Fleeting Moments in IoT: Part 3, What Happens Next?

Before the IoT, your business was operating on historical data. Now, all of a sudden, you have a stream of real-time data, the value of which can only be realized through IoT-driven automation. Keeping an omnipresent eye on vehicles and field workers can be a huge cost-saving, game-changing innovation for your company. But there are more benefits and opportunities out there. In Part 2 of this series, we asked readers to answer this question: what are my IoT goals? Now that your fleet management system is up and running, the question now becomes: what do I do with all this data?

Fleet management systems can generate enormous streams of data. Without a sense of what to monitor, measure, and manage, big data becomes noise for managers to cut through. When it comes to data, it’s not how much you collect, it’s what you use and how you use it. Of course, it’s hard to ignore the low hanging fruit—cutting costs by improving average miles per gallon, route optimization, etc. But a more efficient use of the IoT is applying analytics and data models to uncover patterns and intelligence you can act on.

Consider trucking, an industry contending with growing regulations around logging hours of service (HOS). The government’s quest to make roads safer produced the ELD Mandate, requiring truckers to prepare HOS records with electronic devices. One way to determine the value of the ELD rule is by asking this question: does it make trucking companies better?

On one hand, it’s predicted that the trucking industry will save annually nearly $2 billion per year in paperwork, $365 million in crash reduction costs, and hundreds of injuries resulting to crashes. Then again, the ELD rule creates a disadvantage for smaller businesses whose costs for ELD hardware, software, and data plans will likely exceed cost savings on fuel and paper in the short run.

We believe that fleet management solutions, such as ELD devices, make trucking companies better. But these are only a gateway to digital transformation. The next step in your IoT journey is putting your data to work. ThingTech brings together smart devices, mobile applications, powerful APIs, and a flexible Salesforce cloud that enables IoT deployments to scale efficiently.

With ThingTech on board, your IoT platform can gather information from the field and feed it to any department that needs it. Customers will experience optimal service levels. Drivers paid by the mile will have the tools and information they need to maximize safety and earnings. Maintenance managers will be pleased that predictive maintenance schedules keep vehicles running better and longer. The finance team will be thrilled as costs for replacement parts decrease due to better tracking of warranties. And executives will extol your growing repository of data models, which provide insight and predictability into the relationship between IoT data (historical and real-time) and the organization’s progress toward its goals.

Changing the future happens today. Contact us anytime to discuss your IoT platform needs, or to schedule a free demo.

City of Atlanta Brings ThingTech Center Stage at Smart City Expo World Congress 2017

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The City of Atlanta will join hundreds of cities from around the world at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, Spain this month. We expect City of Atlanta to use their platform as a featured speaker to highlight SmartATL, a strategic smart cities plan designed to improve the city’s livability with technologies that tackle “mobility, public safety, environment, city operations efficiency and public & business engagement”[1].

City of Atlanta is also bringing along a few local startups.  ThingTech is one of the companies selected to attend, and pitch to an audience of IoT media, service providers, buyers, influencers, thought leaders. Tim Quinn, CEO of ThingTech, will deliver a 7-10-minute presentation on how ThingX™ IoT Platform enables smart cities initiatives. State and local governments partner with ThingTech to transform IoT data into a real-time picture of city operations. ThingX is a scalable platform that integrates sensors/devices with applications and databases. From fleet and asset management to emerging technologies such as gunshot detection to smart streetlights, ThingX supports reliable, secure interoperability across your IoT ecosystem, allowing data to move seamlessly across departmental silos. Turn insights into actionable intelligence with ThingX.

Standing at the forefront of sustainability initiatives is the City of Atlanta. Smart cities projects started gaining traction during the current administration, fueled by a smart cities ecosystem of top-ranked universities, startup incubators (e.g. ATDC), a civic-minded chamber of commerce, and an influx of Fortune 500 companies (now headquartered in Atlanta) for startups to build products and services for.

For example, Atlanta Beltline, an urban redevelopment project that transformed an unused rail corridor into a 22-mile loop of multiuse trail opened its first trail in 2008. In December 2014, Atlanta Streetcar ran its first route. And just recently, City of Atlanta announced the North Avenue Smart Corridor project, which will provide infrastructure improvements along the strip connecting Georgia Tech, Ponce City Market, Atlanta Beltline, and Candler Park. The city plans to use IoT technologies to improve road and public safety through an array of sensors that monitor and measure traffic (i.e. pedestrians, bikes, vehicles), control smart streetlights, and provide gunshot detection.

