October 6, 2000 - Industry News
The Federal Communications Commission will allow Flash Comm Inc., Melbourne, FL, to use a portion of the HF radio spectrum for its nationwide two-way tracking and messaging network.
Targeted at transportation and public service industries, the network
Bell Mobility, Lenbrook and Datumtech will form AirIQ Inc., a new company that will develop and market advanced wireless fleet management solutions for commercial vehicles.
Programs will allow fleet managers to locate and track vehicles, remotely unlock
Geotek Communications, an international provider of wireless communications and fleet management applications, has added its tenth U.S. regional wireless network covering the cities of Houston and Galveston, TX.
Geotek’s advanced wireless network allows dispatchers, fleet managers and
DP Solutions has enhanced PMC for Windows, which now offers Internet and CD-ROM access.
New external options include Internet Access, Interfaces option for accessing external programs such as OSHA regulations on CD-ROM, and Add-Ons that allow the
Percon Inc., manufacturer of portable data collection terminals for bar code-based data collection, has introduced the Falcon RF Portable Data Terminal, a wireless version of its DOS-based portable data terminal.
The hand-held DOS terminal is designed to
Innovative Computing Corp., Oklahoma City, OK, has introduced a Bar Coding Module for its Fleet Assistant/400 program.
Designed to help fleets save time, the module creates an in-house scanning code for all incoming parts, eliminating the need
Geotek Communications has upgraded its Automatic Vehicle Location solution, designed to provide precise, real-time fleet information.
AVL Pro now enables the dispatcher to record and playback any vehicle’s movements during the course of the day to determine
Cadec Systems has introduced the Cadec 4000ST, an electronic vehicle information system designed to monitor vehicle performance and driver safety
Cadec 4000ST features an integrated on-board computer, personalized driver PCMCIA cards, a card reader and OfficEnabler software.
EPA tells marketers that enforcement of new underground storage tank regulations will be a top priority for the agency in 1997. Industry has until 1998 to comply with some of the stricter regulations, but a nationwide
The sign that has virtually symbolized high quality auto/truckstop services across America for more than three decades, is about to disappear over the horizon.
The board of directors of National Auto/Truckstops Holdings Corp. recently announced that National
Bobbie J. Bynum of Cartersville, GA, was selected as the National Driver of the Year by Ryder Transportation Services at the annual awards banquet in Miami, FL.
Bynum is employed by ATCO Rubber Products and has been
The Florida Commission on the Status of Women has named Ryder System one of the five most “Women-Friendly” employers in the state of Florida.
The employers were selected on the basis of responses to a statewide survey
Xata Corp. has introduced a 32-bit version of its RouteView software.
Product is designed to develop cost-effective local, regional and national routes by automatic repetitive tasks such as locating and assigning stops.
The map-based software processes stops and
The Truckload Carriers Assn. is looking for photos to use in its 1997-98 annual report.
TCA is particularly interested in shots featuring the truckload segment of the trucking industry, and creativity is welcomed.
The first-place winner will receive
Cannon Express will equip American Mobile Satellite Corp.’s fleet of 900 trucks with Mobile Messaging Service units.
The messaging services are designed to help fleets lower operating costs, improve customer service and increase driver productivity, safety
Comdata Corp. has launched Comdata Answer Plus, designed to enhance the phone services already available on the Comchek card.
Available to Comdata’s current phone customers at no charge, Comdata Answer Plus offers such features as speed dialing,
TCA’s Auxiliary has published the Truckers in the Kitchen cookbook, with proceeds benefitting the TCA Scholarship Fund.
The cookbook features 500 recipes submitted by members of the trucking industry. In addition to dishes such as artichoke cheese
Xata Enterprise Technologies has released Desktop Dispatch, a Windows-based, 32-bit Internet-enabled dispatching application that provides a full-fleet operating system.
Software combines multiple dispatch functions into one desktop application, performing such tasks as order entry, equipment and driver
Stewart & Stevenson Services has opened its Truck & Transport Refrigeration Service Center on I-12 in Hammond, LA.
Built in response to the needs of drivers of heavy duty trucks and motorhomes, the facility provides major repair
John Sarto, president of the OmniTRACS Div. of Qualcomm, appeared on World Business Review, a weekly technology television series hosted by Caspar Weinberger, chairman of Forbes magazine and former secretary of defense.
In addition to Sarto’s participation
Landstar Ranger held its annual Ranger Days Open House at its headquarters in Jacksonville, FL, honoring its Million Mile Safe Drivers and winners of the 1997 National Safe Driving Championship.
In the company’s annual safe driving competition,
West Side Transport, Cedar Rapids, IA, has been awarded the 1997 Trailmobile Fleet Safety Award.
Sponsored by the Iowa Motor Truck Assn., the American Trucking Assns. and Trailmobile, the award is presented to a company that operates
TravelCenters of America has awarded Buntin Out-of-Home Media the management of its outdoor advertising program.
The contract calls for Buntin to provide outdoor advertising management services to the Westlake, OH-based corporation’s 125 locations in 36 states. TravelCenters
The Professional Truck Driver Institute of America (PTDIA) has elected its new board of directors that includes 14 new directors and Crete Carrier Corp. Chairman Duane Acklie as its incoming chairman.
Acklie will replace Herb Schmidt, CFI
Gerber Poultry, a Kidron, OH-based company that provides fresh and frozen poultry products to northeast and north central Ohio, has selected Xata as the hardware and software platform for its next-generation fleet management system.
Gerber’s goal in
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