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Touch Screen Settlement Application for Truck Drivers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104679D
Original Publication Date: 1993-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 4 page(s) / 168K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dunn, JM: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is an application program for use with a portable computer having a touch sensitive screen and an ability to communicate data in both directions with a host computer over a radio channel. This program provides means for a long distance truck driver to determine payroll settlement information from his company, using a portable computer in the cab of his truck, on a real time basis.

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Touch Screen Settlement Application for Truck Drivers

      Disclosed is an application program for use with a portable
computer having a touch sensitive screen and an ability to
communicate data in both directions with a host computer over a radio
channel.  This program provides means for a long distance truck
driver to determine payroll settlement information from his company,
using a portable computer in the cab of his truck, on a real time
basis.

      In accordance with present practice, the net pay of a long
distance truck driver is calculated on the basis of miles driven,
after considering various fuel and efficiency bonuses, expense
settlements, and general deductions.  Since a trip away from the home
terminal may last from several days to several weeks, the driver is
typically provided with blank checks, which can be cashed at a truck
stop after an authorization number has been given to the driver by
the dispatcher.  With this system, since the driver may see the data
used to calculate his net pay until several weeks after payment is
made, reconciliation of accounts is often difficult, and poor driver
morale may result.

      Figs. 1 through 8 show the graphics of screens displayed by the
program, which has an ability to define various portions of the
display screen as touch sensitive areas.  These areas can be touched
by the operator with a stylus or with a finger to provide the
information to the program or to elicit an action from the program.
These areas, which are represented by shading in the Figures and on
the actual display screen, are provided by the program in various
places among the various screens.

      Fig. 1 shows the graphics of the main screen used to access a
number of programs, including the settlement program, which is
accessed by touching the shaded area including a dollar sign ($).

      Fig. 2 shows the first screen of the settlement program.  When
this screen appears, the driver uses...