Come visit ThingTech and City of Atlanta at Pavilion E, Stand E555A to learn about these technologies and more.

 

[1]What is SmartATL? November 10, 2017.  http://smartatl.atlantaga.gov/#strategy

Fleeting Moments in IoT: Part 2, Getting Your Pilot Off the Ground

Congratulations! Your ambition to bring the IoT (Internet of Things) into your company has moved you into the pilot phase. The question now becomes: Are your IoT goals centered on cutting costs or generating revenue? It’s critical that your objective aligns with organizational goals, and when the focus is on revenue generation, leveraging the IoT can earn you a seat at the revenue table.

Most organizations spend too much time fixated on cost saving in the pilot phase. There are plenty proven ways to achieve ROI in this manner: ultimately, any solution should provide automation throughout your organization, turning data into intelligence that you can act on in real-time.

However, customer loyalty is the key to unlocking profitable growth. In other words, existing customers generate revenue, tell others about their experiences (positive and negative), and provide feedback critical to enhancing your products and services. It goes without saying that customers are what’s most important to your business. And they’ll stick around if you’re the fastest, cheapest, best, most reliable answer to their problem(s).

Customers don’t care about how hard you’ve worked or how hard you’ve tried. What matters most to them is trust—if you’ve kept your brand promise. No one expects perfection, for the most part. Even with organizations that run like well-oiled machines, things don’t always go as planned. But for companies running a fleet of vehicles, mistakes can be costly. Traffic congestion, road accidents, and breakdowns can turn your trucks into twisted metal screws drilled into concrete roads.

Investing in the IoT should make your job less stressful, and provide scalable service level improvements. A good fleet management solution gives you active control of your vehicles. It enables you to prevent molehills from becoming mountains, and helps you to see around corners, anticipating service interruptions to your customers. Now that your pilot is off the ground, a good place to start is by homing in on a specific use case that benefits from 1) dispatch and route optimization, 2) vehicle diagnostics, and 3) real-time work order visibility.

Dispatch and route optimization play a critical role by automating your ability to navigate quickly and cost-efficiently to your customers. Adding a suite of APIs to the mix will score more points with customers by helping to predict and determine routes based on current road conditions, traffic, historical information, and weather-related data. Smart technology like this also opens the door to mobile applications and text alerts that keep customers up-to-date with their scheduled deliveries or service.

The next metric to focus on is vehicle diagnostics. Unexpected breakdowns on the road put unnecessary pressure on your operations, and usually result in detractors (i.e. unhappy customers who share their experience with others), towing fees, repairs, part replacement, and employee downtime. Adding an enterprise asset management component to your fleet management pilot is invaluable. With the ability to pull, store, and analyze data directly from your vehicles onboard computer system in real-time, you can improve uptime and facilitate proactive, scheduled maintenance.

The third metric to look at is real-time work order visibility. To monitor and measure how your workers are performing at the customer end-point, you need to add a mobile workforce application to your fleet management solution. Once workers have access to a mobile application that gives them the ability to record work start and stop times in real-time, you can automate alerts to notify you if a job takes longer than expected, or hasn’t been completed at all. This data can also be used to 1) achieve better dispatching based on location and job types, and 2) develop score cards for vehicle and drivers.

If your IoT pilot closes the gap between where you are and where you want to be, you’re moving forward in the right direction. The success of your pilot should be measured on revenue generation versus cost savings, and how well you execute service delivery using the an IoT fleet management solution.

In the next blog of this three-part-series, we’ll examine how to squeeze the juice out of your freshly unboxed fleet management solution once you’re pilot has landed.

Changing the future happens today. Contact us anytime to discuss your GPS & cellular fleet management needs, or to schedule a free demo.

