After more than three years of development work on its next generation wireless system for trucking, Qualcomm's Wireless Business Solutions (QWBS) kicked off a series of public events with a fleet users' conference in San Diego last month that will lead to a commercial launch for the OmniVision system in the fall. In addition to previewing the new system for approximately 100 fleets, QWBS also announced two new applications for its current OmniTRACS wireless system — a critical event recorder and a data-mining business intelligence platform.
OmniVision represents “a grounds-up design effort,” said QWBS president Joan Waltman, “but we also had to remember that we have loyal customers who have been using our original system for up to 20 years, and we had to be sure that they could migrate to the new one on their own timeline.”
Not only will OmniVision be backwards compatible with the company's OmniTRACS and OmniExpress system, but it has been designed so that fleets can mix all three systems seamlessly, she told FLEET OWNER. “Of course, we'll continue to support OmniTRACS for as long as fleets want us to.”
As part of the redesign of its hardware and services, QWBS is expanding application development for both systems, as well as broadening relationships with third parties to develop other applications.
The Critical Event Reporting (CER) application released at the users conference will automatically record hard-braking and other driver-performance incidents. Records can be sent back to fleets in near real-time over the wireless network as well as stored for retrieval at a later time where it can be used to reconstruct and review driver performance.
DataVisor is a server-based platform that will allow fleets to search and analyze information collected by the Sensor TRACS/400 performance monitoring application from vehicle sensor and data bus inputs.
Organizing that data into “a flexible, scalable, centralized data warehouse,” the new platform will allow individual users to customize data views and reports with a browser, according to Norm Ellis, Qualcomm vp and general manager for transportation and logistics. Possible uses include tracking operational trends, identifying top performers and analyzing specific performance factors.