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Software Solutions for Transportation Systems

January 7, 2019
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You expect a lot from your transportation software. And why not? Transportation companies have to juggle a lot of different tasks at the same time. They have to manage cargo, vehicles, drivers, and more. Even more challenging, they have to manage those aspects across multiple locations. With all of these requirements and considerations, it only makes sense for your transportation software to handle a range of details. At Ayoka, we develop cutting-edge software solutions for the transportation industry. For many years, Ayoka has brought the latest technology to logistics teams. We can do the same for your company. Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways our software can help your transportation business.

Close Collaboration

Transportation software calls for a collaborative approach. When we design transportation software, we work very closely with our clients. This way, we can come up with the perfect solutions for each company. Over the years, we’ve worked with a lot of different transportation businesses, but each one is different. Only you know what your specific company needs are. Furthermore, by working with you, we can come up with fresh ideas that will benefit the transportation industry as a whole. Finally, working with you lets us hear about your specific and unique challenges. We’ll work together to come up with creative and effective solutions.

Warehouse Management

If you manage cargo in between point A and point B, Ayoka can help. We’ll integrate warehouse management into your software solutions. Warehouse management software comes in a variety of models, so you have a lot of options to choose from. We’ll work with you and help you figure out which model will work best for you. No matter which model you choose, you can use your warehouse management software to keep track of your inventory. As soon as your team warehouses your cargo, you can make sure that everything is accounted for. Your new software will also help protect your business from human error in the warehousing process, which can ultimately give you more flexibility.

Transportation Management

Of course, your software will include transportation management. Ayoka can help you build the best transportation management system that your company has ever seen. This system will include cargo tracking so that you know when your cargo or your client’s cargo reaches certain checkpoints. You can also track vehicle maintenance, which will help you keep your trucks or other vehicles in good shape. This way, they can serve your business for a long time. Overall, all of these developments can help you reduce fuel costs and improve your efficiency. The more you stay informed, the more empowered you’ll be to make the most helpful decisions.

Supply Chain

Warehouse management and transportation management are just two pieces in your overall supply chain. Thankfully, Ayoka can build software that will help you bring it all together. You can manage every part of your supply chain productively with your custom software. For example, your supply chain consists of a lot of different people and tasks. You can use your software to manage the timing of those tasks so that your clients get what they need right on time. You can also get updates during each step in the process so that you can keep up and stay knowledgable. This way, if your clients have any questions, you’ll have the answers right away.

Client Communication

Speaking of client questions, Ayoka can design transportation software solutions that will help you with your overall client communication. We take a multi-step approach to client communication software. First, we make business intelligence a priority. You can get automated data that will help you get to know your clients better. When you learn more about your clients’ preferences and patterns, you can make better decisions about communicating with them.

We help you improve communication in other ways, too. For instance, you can have better form generation. With clear, easy forms, you’ll avoid delays by making it easier for clients to fill out those forms and return them quickly. You can also use your software to communicate via multiple different portals.

Add Mobility

Mobility can enhance almost any business, including transportation companies. Ayoka can add mobility to your transportation software. With a mobile app, you can add a level of convenience to your business that you haven’t experienced before. You can take your software on the go and stay updated for quick decision making. Mobility also gives your clients more ways to communicate with you, and you’ll have an easier way to manage your supply chain.

Transportation Software

Ready to upgrade your transportation software? Then it’s time to sit down with a team from Ayoka. Let your software architects build the perfect software for your transportation business. No matter what you need, we’ll make it happen. Start by visiting our contact page now. We can’t wait to work with you.

Keep Your Transportation Business Competitive

June 4, 2018
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Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen on Unsplash. Transportation Systems: How Your Software Can Keep You Competitive

Transportation systems have some specific, complex needs that not many other industries face. They have to deal with intricate software, human safety, and day-to-day business at the same time. It can become a balancing act, and that balancing act gets even more complicated with the fierce competition that comes with the transportation industry. Transportation systems need software solutions that give them a competitive edge while upholding standards and still meeting all of their unique needs. Below you’ll find just a few of those needs. Thankfully, the right software company can help with them all.

Flexible Scalability

Transportation systems have to keep up with a fluid market. People’s transportation needs to change with the economy, and every season brings new logistical needs. As transportation technology changes, your software systems will need to grow as well. Your business changes with the market, too, and your software needs to keep up. If you hire a lot of new drivers or purchase new trucks, your systems have to have enough flexibility to support the change. Scalability means that your software can grow with your business, meeting needs as they arise. If your software has a fair amount of scalability built into the program, your transportation systems will be able to grow and change with no problems. However, if you don’t have that level of scalability, you may have to revamp the entire system within a very short time period.

Multi-Pronged Business Approach

The transportation industry needs its software to approach multiple different business aspects. It has to handle cargo, keeping track of shipments, and inventory. It should be able to keep track of multiple drivers at the same time. Furthermore, it should also work well with various travel conditions. For the transportation sector that deals with people and traveling, a good transportation software can assure management of passenger safety and comfort. For those who ship produce, the software can track arrival and delivery times. Transportation companies need payroll tracking across multiple job types. No matter which transportation sector your business handles, you need a multifaceted software to juggle all of the necessary items.

