FleetAdvisor, a wireless management system designed for private fleet operations, has been converted to the Windows CE platform and re-launched by Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions (QWBS) group. The company purchased the DOS-based version of the system from Eaton Corp. last year and has now adapted the application for both its OmniTRACS satellite-based and OmniExpress land-based wireless networks.
Features of particular interest to private fleets include close integration with corporate logistics and ERP systems, as well as sophisticated route management tools, paperless driver logs and automated state mileage reporting. The FleetAdvisor onboard applications now run on Qualcomm's MVPc, a Windows CE full-featured computer it jointly developed with Symbol Technology. Fleets will be able to choose either ubiquitous satellite coverage or lower-cost land-based coverage for the system's real-time wireless data communications link, with both networks operating through Qualcomm's network management center. A dual modem system that will allow vehicle units to communicate over either network is also under development.
The core market for FleetAdvisor is private fleets with 25 or more vehicles and the ability to integrate real-time information from drivers and vehicles into their other applications, according to Norm Ellis, vp-business operations for QWBS. “The ROI (on FleetAdvisor) is in integration,” he says.
The move to Windows CE for the onboard hardware also gives fleets the ability to add new applications developed by Qualcomm or third parties, Ellis points out. For example, the company expects to release an “automated circle of service” feature in the next few months, allowing fleets to get automatic notification when a driver enters or leaves delivery or service areas.
Existing FleetAdvisor customers will need to transfer to the new Windows CE platform, Ellis says, but Qualcomm will continue to support the older DOS version so they can make that transfer gradually.
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