NAIPTA Partners with ThingTech to Deploy Enterprise Transit Asset Management Platform

Enterprise Transit Asset Management Platform will provide integrated fleet and facilities management and maintenance solution to assist with compliance for FTA’s Final Rule and the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

ThingTech (http://www.thingtech.com) announced today that it has been selected by The Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (NAIPTA) to provide a comprehensive Transit Asset Management system with the goal of maintaining, managing, and forecasting asset needs as well as to comply with the Federal Transit Administration’s guidance for “State of Good Repair” relative to the requirements set forth under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) program, formerly known as MAP-21.

Set to go-live later this year, ThingTech’s Transit Asset Management program will also assist in improving operational efficiencies by streamlining the complexity related to managing and maintaining a large amount of assets of varying types including vehicles, stops, and facilities. According to Jon Matthies, IT Manager at NAIPTA, prior to selecting ThingTech, NAIPTA was managing many of these processes manually, which included filling out forms by hand, having to physically enter that data into spreadsheets, and aggregate that data for reporting purposes.

ThingTech’s comprehensive solution will not only help enhance and streamline these processes, but will also achieve 100% compliance with FAST mandates, intended to help improve the operation and maintenance of capital assets by: 

  •     Defining a “State of Good Repair”
  •     Assess Asset Inventory and Conditions
  •     Establish Asset Performance Measures and Goals
  •     Assist with Long-Term Budget and Capital Planning
  •     Develop a Transit Asset Management Plan
  •     Automate Annual Reporting Requirements to the National Transit Database (NTD)

“While the looming deadline for FTA’s Final Rule has created a hair-on-fire scenario for a lot of our industry, we are pleased to be partnering with forward-thinking organizations like NAIPTA, who are not only seeking to comply with federal mandates, but also striving to improve operations through process automation, improved asset utilization, and better capital planning. Ultimately, these projects will have a profound positive impact on key areas such as operations, budget, and safety,” said Tim Quinn, CEO of ThingTech.

“We have been happy with the responsiveness of ThingTech and the work they’ve done to understand our processes; aligning the solution with our process goals,” said Matthies.

About NAIPTA

NAIPTA is the transit agency in northern Arizona operating the Mountain Line, Mountain Lift and Mountain Link systems in Flagstaff. NAIPTA also coordinates services with Campus Shuttle Service at Northern Arizona University. NAIPTA currently manages a fleet of fixed route and paratransit vehicles, as well as 178 stops and 2 connection centers. Established in 2001, NAIPTA has grown into a system that employs nearly 100 people and transports more than 2 million riders a year.

About ThingTech

ThingTech is an Atlanta, GA based software company that provides Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions that combines Enterprise Asset Management, Field Service, Smarter Cities and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions into a single, cloud-based, connected platform for enterprise asset intelligence. ThingTech customers rely on its platform to track and optimize the performance of their mission critical mobile assets and workforce to increase business performance and improve their customer’s experience. Since its founding in, ThingTech has had a specific focus on helping public transportation organizations with their Transit Asset Management needs.

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Fleeting Moments in IoT: Part 1, Finding Your Lane

Selling IoT (Internet of Things) to organizations operating a fleet can sometimes feel like asking a stranger if their spouse is cheating. It’s after business hours; do you know where your trucks are? If not, can you trust the word of your drivers and customers? How do you know if/when a job is scheduled, in progress, or completed? And if a driver is late, or a no-show, how long before you know about it?

To overcome these challenges, fleet managers have taken a mobility approach. There was a time when flip phones with walkie-talkie features provided advanced communication between drivers and managers. But the inherent issue of cell phone use while driving caused major concerns, if not road accidents.

As M2M (machine to machine) technologies flourished, the affordability of GPS-and-cellular-based fleet tracking drew attention away from smartphones and tablets, and towards the IoT. New research by Verizon shows that 73% of executives are either researching or currently deploying an IoT solution. If your organization is not in the IoT game, it won’t be long before you are.

The fundamental problem with managing a mobile workforce is that you may not realize something’s wrong until it’s too late. Imagine that Lisa, a delivery person, hits traffic on the fastest route to her customer. Lisa uses GPS navigation on her iPhone to find a less congested route. But unfortunately, she still arrives more than 20 minutes late to her destination. The customer is upset, because this is the 2nd late delivery in as many months. How would you know what happened in this case without speaking with Lisa or her customer?

