Press Release (2017)
Good2Drive Mobile Application Aiming to Make Highways Safer
By Matt Page
April 15, 2017
Plantation, Florida – April 15, 2017 – Atacama Resources International, a public company trading on the OTCQB exchange, is set to release Good2Drive, a mobile application that allows drivers to test their cognitive alertness before getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Good2Drive uses a 60-90 second image matching test using a patented algorithm that was created based on the scientific study of cognitive abilities at the University of California, Berkeley.
Atacama Resources International is excited about the release of Good2Drive, as they anticipate the mobile application being used by not only families and individuals to promote safer driving habits but also being adopted by corporate fleets and law enforcement agencies to combat dangerous driving. While drinking and driving is still a major concern, and one that Good2Drive is designed to monitor, the impairment to drivers caused by drugs, both prescription and illicit, along with drowsy driving are emerging as major factors in traffic crashes in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Good2Drive’s patented algorithm and test have been proven to accurately identify cognitive impairment, regardless of the source, whether it be drinking, drugs, or drowsiness. Good2Drive’s test is suitable for testing young teenage drivers, adult drivers, senior citizens and drivers of commercial vehicles.
Good2Drive’s features have been specifically designed with following adopters in mind:
- Families – Young drivers are the highest risk group on the roads for traffic crashes. Test results from Good2Drive from any family member using the application are pushed to the Parent’s phone, providing them peace of mind whenever their young driver gets behind the wheel.
- Individuals – We’ve all had doubts about whether we’re “good to drive”. Now individuals will be able to double check their ability to drive before taking the risk. Whether it’s a couple of drinks, prescription medication, or a long day at the office, it’s no longer a guess – Good2Drive will let you know when you’re good to drive.
- Corporate Fleets – Moving cargo is stressful enough without have to worry about driver impairment. Good2Drive gives fleet owners proof that their cargo is in good hands. Good2Drive not only promotes safety but also means less risk of cargo lost to traffic crashes.
- Law Enforcement – A breathalyzer can’t tell the whole story. Drugs and drowsy driving are contributing to a significant number of traffic crashes, many causing injuries and death. Good2Drive’s 60-90 second test can be administered roadside, is not invasive, and gives law enforcement immediate results regarding the driver’s current ability to operate a motor vehicle.
A free trial version of Good2Drive will be available on both iOS and Android devices DATE. Continued use will cost $0.99/month for individuals, $1.99/month for families (up to five people), and pricing for Corporate Fleets and Law Enforcement Organizations is available on request. Good2Drive will be available for download on both Android and Apple smartphones within the next 30 days.
More information about Good2Drive can be found at www.Good2Drive.com
MGIS Inc. to Manage Good2Drive
Atacama Resource International has named Ottawa, Ontario’s MGIS Inc. as the Program Manager for the Good2Drive product line. MGIS Inc.’s team developed the Good2Drive mobile application, and will be undertaking all aspects of Good2Drive’s future features and development, infrastructure, e-commerce, management, and promotion.
About MGIS Inc.
MGIS Inc. began in 2001 in Ottawa, Ontario and is owned by Marc Guindon. Since that time MGIS Inc. has emerged as a leader in IT Professional Services and cloud-based Web and Mobile Application Development. In addition, MGIS Inc. specializes in Geospatial Application Development.
MGIS Inc. has been instrumental in designing, developing, building and maintaining everything from simple, short-term projects to multi-year, multi-million dollar ventures for both private and public clients. The MGIS team has a proven track record and the experience necessary to provide clients with real solutions to their challenges.
MGIS Inc. has supported public and private sector clients in Canada and the United States, including the exciting development and deployment of Good2Drive with Atacama Resources International. MGIS Inc.’s portfolio also includes Canada’s Department of National Defence, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Environment Canada, and Shared Services Canada as key clients.
For more information please visit www.mgisinc.ca.
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Articles - "Why don’t employees like me?" (Published April 2013)
As a consultant, you walk into the office and notice you’re one of the first people on the job. You throw on a pot of coffee. You sit down at your desk, boot up the computer, and get back to work on a deliverable you’d been up late working on the night before.
Slowly your co-workers, or the “employees”, drift into the office talking about the morning traffic, their relaxing evening of television, some upcoming sporting event or just to complain about the coffee. You ignore the drone of voices surrounding your workspace and keep plugging away. When they finally do get down to work it’s nearly break time and, before you know it, they are back up milling about.
Yet there you are, head down at your desk and pushing forward. You feel like you pretty much carry the team. So, why don’t they like you?
Okay, admittedly there are a lot of generalizations in the depiction above (I concede there are hardworking employees and lazy consultants) but, as consultants, I can imagine that many of you have been in similar situations; and, for some unbeknownst reason, you felt the ire of the employees.
There are a few things that consultants need to remember when on site:
- You get paid a lot! Now you and I know that a significant portion of your rate is dedicated to corporate taxes, expenses (lawyers and accountants), taxes on salary, insurance, benefits for family, saving for retirement, saving for between contracts, etc. Employees don’t see these costs to being a consultant. All they know is that someone gets paid 2-3 times what they are paid for the “same” job. You can try to educate them all on the cost to being a consultant but you’re lecture will likely fall on deaf ears. Just understand where they are coming from and move on.
- They believe that you are the same as them. Employees often don’t see the difference between themselves and the consultant who comes in to get a project done. If you’re doing the same job you’re the same, right? Not necessarily. There are times where a consultant is hired just to fill a void but more times than not that consultant is brought in because they have experience outside of what the employees can offer. Meaning the jobs might be the same but the product is wholly different.
- You may be an “outsider”. Consultants, in theory, are brought in to perform a task and then go. The task could be a matter of days to a number of years but you are not a permanent fixture. Some groups take the time to welcome in a consultant as they would a new employee while others will make no effort on your entry or exit from the office. In the latter case, don’t take it personally. They treat all consultants like that; it’s not you, it’s them. Really.
- Have a thick skin. You are there because there are problems. When you point out those issues, likely one of the employees will be a fault for not having properly done their work. Nobody likes their faults being pointed out to management, especially by a know-it-all consultant who gets paid too much. It’s also not going to score you brownie points with the team because they are now worried that you are going to uncover one of their errors. That’s why you need the thick skin. You need to be willing to point out these errors and accept the disdain of some employees, otherwise you’re doing yourself and your client a disservice.
- Lastly, some of the employees will not like you! Aside from the reasons above, in the workplace there is a diverse group of personalities. Not everyone gets along! Be professional and do what is best for the client.
Just remember, you’re only there for a limited period of time and your commitment is to providing the client with a working solution. You will step on toes along the way. If you are not finding and fixing others’ problems, you are not doing your job.
Don’t expect a pat on the back. Your reward will come when your current client gives you a glowing recommendation to a future client, earning you more business.
This post is not to justify you being insufferable, arrogant or belligerent on client site. It’s just a reminder that you’re not there to make friends; you’re there because you have a particular set of skills…
Make sure you use them! Your business and reputation rely on your results.