Minorplanet adds instant messaging

Sept. 27, 2002
Minorplanet Systems USA Inc. has announced a two-way instant messaging enhancement to its fleet management system, Vehicle Management Information (VMI). The fixed data terminal (FDT) works seamlessly with VMI and includes an in-cab message display, a small keyboard, 32 customizable preset messages and unlimited free text capabilities. In addition, a built-in SOS function provides quick messaging in
Minorplanet Systems USA Inc. has announced a two-way instant messaging enhancement to its fleet management system, Vehicle Management Information (VMI).

The fixed data terminal (FDT) works seamlessly with VMI and includes an in-cab message display, a small keyboard, 32 customizable preset messages and unlimited free text capabilities. In addition, a built-in SOS function provides quick messaging in case of vehicle problems or emergencies.

Kyle Burns, transportation supervisor for Sara Lee Bakery Group's 16-vehicle Dallas division, believes the FDT has significantly improved vehicle efficiency.

"The FDT feature allows my managers to immediately redirect a truck, saving critical time and reducing vehicle mileage, on average by at least 50 miles per week per vehicle," Burns said.

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