The example above reveals why the IoT has made a significant impact on fleet and mobile workforce management. APIs (application program interface) take the IoT even a step further by enabling integration between devices, systems and applications. API-enabled solutions like our ThingX™ Platform bring data together, and provide clarity to your 360° view of the business.

Assume for a moment that Lisa’s company hasn’t adopted GPS fleet tracking. We may gather from Lisa’s quick thumb-work on her iPhone that she’s rewarded or punished based on her performance. The problem with this approach is that it could potentially undermine satisfactory behavior over the long run. What’s more, it doesn’t solve for traffic congestion, vehicle breakdowns that lead to costly repairs, accidents, or meeting compliance with safety regulations. Reward and punishment need to be engineered into a complete fleet management system to be effective.

Also, what if a survey tool is used to measure customer satisfaction in this example? There are pros and cons to consider when using tools, such as Net Promoter Score (NPS) by Satmetrix. NPS is designed around the question, “How likely are you to recommend this business to a friend or colleague?” Questions related to a specific transaction could be erroneously influenced by subjective feelings about the overall relationship with your organization, resulting in skewed data. In this example, the customer may feel inclined to rate Lisa based on the last two experiences with the company instead of just the most recent.

Lisa’s company faces a complex task anticipating traffic issues, service level expectations and customer satisfaction. That’s why more organizations are turning to an API-enabled IoT platform for seamless integration across business systems and applications. ThingTech’s GPS fleet tracking and field service solutions together provides a real-time view of the data points that influence your business growth—routes, vehicle location and movement, cargo status, inventory/stock levels, fuel consumption, driver behaviors, arrival/departure times, job start/stop times. Plus, we integrate work orders into real-time dispatch, resulting in routes that can be optimized up-to-the-minute.

Finding the right lane, which leads to digital transformation is a major undertaking. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution. But making better, data-driven decisions starts with integrating data that provides instant visibility into your fleet operations.

In Part 2 of this three-part-series, we’ll examine the best KPIs/metrics to measure when launching a fleet management proof of concept or pilot.

Changing the future happens today. Contact us anytime to discuss your GPS & cellular fleet management needs, or to schedule a free demo

Evolving Amidst Misfortune: Finding the Right Time to Adopt EAM

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Unravel the history of the Internet of Things (IoT) and you’ll discover that many solutions provide value only when something goes wrong. The IoT, for example, can alert transit agencies to speeding vehicles or parts that need replaced. Coincidentally (or perhaps causal), it is operational pain, not excellence, that oftentimes acts as a trigger for IoT implementations. That’s a sobering reality for a nation still trying to grasp “unequivocal” evidence of climate change.

Faced with continuous pressure on safety, maintenance budgets, and transportation infrastructures, the Department of Transportation (DOT) established new guidelines for transit agencies that receive Chapter 53 funds. Under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, a transit asset management (TAM) plan must be put in place for maintaining assets within a transit network by October 20, 2018. Because like owning a personal vehicle, preventative care extends the lifecycle of your asset, and over the long-run is less costly than repairs.

So what’s the right time to implement enterprise asset management (EAM)? Apparently when the federal government issues a mandate that requires transit asset management. The FAST Act is driving EAM adoption in mass transit. At the federal level, the DOT is faced with improving safety, surface infrastructure and public transportation reliability.

ThingTech’s EAM solution solves these transit asset management challenges

ThingTech’s EAM solution solves these transit asset management challenges

As a result, state and local government was pushed towards digital transformation. Meeting TAM rule compliance is critical, but a need also existed for increased asset utilization and optimizing parts/equipment ordering to reduce the costly expense of last minute shipping and repairs. For workers who perform asset management and maintenance, EAM makes their jobs easier by automating maintenance record-keeping for your fleet, facilities, equipment and infrastructure.

IoT solutions such as EAM make it possible to meet TAM plan requirements with real-time visibility and workflow automation. But the IoT can do so much more than build efficiency into the structure of transit maintenance programs. That’s why more agencies pursing greater value in asset management choose our ThingX™ Platform.

Moving away from manual processes will lead to proactive, preventative maintenance for assets that are valuable and mission critical. The untapped value of EAM, however, involves using APIs to enable IoT ecosystems, which pool data and provide a holistic view of operations.

