January 24, 2018
Today we’re announcing availability of our Responsible Driver System (RDS) for operators of fleet and commercial vehicles.
RDS is a unique mobile phone control system that reduces distracted driving risks. It enables companies to control how and when their drivers can use mobile phones.
Drivers distracted by mobile phones cause tens of thousands of accidents every year, claiming lives and costing billions of dollars in property damage, lawsuits, and insurance claims and premium increases.
Tango Networks’ RDS is a breakthrough in enforcing safer driving policies for operators of fleets and transit systems, logistics, transport, field service companies, and others with commercial vehicles.
Cut Risk, Manage Policies, Cut Costs
Our system gives fleet operators’ IT staff direct control over driver usage of mobile phone voice, text, and data communications, based on highly flexible policies.
Using our patented technology for enabling mobile workforces, RDS embeds enforcement of usage policies in the wireless network itself. That means drivers cannot bypass usage restrictions except in emergencies or other exceptions permitted by the company.
Not only can RDS help save lives, it gives fleet operators a powerful tool to emphasize and enforce safe operations, limiting their liability and potentially leading to reduced insurance costs.
Tango Networks’ RDS is in use today with a major U.S. wireless operator and will soon be available via wireless operators and other partners across North America and Europe.
RDS complements “do not disturb” and other usage-blocking features on mobile phones, such as recent enhancements in Apple’s iPhone and similar features in Android phones.
“Policies can be determined by the company, based on vehicle speed, time of day, locations, and other parameters,” said Andrew Silver, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Tango Networks. “Inbound calls can be handled via specific steps that maintain safety at all times.”
Flexible Policies Enhance Safety
For example, a fleet operator can set up RDS to reroute incoming calls to the driver’s phone to go instead to a designated live support line or voicemail. The system can send a tone to the driver’s mobile device to indicate an urgent call, which can be retrieved once the vehicle is parked.
“RDS is the only solution based in the wireless network rather than the phone, which ensures that it can’t be circumvented,” explained Silver. “That gives all the control to the fleet operator to establish anti-distracted driving policies that emphasize safety, attentiveness, and accident avoidance.”