Telematics provider Microlise has introduced a seven-inch ruggedised Android-based touchscreen tablet which can be fixed in-vehicle or used as a hand-held device via a magnetic charging bracket.
The DCM6 tablet features driver ID, text and voice communications, trip sheet, integrated satellite navigation, task management and driving style coaching and debrief functionality.
As the DCM6 shares the same core software as the SmartPOD application, the device can be optionally removed from the cab to carry out hand held e-POD with scanning, image and signature capture.
The DCM6 can also be “locked down”, only allowing the driver access to the applications and functions on the device which they are required to use.
Where a Microlise telematics unit is fitted, communications via the unit and the DCM6 are facilitated via Bluetooth communications. This means wiring and installation is simple.
When a customer just wants tracking, the DCM6 offers this built-in – without the need for a telematics unit.
The DCM6 has voice communications with optional hands free kit allowing drivers to use the phone to dial fixed numbers which are either permanently stored in the device or downloaded as part of a trip.
Once again, based upon the customer’s operational needs, drivers can be allowed to manually dial numbers.
As the DCM6 is a seven-inch colour tablet, the integrated satellite navigation provides a great user experience to the driver.
Satellite navigation can be launched automatically by selecting “get directions” for any site on the route downloaded to the device.
The Co-pilot 9 software from ALK, Microlise's navigation partner, helps to ensure vehicles are only sent on routes they can safely navigate.
Where Paragon routing is used, way points can also be passed to the DCM6 enabling guided navigation.
Task management helps ensure that crucial information is captured during the driver’s shift or journey. Tasks could include vehicle inspection, health and safety checks or customer questionnaires