MAP-21 changed the game for carriers. If you are sitting, you aren't creating revenue. Traditionally sitting time is lost because you can't prove it. With DwellTimer you can!
If you have an Android cell phone, you have automatic GPS capability. DwellTimer uses that GPS to start a DwellTimer "Track" when you arrive, document the time you spend there, then stop the track when you are ready to leave. The data is stored on your phone and if you have gone over the allowed time, you can create a report that e-mails to an account you choose for billing.
What you see is the main screen. There are 4 action buttons.
Account Maintenance - you enter the information you want to identify yourself. You also can enter your DwellTime allowance (or zero to catch it all), then how often you charge for another time bucket, and the rate you charge. Enter all three and it will create your DwellTimer billing report for you.
Edit Track Results - after you save a track, you can delete some of the GPS pings in the middle to clean it up. You can't eliminate the first and last ping. You also can't edit the GPS readings or add manual pings. You can adjust the freeform information you entered when starting a Track.
Retrieve a Report - If you need to re-generate a report for some reason, you can access it from this button
BEGIN A TRACK - this is where the action starts
You have 3 fields you can use to put whatever information you need to identify the DewllTime event.
Your phone will display your location
Maybe a selfie with the manager of the receiving department is a bit much, but a picture is worth 1,000 words. It documents where you are when you add a picture of the location.
The track runs in the background while you are waiting to load or unload (or while you are on-site if you use DwellTimer as a timing device for work by the hour
When you hit "GO" DwellTimer starts the track by capturing your GPS location at that moment (called a 'ping')
Every 15 minutes you "dwell" at that location, DwellTimer takes another 'ping' and stores it
When you are done, you "STOP" and a final 'ping' completes the data file
If you have not gone over your allowance, the device will tell you and delete the file. If you want to keep all records, set your DwellTime Allowance to 0
You can have the billing report emailed now, or retrieve it later.
You only pay if you use the reports. Considering a common DwellTime rate can be $40 every 15 minutes, paying $6 ($7 if you include pictures) to capture this revenue in a form where you have no clerical effort to compile the money owed to you is much lower cost than manually converting log entries into billing reports.
The Billing Report is available from the DwellTimer server.
The report shows the detail time and GPS pings captured
When you 'save' you have the option to include pictures, or not
If you have pre-set billing parameters, the report generates the charges based on your settings
The report also displays a Google Maps rendition showing your GPS pings
With this report you have independent, actionable data showing your location and the time spent.
It is up to your billing team to settle with your shippers, but having data proving your time wasted is 90% of the battle
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