off the wire

Dec. 1, 2006
Brent Russell has been named vp, national sales for GE's Trailer Fleet Services business in the U.S.

Brent Russell has been named vp, national sales for GE's Trailer Fleet Services business in the U.S. He joined GE in 1991, most recently serving as Eastern Division sales vp for the trailer services division.

UniGroup Inc., the parent of household goods movers Mayflower Transit and United Van Lines, will install the SkyBitz GLS 200 trailer tracking system in its fleet of more than 10,000 trailers. It is replacing an older system that was only able to send trailer location information when the trailer was tethered to a tractor.

Norm Ellis, vp & gm Global Transportation and Logistics for Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions, has expanded his role to assume the leadership of all aspects of Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions' worldwide transportation and logistics-related business.

Truckload carrier Contract Freighters Inc. (CFI) is moving to Cingular GPRS high-speed wireless data communications for its MobileMax communications and fleet management system. With a fleet of 2,600 tractors in North American operations, CFI will also begin testing the next generation of the GeoLogic system, which features a new touch-screen color display running Windows CE.

A new web-base tracking and fleet management system from Power-Trak.com combines GPS location and GPRS high-speed wireless data communications with the next generation of Web 2.0 technology, according to developers. A dashboard-type interface allows fleets to quickly analyze equipment mileage, fuel consumption, idling time and customer stops, among other vehicle performance parameters. Power-trac.com

UniGroup Inc., the parent of household goods movers Mayflower Transit and United Van Lines, will install the SkyBitz GLS 200 trailer tracking system in its fleet of more than 10,000 trailers. It is replacing an older system that was only able to send trailer location information when the trailer was tethered to a tractor, according to SkyBitz.

TerraTrace ERP from Archetype Inc. allows trailer, tractor and other asset tracking to be integrated with major Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platforms such as SAP, PeopleSoft and Oracle, according to the developer. Using either cellular or satellite wireless networks, TerraTrace onboard devices transmit location and status information to a secure data center where it is made available to authorized users via a secure Internet connection. www.archetypecorp.com

Trailcon Leasing Inc., a provider of trailers, intermodal equipment and fleet management services in Canada, has become a distributor of WebTech Wireless' Quandrant trailer tracking system. The hosted system offers untethered trailer tracking throughout North America. Trailcon currently owns or maintains a fleet of 5,000 trailers.

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