You may focus on driving while you are behind the wheel, but it is not
always easy to ensure your employees are doing the same. This issue has
prompted 81 percent of employers to adopt written policies defining
acceptable use of mobile phones while driving (Source: Aegis Mobility,
FMCSA Survey 2012). But policies alone are not enough; companies need to
proactively enforce their policies. Sprint
[NYSE: S] and Aegis
Mobility have teamed to offer the FleetSafer® distracted
driving application to help businesses, commercial fleet owners and
operators focus on driving.
FleetSafer is software for mobile devices that can help drivers avoid
certain distractions. The software auto-activates once the vehicle is in
motion, preventing texting, e-mailing and browsing, yet still enabling
hands-free phone conversations. It also helps companies comply with the
FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) rules for interstate
truck and bus drivers and mobile phone use.
IH Services, a Greenville, S.C.-based janitorial company, provides clean
working environments for industrial, commercial, distribution,
healthcare and institutional clients throughout the United States and
has a long history of initiating innovative programs to reduce accidents
in the workplace through its "Safety is Our #1 Priority" program.
"We currently use FleetSafer in more than 100 vehicles," said Ryan
Hendley - CEO, IH
Services, Inc. "FleetSafer encourages our employees to use their
cell phones in a responsible manner and helps our company reduce risk
and manage liability. FleetSafer has been so successful that we intend
to make it available to other companies, through our association with
the National Service Alliance (NSA) and Sprint."
Sprint has been a leading provider of fleet solutions for more than
three decades, and has made this solution available in leading handsets
and tablets, including BlackBerry® and Android™ smartphones
and tablets. Aegis Mobility today announced they will make FleetSafer
available to users of Kyocera feature phones with Sprint®
Direct Connect® by the end of Q1. FleetSafer is part of Sprint's
portfolio of distracted driving solutions and resources available
for businesses. To support customers growing needs for data, Sprint is
rolling out its Network Vision initiative, designed to provide faster
data speeds, improved voice quality and easier connectivity. Sprint
expects to be mostly complete with Network Vision by the end of 2013.
To learn more about Sprint's Focus on Driving efforts and for
information about the portfolio of distracted driving mobile
applications and resources available from Sprint for businesses and
consumers, visit www.sprint.com/drive.
"Distracted driving is a critical issue that Sprint is committed to
helping combat," said John Dupree, senior vice president of business
sales - Sprint. "Technology can play a huge role in helping businesses
reinforce policies, minimize risk and make it easy for their employees
to focus on driving. We're proud to team with Aegis Mobility to make
FleetSafer more broadly available through our direct sales team and
offer commercial drivers the tools they need to operate more effectively
and efficiently and to avoid distracted driving."
"Corporate interest in enterprise solutions to ensure responsible use of
mobile phones while driving is growing," said Paul Zimmerman, CEO -
Aegis Mobility. "Distracted driving is an issue that cannot be ignored.
Businesses are looking to reduce the potential risks associated with
employee distracted driving and now Sprint can deliver a solution to
help employers address this important issue."
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline
communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served nearly 56 million
customers at the end of the third quarter of 2012 and is widely
recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative
technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national
carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data
services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost
Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international
push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American
Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national
carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47
industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint
No. 3 in both its 2011 and 2012 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the
nation's greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications
company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com
Aegis is the leading provider of patented enterprise technology to help
commercial fleet operators promote safe and legal use of mobile devices
while employees are driving on the job. FleetSafer, the company's
flagship software platform is supported by a unique multi-trigger
context engine and enables policy management capabilities for a wide
range of mobile devices. For more information, please visit www.aegismobility.com.
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