Short Description: Accelerate Desk, an Independent Software Vendor in the Philippines, created the Leanasset app in two variants to serve as a public transport access system and as a fleet management system.
Accelerate Desk, an Independent Software Vendor in the Philippines, created the Leanasset app in two variants to serve as a public transport access system and as a fleet management system. The team was tired of seeing rural commuters spending unnecessary amounts of time waiting alongside national highways waiting for an available buses. Meanwhile, in urban areas there is a frequent mismatch of the availability of taxies with potential customers, resulting in long lines of passengers in some areas and empty taxis in others. For the taxi driver, this process wastes valuable fuel and time. Accelerate Desk wanted to alleviate this problem by matching the availability of the nearest taxi to the passenger – helping both parties in the process.
The first app variant, built on Microsoft Azure cloud technology to keep hardware costs down, promotes convenience to rural area commuters. In the Philippines, access to bus service has been inconvenient and unreliable to commuters residing in far-flung areas or areas in-between public terminals. This results in waste of valuable time waiting for buses. Another feature of this app, which is presently being developed, is for urban commuters to be able to electronically "flag down" a nearby vacant taxi located via a smartphone app, and the taxi driver can electronically "accept" the service booking resulting in assured service for the passenger and an assured customer for the driver. By having this service, the taxicab company secures competitive advantage via services that provide convenience and safety to passengers who could plan their trips, access taxis at the comfort of their home, office or preferred venue, and avoid lining up along the busy hazardous streets looking for vacant taxis.
Leanasset is also based on a solid business model: passengers can freely download the app, while taxicab companies need to subscribe to the serving app on a monthly fee basis. A similar app will soon be developed for bus commuters. Once the cashless payment facility feature is added to the app, security risk to drivers will be substantially minimized.
The second variant allows fleet managers to track vehicle activity through an easily accessible dashboard, plan trips ahead of time, and share fleet activity with customers. With this app, the manager can shift focus from the traditional function of routine monitoring of the fleet activity, which can consume the majority of a day’s work, to strategic functions such as monitoring the compliance to road safety policies such as speed limits, the tracking of approved routes and designated stops, anticipating vehicle maintenance requirement (tires, batteries and major spare parts), and monitoring fuel management efficiency of the vehicles. For the driver, this can result in increased income through fuel and time savings. For the passenger, it results in a more efficient transport system – especially for rural commuters.