Imagine, for example, combining data points across maintenance, fleet tracking, engine diagnostics, driving behavior, route dispatch, inventory, work order management, and weather conditions. Now, let’s hand over this information to a machine with artificial intelligence, which can monitor, store, analyze, and learn from the data, quickly predicting asset performance across a spectrum of success and potential failure. Can see the value of EAM powered by IoT platform services?

The challenges of public transportation demand real-time insight that can be transformed into useful data that maintenance teams can act on. The TAM rule demonstrates America’s commitment to better, safer roads. Empowering transit agencies with proactive, intelligent, scalable technologies will provide them better access to information. And almost immediately, these deployments will yield improved responsiveness to emergencies and safety risk mitigation.

ThingTech is helping transit agencies turn TAM compliance into opportunities to achieve digital transformation across state and local government. Even better, transit agencies that adopt EAM technologies will make a positive impact on the environment and smart city projects. Changing the future happens today. Contact us anytime to discuss your enterprise asset management needs, or to schedule a free demo.

ThingTech Excites Venture Atlanta with Startup Agility and Enterprise Ability

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Imagine a conference hall filled with nearly one thousand tech innovators, entrepreneurs, key executives, venture capitalists—and Shark Tank Star/Keynote Speaker, Mark Cuban. The atmosphere was electrified; there’s a rumor that no iPhone lost battery power during the event. As one of 35 founders selected to present at the 10th annual Venture Atlanta conference, Tim Quinn, CEO ThingTech, delivered a 5-minute pitch to a captive audience of potential investors, partners, and B2B customers.

Tim’s presentation focused on the value of digital transformation. It’s only taken a few short years for ThingTech to achieve 25+ customers and $1.6M in annual recurring revenue. That’s because the shift towards data-driven decision making, using the Internet of Things (IoT), has enabled organizations to quickly achieve operational excellence. “We were very proud to be able to share how organizations partnering with ThingTech are able to achieve fast ROI through the reduction of costs and growth of additional revenue streams, often within the first few months,” said Tim.  “We help these organizations better understand how their assets are being utilized, maintained, and provide deep predictive analytics to help streamline operations, plan for the future, and leverage the IoT to provide real-time actionable data.”

When you partner with ThingTech, we take you deep inside the world of IoT, leading you on a journey where it’s possible to achieve cost savings and/or generate new revenue streams in a matter of months.

The IoT is an exciting space for us because of the value and business intelligence organizations gain by leveraging real-time data, cloud-based services, mobile applications and workflow automation. ThingTech can remove the complexity out of IoT implementations by combining startup agility and enterprise ability. Our solutions are designed to scale, stand up quickly, and deploy with a flexible range of customizations. Contact us anytime to discuss your asset management needs, or to schedule a free demo.

ThingTech Brings Operational Excellence to Transit Agencies During 2017 APTA Expo

Photo: Dan Hawkins, pictured above, speaks with 2017 APTA Expo attendees

Photo: Dan Hawkins, pictured above, speaks with 2017 APTA Expo attendees

APTA’s annual expo brought together an impressive collection of American and international exhibitors this year. All the largest and most innovative mass transit service providers fit into Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center during October 9-11, 2017. We had the pleasure of meeting so many interesting exhibitors and government employees that work for/with mass transit authorities. And while the event is over, our team is still discussing the experience, and all that we accomplished during our successful show at the expo.

Opening remarks by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and others were inspiring. You can’t image the excitement we felt hearing about how our hometown, Atlanta, is leading the nation’s efforts towards transformational change with projects such as the proposed expansion of MARTA and Atlanta Streetcar. ThingTech was founded with the purpose of providing game-changing software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions to transit agencies with assets of all classes. With our combined years of experience, no other company is better positioned to deliver a transit asset management (TAM) that removes the pain of manually managing assets and meeting compliance with federal regulations.

In the New Era of FAST ( Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act), ThingTech has helped government entities like the City of Burleson, TX and State of Delaware implement real-time solutions powered by the Internet of Things (IoT). We’ve helped many transit authorities reach new levels of operational excellence with our TAM solution. This cloud-based service consolidates all data about your assets – vehicles, equipment, facilities, and infrastructure – into an easy-to-use, web-based solution that is accessible from anywhere and easy to stand up in a few short weeks. We’re enabling transit agencies to simplify compliance with the FTA’s Final Rule on Transit Asset Management, and by leveraging the IoT, providing the capability to better manage their “things”, automate and streamline maintenance schedules, and keep assets in a state of good repair (SGR).

