Logistics management software: Add scanning features for a digital revolution

November 11, 2020

In many trucking businesses, all-in-one solutions for fleet management, driver security, and online marketplaces have become essential parts of everyday work life. Many of our customers are software vendors in this industry who offer companies an evolutionary leap - an effective new transport process through workflow automation.

Let’s take a closer look at the current industry standards and how Scanbot guarantees that our customers remain successful and competitive by simplifying document-driven processes. We need to understand how software companies are becoming a leading factor for trucking businesses’ operations.

What are logistics’ standard output formats and filtering options?

Our developers work closely together with our partners to integrate relevant and industry-specific features into our Scanner SDK. The user guidance of our Document Scanner leads even technically inexperienced drivers into the perfect position to scan any document, resulting in flawless scans that do not require manual corrections. After an image is captured, image-enhancing processes are automatically performed in the background. Filters like our Deep Binarization filter prepare the scan for further processing as, for example, creases in the document are removed. From the now digitized document specific information can then be extracted for further processing.

These optimizations happen on the device itself while no internet connection is required for this process.

📌 This also comes in handy considering that the drivers might not have constant access to mobile networks while they are frequenting rural areas.

Complying with the industry-standard, the picture is converted into a PDF or TIFF document in a final step.

How do we enable logistics companies to stay up-to-date?

Evolving our SDK is at the core of our development. Thus, we like to use many of our resources for research and development. This way, we can offer our 10 million active users cutting-edge technology with frequent updates and regularly add new features.

Currently, we are already able to scan everything. Now, we are working on several projects to extract all relevant data from the documents as labeled key-value pairs. This will help us in actually “understanding” the scans and interpreting them, moving closer towards real document intelligence step-by-step.

📌 Moreover, all of our technology is instantly available, either as a 30 days trial license, or as a free demo app. Thus, every feature can be tested extensively and customized to every users’ needs before making a decision.

How does a scanning function help software providers to create workflow automation?

It's no surprise that we are big advocates of mobile scanning and digitization solutions. The trucking industry has seen many changes due to the introduction of information technology in recent years. Route planning-, tracking-, and fleet management software are just a few examples of impactful improvements that were established. Now we are witnessing how mobile scanning solutions build the next important step in workflow automation and how they fundamentally change the way businesses function.

A growing number of operators are adopting the modern solutions offered by software providers. Operators want their businesses to become fully digital. For a good reason: Customers don’t expect to wait for their proof of delivery to arrive via snail mail any longer. Drivers often have to collect and keep several documents like the Bill of Lading (BoLs), a fuel receipt, or the Proof of Delivery (PoDs). Once these documents arrive in the back office, they have to be scanned and digitized by hand. Recipients, as well as operators, demand a frictionless experience using modern, streamlined processes.

Which devices support the company’s digital roadmap?

Utilizing the hardware already owned by drivers, like any modern smartphone or tablet with a camera, and adding mobile apps with document scanning software, is the key. It simplifies these everyday tasks by providing flawless scans and directly delivering them to your dashboard.

Capturing documents in real-time offers operators the opportunity to significantly accelerate the customer invoicing and driver payment process. Providing not only exceptional customer service but also fundamentally changing business workflows.

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Chief Sales Officer

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