Wireless communication provider Aether Systems has signed up County Transit (CT), a WI-based motor carrier, to use its MobileMax2 communications system for CT’s fleet of concrete delivery, dump and boom trucks.
MD-based Aether said the MobileMax2 system will help CT increase the level of customer service and improve overall productivity and efficiency of its fleet. CT has installed the system on a majority of its fleet of 150 trucks and plans to complete all installations during the second half of the year.
Aether explained that the MobileMax2 automatically switches between terrestrial-based and satellite communication pathways without driver or dispatcher intervention to ensure complete coverage and cost-efficient communications. The MobileMax2 data terminal transmits data messages and GPS position reports over both satellite and terrestrial communication pathways and provides data on vehicle fault codes and driver performance, the company said.
This information allows companies to evaluate individual driver and vehicle performance, notify operations when a vehicle engine exceeds specified parameters, and calculate the distance vehicles travel in each state, said Aether. CT added that it wants to use this data to develop cost-saving techniques such as managing drivers’ idle time, as well as preventing damage to its vehicles.
“Our business demands that we serve remote parts of the Midwest so investing in a system that keeps us in constant communications with our drivers was imperative,” said CT’s Andy Dupuis. “The dual-mode capabilities of Aether MobileMax2 exceeded our needs and is already driving a positive return-on-investment for our business.”