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Touch-Screen/Graphics Reporting Application

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114506D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 79K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dunn, JM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Described is a reporting application which can utilize satellite communications and automatic vehicle location technologies combined with touch-screen and graphic functions of personal computers to provide real-time, intuitive reporting. The application described is an improved reporting device for the transportation industry as an example.

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Touch-Screen/Graphics Reporting Application

      Described is a reporting application which can utilize
satellite communications and automatic vehicle location technologies
combined with touch-screen and graphic functions of personal
computers to provide real-time, intuitive reporting.  The application
described is an improved reporting device for the transportation
industry as an example.

      In prior art, the use of pencil and pad notations, keyboard
data entry or free-form data radio messages were used in the
reporting of activities, such as vehicle maintenance in the
transportation industry.  The concept described herein provides an
automated approach to reporting through the use of a series of easy
to use touch screens.  The touch screens eliminate cumbersome
reporting methods by providing easy interaction messages to and from
a central dispatcher.  Although the concept describes the use of
touch screen reporting as used by the transportation industry, the
concept can be expanded for use in a variety of applications.

      Using the transportation freight industry as a typical
application, the carrying of motor freight is generally divided into
two major classifications:  truck load (TL) and less than truck load
(LTL).  The drivers in the truck load segment will typically drive
the large tractor-trailer combination vehicles.  The time away from
the home terminal, whether consisting of one customer load or a
series of customer loads, can be from several days to several weeks
in duration.  During this extended period, the truck can develop
maintenance problems, such as flat tires, engine power loss, cracked
lens, etc.

      In prior art, the driver was required to call in to the
dispatcher for repair authorization.  Authorization was generally
given for only those repairs needed to keep the truck moving.  Often
a large majority of service items could wait until the truck returned
to the repair facility.  In order not to lose track of these service
items, a driver was required to write-up the problems while enroute.
Often the write-ups were unreadable by the time...