BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Motus, the premier vehicle management and reimbursement platform, today announced the expansion of its mobile platform, integrating beacon technology with its award-winning mileage tracking app to significantly reduce battery drain for field-based mobile employees.
“Battery drain is a reality for any location-based app, as GPS-enabled technology creates a struggle between location accuracy and battery consumption. The more frequently GPS collects data from the phone’s GPS chip, cell towers and Wi-Fi hotspots to determine location data, the more battery is consumed,” said Craig Powell, President and CEO of Motus. “Motus users expect a highly accurate GPS solution, but want the convenience of ‘set it and forget it’ mileage tracking features without the overwhelmingly high battery consumption found in the vast majority of apps. Asking users to remember to complete manual tasks such as starting or quitting the app at the start/end of each day is at direct odds with our promise to streamline their administrative tasks and make work life better.”
Placed anywhere in the vehicle (typically the glove box or center console), the Motus Beacon is a small hardware device that utilizes Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to sense whether or not a Motus user’s mobile device is in proximity to their vehicle. When the user approaches, or is inside their vehicle, the Motus Beacon senses their proximity and automatically enables the Motus App for mileage tracking when the vehicle begins moving. Conversely, when the vehicle is stopped, the Motus App automatically shuts down, preserving the user’s battery life until returning to their automobile. Recently completed customer testing revealed up to an 80 percent savings in battery life when pairing the Motus Beacon with the company’s popular mileage tracking app.
“The beacon-based proximity industry has seen tremendous growth over the past few years, particularly in marketing to consumers,” said Rick Blaisdell, Motus Chief Technology Officer. “We’re proud to have employed this technology in a unique way, but our investment in using beacon technology to solve battery drain is only the first step in developing much broader applications to benefit our end users.” According to Blaisdell, “…beacon technology has the potential to solve a number of the needs Motus users have when driving for work – fuel, maintenance, parking and driver safety, to name a few.”
Recognized by CIOReview as one of the 20 Most Promising Field Service Solution Providers for 2017, Motus has focused on optimizing the Motus App to consume as little battery power as possible since its release in 2015. “The introduction of the Motus Beacon is a big step towards eliminating a major pain point that users of all location-based GPS apps have,” added Powell. “Our customer testing and feedback has been extremely positive – and we’re proud to be the first in our space to bring this technology to market. Most importantly, we’re pleased to make another stride towards improving the lives of Motus end users.”
Motus Beacon will be available beginning in Q2, 2017. For additional information about the Motus Beacon or to learn more about the Motus App, visit http://www.motus.com/battery.
For companies with mobile workers that drive more than 5,000 business miles per year, Motus is the premier vehicle management and reimbursement platform. Through its sophisticated configuration engine that incorporates real-time data across hundreds of variables, Motus drives significant reductions in cost, ensures compliance and reimburses employees exactly what they deserve. For more information about the company, please visit www.motus.com or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.