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Two industry heavyweights in Smartrak and Garmin have come together to deliver powerful information gathering and analytical capabilities through the release of Garmin’s feature-packed 790 telematics tablet.

Fully integrating workforces in the field with head office management and keeping tabs on mobile vehicles and assets has always been problematic.

Inputting operational field data into IT systems has been mired by the lack of real-time information, often being reliant on paper forms and regular data entry; a practice diminished by non-compliance, inaccuracies, and week-long delays.

Operating on the open-source Android platform the Garmin 790 integrates seamlessly with many existing mobile field force management programs, providing the platform for online job sheets, reporting, time sheets, and more via customised apps. Improved awareness of business operations beyond the car park and significantly upgraded capabilities around worker safety is helping managers make informed real- time decisions.

“This is a productivity, information sharing and duty of care story that resonates at all levels of an organisation, from remote workers to the C-suite,” Smartrak’s GM of Product Strategy, Meredith Palmer said.

Management’s dream of migrating time-consuming paper tasks to a digital platform that easily, accurately and consistently reports and analyses day-to-day remote worker and vehicle activities now a reality with Smartrak and Garmin’s partnership.

“Superior navigation capabilities, world class telematics and the exciting potential of the Android platform are bringing fundamental changes to our industry.” Said Troy O’Connor, CEO, Smartrak.

The seamless integration of management and remote worker environments within an integrated digital platform will undoubtedly be welcomed by organisations. The recognition of productivity enhancements and service responsiveness will help organisations deliver on their business goals. For organisations that are pursuing Mobility as a Service (MaaS) the implications are profound.

Smartrak is an independently operated subsidiary of Constellation Software (CSI), a leading provider of software and services to public and private sector markets.