Xcira announces the development of a patented handheld condition reporting system, which is designed to increase the efficiency and accuracy of the vehicle inspection and condition reporting process. Called the ICE (Intelligent Condition Evaluator), the system is the latest in a series of cutting-edge technological solutions developed for the auction industry by Xcira.
“Xcira continues to define the auction industry with support technology, and we are delighted to announce the addition of the Intelligent Condition Evaluator,” said Nancy Rabenold, Chief Executive Officer of Xcira. “ICE is the product of years of research and design by our forward-thinking development team that made the initial patent filing for the system in May of 2005. Their vision has once again resulted in a tool that not only benefits the industry but will have a far-reaching influence on the vehicle inspection process for many years to come.”
ICE is a robust condition reporting system that combines ease of use with efficiency, cost-savings, and report accuracy, according to Rabenold. An intuitive and user-friendly system, it allows inspectors to appraise vehicle’s condition using a handheld device that integrates customized templates, image capture, barcode scanning, and voice memos.
“ICE is certain to become an indispensible tool for use in a variety of automotive inspection applications,” says Rabenold.
ICE supports multiple platforms, explains Rabenold. The capture unit can be a smart phone, handheld computer, laptop or tablet. The interface includes predefined screens that minimize typing, and allows the user to quickly complete the condition report and upload information to the main server via internet connection. The data is then available for reporting, analysis or further processing.
“Whether used for auction check-in, condition report writing, rental return, trade-in, or finance lot verification, ICE accommodates complete inspections with ease on a smart phone or other device,” said Rabenold. “With customizable templates and intuitive interface, users can search items based on a variety of criteria, including a supplied list, serial number, stock number, or make/model and year. ICE generates consistency, reduces costs by reducing the time required to capture the pertinent data, and eliminates duplicate entries.”
Rabenold notes that the ICE system interfaces with the NAAA’s grading system, and is planned to integrate with the ASI operating system.