For fleets that don't need the full functionality or cost associated with larger solutions, Qualcomm Inc. is releasing a new Mobile Computing Platform (MCP). The MCP50 will be available in the fall.
Benefits to using the MCP50 include flexible pricing plans that allow fleets to choose the applications they need. It also includes Basic, Compliance, Safety (CSA) and Compliance and Premium bundled applications. Additional applications will be available for those fleets with more extensive needs.
Options in the MCP50 include CSA safety monitoring to help fleets manage their performance; hours-of-service compliance through an electronic onboard recording (EOBR) system; critical event reporting with dashboard to track performance; onboard navigation; vehicle location tracking; and analytics manager to provide “actionable information on operational performance in easy-to-use dashboards, graphs and tables,” the company said.
“We designed the MCP50 specifically for medium- to small-fleet operators,” said Norm Ellis, vice president-transportation logistics sales and services. “We've tried to create a right-sized product that gives the medium and small guys the same computing and technology advantages larger fleets get with our MCP100 and MCP200 systems.”
Ellis noted Qualcomm is offering ALK's CoPilot Truck onboard, truck-specific GPS navigation solution with the MCP50 as it's a lower-cost option than its other real-time navigation service. This is a way to give medium and smaller carriers a chance to tap into technology that potentially can help them improve efficiency without breaking the bank.