Contact us anytime to discuss your transit asset management needs, or to schedule a free demo.

How ThingTech's Core Values Drive Profitability and Environmental Sustainability

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Environmental sustainability is engineered into ThingTech’s DNA, beginning with our core values. We value eco-friendly business practices because it’s the right thing to do. Our team shares a common concern for the world in which we live, and will leave behind to our children. So, we’ve taken purposeful steps towards building a profitable, green business that reflects our common ideals across brand standards, business solutions and workspace.

 

Sustainability isn’t a byproduct of our success, it’s by design. The IoT industry, in which we compete, is filled with nascent and recognized brands. Reflecting on our niche among this vast number of players, we recognized that it was important to stand out and up for something beyond profitability. So, we incorporated green into our logo, which symbolizes our commitment to making a positive impact on the environment.

 

The changing landscape of industries has profound implications on business problems, and the solutions we provide to solve them. For example, promotion of climate change issues, compliance to federal regulations (e.g. ELD Mandate), rising/fluctuating gas prices, and driver shortages in the trucking industry are pushing companies to explore the IoT. ThingTech has developed accurate and reliable solutions that effectively solve for each of these pain points, and more. Most importantly, our solutions produce measurable results in reducing inefficient routes, wasteful idling, carbon emissions, and fuel costs related to non-renewable energy.

 

We also signal our commitment to environment-friendly business practices in the workspace we occupy. ThingTech’s office is located at the Armour Yards, in the heart of Atlanta. Fifteen-foot high windows span the length of our northwest wall. White walls work to help this workspace fill with natural light during business hours, allowing us to reduce our energy costs. What’s more, we limit the use of paper (our office has only one printer) and we promote the use of ceramic coffee mugs and dishes in the breakroom.

 

ThingTech has built a profitable, eco-friendly business from the ground up, and will continue to invest in people, processes, and technologies that produce meaningful results for our company and environment.

ThingTech Selected to Present at Venture Atlanta 2017

Premier technology investment conference to showcase the Southeast’s most promising technology companies.

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ATLANTA – September 14, 2017 –  ThingTech announced today that it has been selected to present at Venture Atlanta 2017, the Southeast’s premier event for connecting technology innovation and investment capital. The 10th annual Venture Atlanta will be held October 11-12 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta and will feature close to 150 funds from across the country. With more than 900 investors, tech entrepreneurs and executives anticipated to be in attendance, this year’s Venture Atlanta is once again lining up to be a sold-out event.

Adding to the Venture Atlanta excitement are Mark Cuban, chairman and CEO of AXS TV and one of the “sharks” on ABC’s hit show, Shark Tank, and Ernie Garcia, CEO of Carvana, who will deliver keynote presentations.

“As long time members of the Atlanta technology community, we are honored to be a part of Venture Atlanta’s momentous 10th anniversary and sincerely look forward to the opportunity to showcase the amazing work our team has been producing. We fully anticipate the awareness, as well as opportunity to expand key contacts throughout the community will be a pivotal point for our organization,” said Tim Quinn, CEO of ThingTech.

ThingTech was chosen as one of 35 companies from a large pool of applicants that represent the region’s most innovative tech businesses. ThingTech helps businesses and unlock their full potential by providing a single platform from which customers can track and collect field data (people, devices, assets) and data from existing business systems (ERP, CRM), to generate insights that enable customers to take actions that will improve efficiency and propel growth to achieve operational excellence.

“Through the years, Venture Atlanta has earned a reputation for consistently identifying tomorrow’s cutting-edge technologies while helping to launch over 380 companies and secure over $2 billion in funding,” said Allyson Eman, executive director of Venture Atlanta. “This year’s event marks our 10th anniversary and includes the strongest and largest roster yet of both early and venture-stage companies—showcasing the depth, breadth and opportunity within the region’s technology community.”

