New TextArrest Fleet is the most comprehensive service for controlling and monitoring the use of smartphones by mobile employees
LAS VEGAS and DETROIT – MobilityWire® – April 26, 2010
TextArrest today announced a new safe driving mobile application designed to keep employees’ eyes on the road and off their phones while they drive. Introduced today from the NAFA Fleet Management Association 2010 Institute & Expo in Detroit, TextArrest Fleet™ helps businesses – including executive fleets, trucking, delivery, busing, taxi and limousine companies – protect their employees, other drivers, passengers and pedestrians, company vehicles, and the corporate bottom line against death, injury, damage and lawsuits caused by distracted driving.
The Million Dollar Question
The data on distracted driving makes abundantly clear the hazards. A recent study by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis found that each year distracted driving is responsible for 2,600 deaths, 333,000 injuries and $1.5 million in property damage claims. The study estimated the annual cost associated with cell phone related car crashes to be $43 billion.
“Half the US states have imposed bans on text and driving, with Michigan and Wisconsin passing laws just last week. But anti-texting laws do not protect businesses from irresponsible employees,” said TextArrest Chairman Dr. David Lanzkowsky, M.D., a doctor with emergency room experience who founded the company in 2009. “Juries have awarded millions of dollars in individual cases to people struck by drivers who were distracted by mobile phone usage – an amount that can put many businesses into bankruptcy. Whether you’re a pizzeria with one or two delivery drivers or a nationwide delivery service with tens of thousands of trucks and vans, is ignoring the distracted driving epidemic worth the tremendous risk to your business?”
A recent Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) study found that texting while driving increases the risk of motor vehicle accidents by 2300 percent, six times greater than driving while intoxicated. A recent survey by the insurance carrier Nationwide found that nearly half of drivers, 45 percent, have either been hit or almost hit by a driver using a cell phone.
The Less than $1 a Month Answer
Businesses require a solution to help employees drive responsibly and better avoid the risks of damage, injury, death or financial ruin. With a development team that has built software and support systems specific to enterprise needs, TextArrest is today delivering businesses the most comprehensive tool available for mitigating the risks posed by employees distracted by their cell phones while driving.
TextArrest, which last month launched its TextArrest Free™ and TextArrest Family™ applications for individuals and families, keeps employees safe and focused on the road while driving by disabling any use of the phone that requires the screen – such as texting, instant messaging, calling, Web browsing – that should not be used by an employee behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. TextArrest not only protects drivers from the dangerous temptation to use their phone while driving, it also offers businesses a better way to supervise the location and driving patterns of employees through the normal use of their smartphones.
Starting at $9.99 per month to protect up to ten employees, with negotiated pricing for larger pools of drivers, TextArrest can mitigate the risk to businesses posed by employees distracted by their smartphones for less than $1 per driver per month.
The TextArrest Application
TextArrest is a smartphone application that automatically switches off text message and calling functions while the phone is in motion. All versions of TextArrest feature:
- Integration with a phone’s GPS system to determine the speed of a moving vehicle.
- Automatic switching off of text messaging and calling functions after a phone is detected to be traveling faster than 5 MPH.
- A customizable auto response message from the user to inform people sending text messages that their messages will be delivered once the user stops driving.
For fleet managers, IT departments and people who supervise mobile employees, TextArrest Fleet offers additional features as part of an affordable subscription based service, including Web based management and monitoring tools to better control how mobile phones are used when employees are driving.
Managed through an easy-to-use Web based dashboard, TextArrest Fleet gives businesses control over how and under what circumstances mobile phone features can be used, along with the ability to pinpoint on a map the location and driving routes of phones under their supervision. TextArrest fleet helps businesses manage, audit and enforce safe driving policies with features including:
- A Web-based management portal that lets account managers take note of all phone use activity.
- Location based geofence monitoring that lets account managers draw boundaries on a map and configure customizable alerts for when a phone travels outside of the set geofenced boundaries.
- Customizable alerts to notify employers in real-time when phones are traveling beyond set speed limits, including a report of the location and the speed at which the phone was clocked.
- Customizable alerts to notify employers in real-time when TextArrest settings are tampered with or overridden.
The TextArrest applications include settings to switch a phone from “driver” to “passenger” mode for people who aren’t driving or may be riding on a bus or a train. The passenger override restores those features typically switched off by TextArrest while a phone is in motion. TextArrest Fleet lets users call emergency services under any condition, even while a phone is in motion.
The TextArrest technology takes advantage of features common in today’s smartphones to set and enforce parameters for the safe use of mobile phones inside moving vehicles. All versions of TextArrest require only a simple application download and no hardware changes. There are no set-up or activation charges, and TextArrest Fleet subscriptions start at $9.99/month to cover up to 10 employees, a price well below competing services that have fewer capabilities. At launch TextArrest Fleet supports Android and BlackBerry smartphones with iPhone and additional platform support coming soon.
Visit http://www.textarrest.com to subscribe to TextArrest Fleet today.
TextArrest is a software company dedicated to making the roads safer by eliminating distractions created when drivers use mobile phones. TextArrest uses features common in today’s smartphones to set and enforce parameters for safe use of mobile phones inside moving vehicles. From disabling text messaging and calling capabilities while a person is driving to tracking the movement and location of mobile phones in transit, TextArrest provides control, coupled with a Web-based portal delivering real-time information on phone usage and location. Founded in 2009 by a doctor with emergency room and trauma center background, TextArrest is the solution for concerned parents, dispatchers and fleet managers to the growing problem of people driven to distraction by mobile phone use in cars.
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