Apps to Manage Your Fleet

August 24, 2015 10:00 AM
Apps to Manage Your Fleet

Take control of inventory, maintenance, data and safety

As mobile technology has ramped up, app development has followed suit to the point where it seems there is an app for everything. Beyond games and social media, apps enhance productivity, retrieve information, offer GPS and location-based services and track orders. From the comfort of your cab, you have the functionality to tackle all sorts of tasks, such as:

  • For farm equipment, trucks and cars associated with your operation, TractorPal keeps inventory and maintenance records on your entire fleet of vehicles. The app, created by South Dakota farmers, logs serial number, model year, purchase date, miles and hours. TractorPal records maintenance dates, sends alert reminders when service dates approach and stores service records for easy access. A free version tracks a single vehicle; the $4.99 version allows unlimited vehicle entries.  
  • An easy-to-navigate app, Farm At Hand lets farmers manage and track multiple activities, such as equipment information, field activities and yield data. Multiple users from one operation can access the app and upload activities in real time. In addition, Farm at Hand links to commodity prices with watch list options.
  • The Farm Fuel Budget app estimates fuel needs by taking farm size, acreage, machinery and prices into consideration to build a budget. The app lists a range of crops, including grains, oilseeds, food crops and hay, and can build a multiyear fuel budget.
  • The iForeman grain cart app from Avery Weigh-Tronix links grain carts to smart devices to stream live weight data and can replace a traditional scale indicator. The i60 serial processor connects to the junction box interface cable and wirelessly sends data to the app. iForeman records commodity, field and delivery location of every load. An unlimited number of devices can be synced with the i60 to check cart weight in remote mode, allowing operators to see what has been uploaded in real time.
  • Decibel 10th is a unique app that uses a decibel meter to alert users to harmful sound levels, a particularly useful tool for farmers. The app translates sound into user-friendly measurements: “average automobile” or “average food blender” that display in blue. Measurements deemed unsafe appear in red. 
  • University of Missouri researchers developed the Vehicle Rollover Prevention Education Training Emergency Reporting System (VRPETERS), an app that uses sensors and GPS to detect rollovers. After detecting a rollover, VRPETERS sends out emails and texts, along with coordinates of the rollover site, to emergency contact numbers. Messages are not dependent on an operator accessing a smartphone.

Working in tandem with an electronic device installed on a tractor or other farm machinery, VRPETERS also prevents rollovers by monitoring stability and sending a message to the driver if a potential rollover point nears.  

For more information on these apps and others, 
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