Wireless Communication

Your company has to track a lot of different people with different schedules. A transportation business can’t exist without these people working varying jobs and balancing responsibilities. From brokers to drivers, you have to communicate with all of them to keep your company running efficiently every day. Does your software help you with that communication? Can you communicate with your drivers as well as you can communicate with your office staff? All of this communication can be handled by a single software. Whether you update a legacy system or opt for a new software, you can optimize it for the best communication all across the board.

GPS Tracking for Transportation Systems

If you manage a transportation business, you probably work with more than one office. Some transportation managers have staff in multiple offices all across the world. Your vehicles are parked all over the place. Transportation systems need accurate GPS systems to keep all drivers and passengers safe. Do you use separate software for GPS tracking, or is it integrated into your current software?

Custom Designed Programming

You work hard to set yourself apart from your competition. Is your software helping you accomplish that goal? To a certain extent, you need standardization. A uniform program keeps your vehicles running on time and your business running efficiently. At the same time, you need to stay ahead of the competition’s software game. Your clients aren’t consciously thinking about your software, but your software is at the heart of everything you do. Clients will notice the difference when your software is tailored with your specific company needs in mind. You have a unique business with unique needs. No two transportation companies are alike, so why should you use the same software as your competition? You shouldn’t have to fit into programming boxes. Your programming should work for you.

Solution-Based Software

In both software and transportation, issues arise all the time. You can pre-empt these potential problems and stay ahead of the game by implementing a solution-based software. Solution-based software systems anticipate potential issues ahead of time. Software architects who specialize in transportation systems can strategize to keep all of the logistics running smoothly. This will save you from potential lost revenue in the future.

Ayoka Systems Can Help

Ayoka Systems is a custom solution-based software development company. Our software design architects have years of experience developing solutions for the transportation industry. As a result, we can get to know you and your company to learn about your software development needs. We’ll work with you to integrate industry standards with solutions that meet your company’s specific requirements. Contact Ayoka Systems today to tell us about your software needs. Together, we’ll develop the strategy that works best for you.

Custom Software Development Drives Innovation with MyBlueCar

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Discover how one client is changing the face of the limo industry with custom software development

At Ayoka, we’re privileged to be a part of some pretty amazing custom software development projects. We particularly love having the chance to come in and build software from the ground up to launch a new business. This year, we were privileged to work with Jeff. He’s a local owner of a black car service (limos and town cars serving the business and special events market).

Like many professionals in this industry, Jeff’s small fleet often picks up riders who book services through on-demand third party brokers like Uber. Unfortunately, this means two things.

  • The broker takes almost a third of the fare, so drivers do the same work for far less pay
  • A customer has no way of asking for the same driver again if they had a great experience

In Jeff’s mind, this wasn’t a good deal for anyone but the third party broker. As a professional who takes great pride in treating customers right, he knows that drivers deserve to be recognized and rewarded for delivering exceptional service. In addition, customers should have the ability to feel comfortable with choosing a driver they know and trust.

From Black Car to Blue Car

Jeff’s new app incorporates features that help drivers in the black car industry build a strong, loyal repeat client base without raising prices for riders or taking a huge cut from drivers. Here are just a few features of this innovative app:

  • Complete driver profiles that can be reviewed by prospective customers at any time
  • A real-time map showing the GPS location of all available black car drivers in the area
  • The option for customers to “favorite” drivers, turning those black cars blue on the map
  • Two-way messaging between riders and drivers to ensure good communication
  • Real-time booking with secure, fast payment from the mobile app
  • The ability to enter a queue if no cars are immediately available

Stay tuned. You’ll be hearing us talk more about this novel application as it launches and continues to grow its feature set!

~ The Ayoka Team

6 Obstacles for Connected Cars to Conquer

August 14, 2014

The Connected Car concept has been the topic of discussion and a goal for most all tech companies, including big names like Google and AT&T who hope to integrate their existing big data into the automotive industry to address both safety and security issues. While they conceptualize and innovate for our transportive futures, what are some of the obstacles they stand to face, and what can we ultimately gain by optimizing cars for individual drivers? I personally advocate public transportation, but in this American age of individualism, companies are scrambling to integrate the computerized user experience into the cars we utilize.