During the two-day event, presenting companies and conference attendees will engage with regional as well as national venture capitalists, investors and other key players in the current technology ecosystem. The conference results in funding, national investor exposure, invaluable relationship building and mentoring by successful technology executives. The conference will also, for the first time, include 16 Startup Showcase companies that will share their plans and vision for the future as “companies to watch.”

To learn more about ThingTech, visit www.thingtech.com. For additional information about Venture Atlanta, to register for the event or to view the conference schedule, please visit www.ventureatlanta.org.

About Venture Atlanta

Venture Atlanta, Georgia's technology innovation event, is where the region’s most promising tech companies meet the country's top-tier investors. As the South's largest investor showcase helping launch more than 380 companies and raise over $2 billion in funding to date, Venture Atlanta connects local entrepreneurs with local and national venture capitalists, bankers, angel investors and others in the technology ecosystem who can help them raise the capital they need to grow their businesses. The annual nonprofit event is a collaboration of three leading Georgia business organizations: Atlanta CEO Council, Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). For more information, visit www.ventureatlanta.org. For updates, join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Twitter, and visit our blog

About ThingTech

ThingTech is a real-time IoT platform that generates actionable asset intelligence for optimized decision making. Specifically designed for asset-intensive organizations, ThingTech provides the where, when and how those assets are behaving on your desktop or in the palm of your hands.  By leveraging data such as real-time location, utilization, and diagnostics from assets and their mobile workforce, our customers can use predictive analytics to identify mission critical issues before they arise, react immediately, remediate problems, and ultimately provide better customer service.  The result is a documented tangible ROI via cost reductions and increased revenues, resulting in a profound effect on the top and bottom line.

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The State of Delaware Selects ThingTech to Implement Advanced Real Time Asset Tracking, Utilization and Diagnostics Solution to All State Vehicles

The State of Delaware Selects ThingTech to Implement Advanced Real Time Asset Tracking, Utilization and Diagnostics Solution to All State Vehicles

ThingTech will replace approximately 3,700 legacy GPS tracking devices with their ThingX™ platform to automate state utilization reporting requirements, integrate multiple enterprise applications, and monitor emission data to comply with Governor’s Executive Order.

One of Atlanta's 5 Startups to Watch in 2017

One of Atlanta's 5 Startups to Watch in 2017

ThingTech, an Atlanta based technology company has been named as one of Venture Atlanta’s “5 Startups to Watch in 2017.” This distinction has been bestowed for the past 5 years by Venture Atlanta to recognize local startups with strong potential to disrupt markets and accelerate growth; past recipients include Terminus, and Kabbage.

City of Burleson Selects ThingTech for Public Works Automation and Real Time Asset Management

City of Burleson Selects ThingTech for Public Works Automation and Real Time Asset Management

The ThingTech Smarter City Platform includes real time fleet and asset management,
telematics and diagnostics, GPS asset location, sensor integration, work order optimization,
automated maintenance, and fuel system integration to reduce costs, streamline operations, and
automate capital planning replacement and budgeting.

Ride Connection Selects ThingTech for Deviated Fixed Route Mobility Project

ThingTech announced today that it has been selected to deploy their suite of route optimization and dynamic fleet dispatching solutions to Ride Connection.  RouteIT and TracIT provide seamlessly integrated and dynamic route optimization and real-time fleet tracking to improve customer service and improve mobility options for Ride Connection customers.

Thingtech Achieves Logistics Tech Outlook’s Ranking for Top 10 Fleet Management Solution Providers 2016

Thingtech Achieves Logistics Tech Outlook’s Ranking for Top 10 Fleet Management Solution Providers 2016

FREMONT, CA—March 4, 2016- ThingTech, the most trusted provider of fleet and asset management software and services, joins an elite number of companies that have earned a spot on top 10 Fleet Management Solution Providers list of 2016 by Logistics Tech Outlook.  CLICK LINK ABOVE TO READ MORE!

Full article at http://www.logisticstechoutlook.com/vendor/article13/thingtech

ThingTech Awarded Fulton County Georgia Contract for Real Time Fleet and Asset Tracking and Telematics

Cloud based Enterprise Solution Will Provide Connected Asset Intelligence for Improved Customer Service and Reduced Operating Costs

ThingTech (www.thingtech.com) - an Atlanta, GA company announced today that it has been awarded the contract to implement their real time fleet, asset, and equipment tracking and monitoring solutions.    Fulton County awarded the project to ThingTech after a rigorous and highly competitive request for proposal process.   Click to Read More...

