-it solution provides full computing access for the passenger, even when the vehicle is in motion.

See the Blank-it website: https://www.blank-it.com

See the Motion website: https://www.motioncomputing.com/products/vehicle_solutions.asp

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.

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.