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10-20-08 - Media Release

EBE’s SHIPS Integration offers transportation companies automated tracking and real-time status updates of driver compliance and performance activities.
East Moline, IL – EBE Technologies, the leading provider of business process management solutions for the transportation industry announced the completion of its interface to Instructional Technologies’ (ITI) computer based training solutions- Pro-TREAD and Pro-TREAD in-Cab. Through this interface, EBE’s SHIPS driver management software, automatically schedules training for new hires and at risk drivers, tracks, and provides real-time visibility to status of completion. Driver records are electronically updated with no manual intervention.
“Many of our customers will benefit from this interface since Pro-TREAD dominates the computer based training market for the North American trucking market.   The value of our recruiting, safety and compliance, driver performance and driver management solutions is extended by being able to manage the scheduling and status of driver training automatically. The information received from Pro-TREAD can then be integrated into other SHIPS applications and workflows such as new-hire orientation training, generating driver performance scorecards, creating bonus settlements based on training status, and identifying trends from driver history”, stated Larry Kerr, President of EBE Technologies.
The integration is done through Pro-TREAD’s Web services. Pro-TREAD training details are obtained by posting a specifically formatted URL to the web containing the customer’s ID, username/password, and a date. The data returned contains the driver name and ID, lesson name and ID, start date and completion status for the date specified. The information is then stored in the SHIPS database. From there, the data can be used with any SHIPS application. The Web request to record all the data for a given day can be scheduled as often as the carrier chooses.
Additionally, EBE’s Web based driver portal links to Pro-TREAD’s website allowing drivers to directly access their required training modules. Because all activities are time and date stamped through SHIPS workflow process manager, driver and safety managers will have instant visibility to exactly when drivers logged on to the site.
As an example, integrating Pro-TREAD into SHIPS driver performance management application, carriers set pre-defined rules dictating that training modules are completed based on specific driver behavior. These triggers may come from data through the driver’s mobile communication device- such as too many hard braking incidents or low MPG within a certain time period. SHIPS workflow triggers a notification to the driver, either through a mobilecomm message or an item pending notice in the driver’s portal, to complete a training module by a certain date. The driver and/or safety manager is also notified of this activity. Automatic alerts are sent if compliance is not met within the defined timeframe. When SHIPS receives data from Pro-TREAD that the module has been completed, the driver files are updated, the workflow queues are cleared and the driver remains in active status. All manual tracking and updating of training status is eliminated. Comprehensive reporting of driver training history is available for review, trend analysis auditing purposes.
“We are very excited about the integration with EBE’s SHIPS solution. By automating the retrieval process of data and leveraging the information to generate activities and alerts to appropriate personnel, carriers can mitigate their risk of putting poor performing drivers on the road. Our combined solution will not only improve the efficiency of managing the process, but be a very powerful tool in improving driver and carrier safety”, said Jim Voorhees, President and CEO of ITI.


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