Ride Connection Implements Thingtech for Transit Asset Management Solution

 Cloud based Solution Coordinates Assets Management and Maintenance across 30 Transportation Providers

thingtech (www.thingtech.com) an Atlanta, GA company announced today that it has been selected to deploy maintainIT - an enterprise transit asset management solution - to Ride Connection, Inc. (Ride Connection), a leading provider and broker of demand response community transportation services in the Portland, OR metropolitan area. 

Ride Connection, like many community transportation providers, operates a large fleet across a wide geography. This, along with the company’s unique provider and broker model – where some vehicles are operated by providers; not Ride Connection directly – present large challenges for maintenance management, record keeping, and reporting requirements. 

Recognizing the challenge, Ride Connection turned to technology to assist.  After evaluating proposals, Ride Connection selected ThingTech for its innovative, cloud-based and wirelessly connected solution that connects providers via the cloud and can connect assets through real-time tracking for asset utilization, asset health status, and driver safety.

“We’re very excited to be working with ThingTech. Their enterprise transit asset management tools offered a combination of features that no one else could beat.  Community transportation challenges are unique relative to other industries and we were thrilled to find a vendor that provided robust fleet and asset management products, with the detailed features geared specifically for us and our industry.”  Says Elaine Wells, Executive Director of Ride Connection. 

“Ride Connection is an innovative leader in community transportation. The challenges they face are a perfect fit for our platform that provides Asset Intelligence through the cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT).  We’re honored that our solutions will help Ride Connection with their mission of delivering the gift of mobility to those in need.” says Brian Corcoran, President of ThingTech. 

About Ride Connection

Started in 1986, Ride Connection is a non-profit who pioneered a coordinated transportation delivery system composed of transportation partners.  Ride Connection and its service partners offer a variety of transportation services for medical needs, shopping, employment, school, supportive services, nutrition, volunteer work, and recreation throughout the Portland, OR Tri-County area. 

About ThingTech

ThingTech is located in Atlanta, GA with offices in Atlanta Tech Village.   Our bright and energetic staff of software developers, consultants, and customer success staff strive to build usable, practical, and innovative solutions to improve businesses in the public and private sector who own, operate, manage, and maintain fleets, heavy equipment, assets, and a mobile workforce.   ThingTech solutions combine Enterprise Asset Management, Field Service, Smarter Cities and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions into a single, cloud-based, connected platform for enterprise asset intelligence.  Our customers rely on our solutions to track and optimize the performance of their mission critical mobile assets and workforce to increase business performance and improve their customer’s experience. ThingTech is headquartered in Atlanta, GA and offers Software as a Service (SaaS) applications for Enterprise Asset Management (manageIT), Fleet Tracking and Telematics (tracIT), and Schedule and Route Optimization (routeIT) for a variety of vertical markets including Construction, Interstate Trucking, Local Delivery, State and Local Government, and Public Transport. Solutions are real time providing actionable data through work flow automation and predictive analytics  

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http://www.thingtech.com 678.463.9224

brian.corcoran@thingtech.com

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Foxx Announces $500 Million for 2016 TIGER Grants

Foxx Announces $500 Million for 2016 TIGER Grants

DOT will make available $500 million for the eighth set of TIGER grants since 2009, Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Feb. 23.

“Like the first seven rounds, 2016 TIGER discretionary grants will fund capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area or a region,” Foxx said. The program has provided almost $4.6 billion to 381 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

DOT must receive TIGER grant applications by April 29. To learn more, click here.

In related news, Foxx testified on President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 transportation budget at a Feb. 24 hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and Related Agencies.

He cited specifics of the budget including $98 billion in transportation investments for advances in safety, innovative technologies and repair and replacement of aging infrastructure and a 21st Century Clean Transportation Plan that includes several new grant programs, nearly $20 billion for public transit to address the needs of fast-growing communities, more than $6 billion a year for high-performance passenger rail and almost $4 billion over 10 years for research into integrating new transportation technologies.