"AHA" MOMENT:
Engine Angel: Fleet management software for the future!

THE BIG IDEA:
Angel Enterprise Systems (AES) is developing a software, Engine Angel, to lower the cost and increase the safety of operating truck fleets. New legislation covering commercial fleets, recently issued with more coming in 2014, requires increased paperwork for fleet companies and truck drivers. Furthermore, there is a need for an integrated system that will gather data periodically and systematically about the operation and maintenance of the vehicle: engine, tires, brakes, batteries, weight distribution, etc. Driver behaviors such as braking, gear shifting, acceleration, turning, speed, along with weather (winds) and road conditions (geography) affect fuel consumption, safety of the trip, and longevity of components. Pre-trip & post-trip inspections, driver trip logs, roadside inspections, ECM data, and SenX engine sensor data are additional sources of data to trigger non-routine maintenance work-orders.

WHY THIS IDEA IS BETTER THAN THE REST:
The software collects comprehensive data for each truck and driver. The data is transmitted to a central unit that broadcasts warnings to the dispatcher and driver when abnormal events or malfunctions occur. The objective is to alert fleet management of vehicles and drivers with greatest risk of breakdown, accidents or fines while also using the same data to recommend maintenance and training to increase asset lifetime and decrease operational costs. This software is unique in the industry because it is integrated so that the analysis is far more comprehensive than best-of-breed solutions can provide. Non-compliance of driver qualifications and vehicle inspections are available from the collected data prior to dispatch; if not corrected, roadside inspection results are reflected in the published FMCSA scores that are a primary input to insurance rates for a fleet.

THE SKY'S THE LIMIT:
Engine Angel will use the Exchange funds for development and publication of advertising materials.

Location: 
Midland
Entrepreneur(s): 
Douglas Strock
Jim Mentele