June 15, 2022
Sr. Director, Product & Partner Marketing
In recent years, the workforce that powers physical operations—drivers, field technicians, safety managers, fleet managers, dispatchers, and more—has had to manage their organizations with limited resources under unprecedented circumstances. As a result, this industrial workforce requires the right tools and technology to meet increasing customer demand. In fact, in our State of Connected Operations Report surveying over 1,500 operations leaders, 54% of all respondents cite easy-to-use technology as a key factor in how they recruit and retain employees.
Our platform, the Samsara Connected Operations Cloud, is helping the people who power our economy by leveraging data to simplify day-to-day tasks, keep workers safe, and make the workplace more connected. By breaking down operational silos and consolidating data on one platform, organizations are better able to realize a new level of excellence.
We’re excited to announce a series of new product features that will connect physical operations and make a tangible impact on the way employees work. Read on to learn how these new features provide both back-office and field employees with the tools they need to move their operations forward.
In addition to their core responsibilities, drivers are expected to complete a number of administrative, compliance, and safety-related tasks as part of their daily routine. Completing every task can be time-consuming even for the most experienced drivers, and is especially challenging for new drivers who are onboarding.
Driver Workflows are designed to guide drivers and field operators through the most mission-critical parts of their day, while reducing the administrative burden on the back office. Managers can use Workflow Builder to create customized mobile workflows for the Samsara Driver App to onboard new workers, reduce errors, and streamline drivers’ days.
End-of-day workflows ensure drivers complete the right tasks in the right sequence before signing out for the day. Linked third-party tasks make it easier for drivers to access different apps in a single workflow. Multiple workflows help you customize workflows to the needs of every driver.
With the global general availability of end-of-day workflows, linked third-party tasks, and multiple workflows, the Samsara Driver App can guide drivers—whether they’re behind the wheel or in the field—with the right information at the right time.
Employee safety is a top priority, and fleet managers are always looking for ways to more effectively coach their drivers at scale. For common safety-related behaviors, drivers can be empowered to self-correct without the hands-on coaching of a safety manager. By sharing ownership of safe driving, safety managers can save time on event review and coaching. Drivers also have more control over their own safety experience on the road.
With In-Cab Nudges™, drivers are given the opportunity to self-correct risky behavior after receiving an in-cab alert, before a manager is notified. Safety managers can now control how many in-cab alerts are triggered to help the driver self-correct before uploading the safety event into the Samsara dashboard. For example, if the threshold is set for three in-cab alerts, an event will not be sent for coaching or counted in the Safety Overview until that threshold is met.
By giving drivers more autonomy over their own coaching and safety experience on the road, managers can save time on event reviews and instead focus on coaching the riskiest driving habits. In-Cab Nudges will be available in open beta in North America this fall.
Customers expect to have accurate, up-to-the-minute updates of their goods and supplies. However, even a small delay on longer routes with multiple stops can drastically impact arrival times at each subsequent stop.
Multi-Stop ETAs provide dispatch and operations teams with accurate, up-to-date predicted arrival times at all stops, along all routes. They can easily see the impact that delays may have and communicate this with customers, third-party partners, and their own supply chain. With end-to-end visibility into route progress, Multi-Stop ETAs—now generally available, globally—allow customers to deliver timely service that exceeds customer expectations.
With operations often distributed across multiple geographies, administrators need to troubleshoot and support employees while they’re on the road or in the field. Often, drivers spend days—even weeks—traveling from one location to another.
Currently in development, Remote Support allows administrators to easily view and control mobile devices in the field, streamlining troubleshooting. Not only can administrators use Remote Support to resolve issues in real-time, but they can onboard or train drivers while they’re on the road. These productivity improvements free up the back office to focus on higher-impact activities and help drivers focus on what they do best. Remote Support will be available in open beta on Android devices for our customers in North America this fall.
Samsara customers are eager to empower their employees to seamlessly work together with the support of automation, real-time alerts, and digital experiences on one platform.
As always, we build with our customers in mind and view these new features as a powerful way to stand out from the competition and best equip your employees from the first mile to the last.
These new features are currently generally available or in beta for interested customers. To learn more about how the Samsara Connected Operations Cloud can uplevel the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of your operations, get in touch with our team.