Qualcomm OBC gets planning apps, installation options

The Qualcomm Mobile Computing Platform 50 (MCP50) will add two management applications this summer that can automate trip planning and updating for drivers as well as provide fleet managers with easy access to trip details.  The company has also announced an agreement with InstallerNet Inc. that gives it access to 1,100 technicians located throughout the U.S.  for installation of the MCP50.

Already available for the MCP100 and MCP200 platforms, Qualcomm’s Circle of Service Workflowand Trip Managerapplications are designed to automate and speed up trip-related communications between drivers and dispatch as well as improve driver productivity and customer service, according to Norm Ellis, VP of sales, services and marketing for Qualcomm Enterprise Services.

The Circle of Service app integrates with dispatch and fleet management systems to automate trip status updates instantly, prompt drivers to provide needed details for the back office, and integrate work-flow forms to capture data in the field automatically. Trip Manager allows fleets to create a route or plan, view it in progress, and monitor it in near real-time. It also allows dispatchers and others to view trips in progress, late stops, stop details and driver tasks on easy-to-read maps and graphical displays, according to the company.

The InstallerNet agreement creates a national  MCP50 installation program to minimize installation time and disruption, according to Qualcomm.

Qualcomm has also released program details for its Vision 2012 Management Conference,  which will be held June 4-7, 2012, at the Omni Hotel in San Diego.  In addition to addressing industry topics such as hours-of-service (HOS) best practices, asset management, and just-right-routing, the user event will include keynote addresses by Billy Beane, VP and GM of the Oakland A’s major league baseball team,  Annette Sandberg, Esq., CEO of TransSafe Consulting and former Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) administrator, and Richard Stocking, president and COO of Swift Transportation Company.

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