  1. Cars generally take longer than smartphones to be conceptualized and built, and this is no different for the connected car concepts that should be projected to last for many years. The innovators must be ready to anticipate system upgrades and new applications hitting the market constantly, like smartphones, instead of the regular automotive trend of five-year increments.
  2. The Connected Car will be integrated with satellite datathat will handle car diagnostics and anticipate and map traffic congestion data to help with route building to optimize your transportation time. User information will be plugged into the car via your smartphone to help to retain data such as your home address and manages calls for emergency services, alerting them to your current location in the event of a serious car crash.
  3. In lieu of these new innovations hitting the market will bring about a new car salesman and dealer. The way that these salesmen will have to really explain the benefits of the functionality of the Connected Car will grow as the they come into consumer buying ranges, offering insight to any generation who is interested in buying one of these new car concept models.
  4. A great endeavor that some companies, like ZipCar, are going for will be the ability to offer shared car service. Electric vehicles will be able to be parked, charged, and checked out for use by consumers for an hourly, or daily, rate. This will cut down on cost for many families and individuals who do not have space or funds, or a want, for their own motor vehicle.
  5. Built-in vs. Brought in Internet connections is another hot debate among car manufacturers, as there are merit to each option. Tethering existing Internet from your smartphone poses the ability for a user to manage their Internet bandwidth, while built-in options offer stronger connections.
  6. As these innovations are more and more cutting-edge and, in a way, separate from the purchase of the car itself, one wonders how will these capabilities be paid for?! This calls the idea of rethinking current data models of both the manufacturers and the Internet Service Providers.

The want for these abilities in the Connected Car prompt manufacturers to forge bonds with software developers in hopes of satiate consumer connectivity needs. Be on the lookout for new native applications that will help to unlock your doors, find your car’s location, or remotely start your car all from your smartphone, while these manufacturers put their minds with developers and engineers to bring the future of the driving experience to you!

Are Electric Cars Passé?

March 13, 2014

I am a proud Prius driver and was shocked to hear that my little electric car is supposedly out of style…what the F#$%? This obviously needs a little more investigation!

At a renewable energy conference scheduled for this April, scientist Mehrdad Ehsani, from Texas A&M University will explain why the future is dim for electric vehicles. Dim…ugh! Ehsani is director of the Sustainable Energy and Vehicle engineering Program at A&M, leading the Power Electronics & Motor Drives Laboratory. He further speculates that Electric vehicles will never replace the internal combustion engine.
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Prius electric vehicle

According to Davis Swan an important question to ask is whether or not internal combustion will replace powered vehicles or will they represent a “green” niche market for decades to come? The IEA, reports that over the past few years, electric vehicles (Evs) have seeped into public consciousness. Those endorsing Evs advertise them as essential for reducing dependence on oil and reducing the world’s CO2 emissions. But is that really the case? Or will they only play a small role in improving energy security and winning the battle against global warming?

The questions about Ev’s go far beyond the impact on the automobile manufacturing industry. BTW, the automobile manufacturing industry is one of the largest industrial concerns worldwide. However, there is an impact, both positive and negative, upon electricity utilization and the grid that will in many ways shape future decisions about generation and grid management.

The ultimate goal is to eliminate our use of hydro-carbons, including gasoline. This is only achieved by pure Evs, such as the Tesla. The Chevy Volt can travel approximately 45 miles on battery power alone under good conditions. The Plug-in Hybrid version of the Toyota Prius is rated at 14 miles. The Tesla on the other hand has its shortcomings. The struggle to provide charging stations across the country has this Ev parked.

So what is a girl to do…my Ev really may be a passing fad! Who wants to go up against the automobile industry? Much less the almighty oil industry! The odds may be stacked against Evs, but I will stick with my 14 miles of electric energy, thank you very much!

Connected Cars…Apple takes a bite!

March 4, 2014

In the world of connected cars Apple has announced their latest addition to the dashboard. At the Geneva Auto Show, Apple reveled CarPlay, the application that will put more apps into the dashboard and connect millions of iPhone users to their cars. This is Apple’s first taste of the car industry and hopefully we will all benefit from this long overdue technology.
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CarPlay will not dominate the dashboard however. It will have to share space with the existing auto information platforms.  Apple’s CarPlay has 11 automotive partners, including GM, Honda, and Hyundai. All of which have a framework of their own that Apple will have to integrate with. Apple will have to run in tandem with the existing software. Apple will also have to compete with the Android market, as connected cars integrate this technology also.

Apple’s CarPlay Connects your iPhone to your car.

So Apple’s CarPlay has a long road ahead to make it into your car! Buckle up it may be a while before you are texting from your dashboard console or googling while driving. I don’t know about you, but I can hardly wait!

Connected Cars

January 16, 2014

Forget horsepower. The connected car is becoming the hottest model on dealer lots. In-vehicle technology is the top selling point for 39 percent of car buyers today. This is more than twice the 14 percent who say their first consideration is traditional performance measures such as power and speed, according to a study that consulting firm Accenture released in December. That’s why cars that talk, show drivers the way and steer them from harm will cover the floor of next week’s Detroit auto show.

Automakers at the show will be looking to push beyond what’s on the road today such as Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA)’s Model S, with a large tablet computer on its dashboard that runs a jumbo-sized version of Google Maps for navigation, and Ford Motor Co. (F)’s Sync system, which the company credits for attracting customers even as it’s been criticized for imperfections.

At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week, General Motors Co. (GM) will tout its 4G LTE-connected Chevys while Ford introduces more applications that work with its voice-activated Sync system, including those that allow drivers to activate a home security system from the car.