Apr 30

Introducing Blank-it 4.0

blank-itWe are excited to announce the up-coming release of blank-it  version 4.0 – a release which contains a host of new and enhanced features – see the highlights below:

Software Features v4.0

  • Windows XP (SP3), Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
  • Easy USB install, needs one free USB port (retro-fit option)
  • GPS over-ride and fail-safe system
  • Access to reversing camera, navigation aids, dispatch and scheduling programs
  • Filters out motion not related to vehicle forward-movement (relevant for forklifts)
  • Online configuration, license manager & usage reporting
  • “Voice prompt” command option
  • “Privacy” screen (for use by law enforcement officers)
  • View-it (reverse camera feed to the computer)

 

Watch this space for further announcements of the release date.

 

 

 

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Apr 28

Blank-it Featured on Xplore Technologies Blog

xplore-logoXplore Technologies talk about the blank-it distracted driving solution on their “Rugged XPlore Blog”.

In the article, Bob Ashenbrenner discusses the various in-vehicle distractions that drivers are subjected to and the responsibilities that employers have to keep their workforce safe on the road.

As Bob says:

So what if I told you that devices could actually eliminate our distraction from devices? Seems ironic, sure. But the fact is that your field service workers spend a majority of their time on the road in your service vehicle. They have tablets or other devices mounted practically in front of their face and it’s human nature to want to look at what’s on that screen. You have a responsibility to keep them safe on your watch, so why not fight fire with better fire and install a “blank-it” type software coupled with motion-detecting vehicle docks on all your devices that absolutely shouldn’t be in use while driving? That protects them, you and everyone else on the road from the consequences of distracted driving.

Bob also refers to an earlier article from Motion Computing, a PDF version of which can be viewed here – Taking Aim Against Distracted Driving.

See the XPlore Blog article here

 

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Jan 27

Police in-vehicle Laptop use and Driver Distraction

Police use of in-vehicle laptops and the related driver distraction has been featured a number of times in this blog.

A recent item on the Today.com website puts this issue in the spotlight again, with increasing evidence of the number of distraction-related accidents where police use of an in-vehicle computer is involved.

It is interesting that the distracted driving issue is now making it into mainstream media such as the Today show. It really starts to bring the problem forward and centre where it should be.

Bryan Vila, a professor at Washington State University in Spokane, is one of the world’s leading experts on distracted police driving. He put Today’s reporter behind the wheel in the driving simulator he uses to monitor officers’ eye movement and reaction time.

Once use of an on-board computer was added to the simulation, the reporter ran off the road. Review showed that his eyes were off the road, looking at the computer screen, for almost four seconds. “That’s enough to cause a hell of an accident,” Vila said.

Some police departments across the country are trying to address the issue in fairly basic ways. In Fort Wayne, Indiana, police officers’ in-car computer won’t allow them to keep typing after going 10 to 15 miles per hour. And in Fort Worth, Texas, officers aren’t allowed to use their computers at all while driving, unless it’s an emergency.

More sophisticated solutions are required however, to allow Police Officers to perform their duties effectively without endangering the lives of other road users.

 

See original article here: http://www.today.com/news/distracted-police-driving-researchers-seek-solution-1D80406085

Also view two NBC videos on this subject:

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Dec 22

Blank-it Featured in “Business News” Article

blank-itBusiness 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

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Nov 27

Blank-it a Winner at the Road Safety Awards 2014

australian road safety awardsAs we mentioned in a previous post, blank-it was a finalist in the Innovation Category of the Australian Road Safety Awards 2014.

We are now very proud to announce that blank-it has won the Innovation award.

This is a welcome recognition of the hard work that has gone into making blank-it the world leader in in-vehicle screen blanking and management.

More details and responses from the team at blank-it to follow.

 

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