The MobileMax multi-mode wireless communications system from GeoLogic Solutions can now receive software downloads over the air using Cingular's GPRS high-speed wireless data network. The new capability means all of a fleet's MobileMax systems can be upgraded at once without bringing trucks into terminals or service locations. www.gogeologic.com
An online calculator from Netistix Technologies Corp. lets fleets identify savings that can be achieved by identifying, monitoring and correcting driver behavior such as idling, speeding and driving off-route. The customizable calculator lets users enter vehicle fuel consumption information, fuel costs and target goals for reduction of fuel-inefficient driver habits. The calculator can be accessed at www.netistix.com/calculator/index.php.
Having used Arsenault Assocs.' Dossier maintenance management software for its 315-vehicle truck-fleet operation, Affiliated Foods Midwest Cooperative has decided that the program can also help them better maintain over 275 forklifts used in its Norfolk, NB, warehouse. “We also use Dossier to track maintenance of practically every system inside the warehouse - air compressors, carousels, conveyors, HVAC evaporators, condensers, compressors and about 50 pieces of miscellaneous equipment,” says Affiliated Foods' Lance Mortensen.
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-18 convertible tablet PC now comes with an embedded Novatel wireless modem for the Cingular BroadbandConnect high-speed wireless network. That network, based on the new UMTS/HSDPA standards, offers average download speeds of 400 to 700 kps, with bursts of more than one mps. When roaming outside of Cingular's BroadbandConnect network, the modem connects over the company's EDGE network, with provides average download speeds of up to 135 kps.