Omnitracs expands web browsing for MCP110 and 200 users

Aug. 15, 2013

Omnitracs has introduced “terrestrial browsing” for users of its Mobile Computing Platform 110 and 200 (MCP110 and MCP200) to allow for more web browsing options.

With terrestrial browsing, drivers can access the Internet via Omnitracs’ MCP web browser and terrestrial network, avoiding “offline” periods associated with no WiFi connectivity.

According to Omnitracs, terrestrial browsing is ideal for long-haul drivers that need Internet access, regardless of WiFi accessibility. Standard terrestrial networks provide reliable connectivity for drivers removed from a central location—such as a truck stop or distribution center, where WiFi might be available—for enhanced access to information and improved quality of life.

“The longer our drivers are on the road, we’ve found it becomes increasingly important to offer a dependable channel that they can leverage to connect with the office and complete key business functions in a timely manner,” said Jeff Krutza, IT manager, of H.O. Wolding. “With the addition of the terrestrial browsing application, our drivers will have near-ubiquitous coverage, helping them feel close to the company and their family despite being on the road.”

Terrestrial browsing lets fleets designate a list of approved websites to help control costs. The application intelligently takes into account whether a driver is connected via a terrestrial or WiFi network, ensuring the most economical access to the company portal and other critical office functions that help improve driver productivity. Additionally, to ensure fleets can manage costs effectively, Omnitracs offers a choice of data plans to support not only terrestrial browsing, but also other key mobile office applications including in-cab scanning and media manager.

“As driver recruitment and retention remain top pain points for the trucking industry, enhanced access to information on the road is a vital component of many fleets’ strategy to keep their drivers happy, safe and productive,” said Vikas Jain, vice president of product management and software as a service at Omnitracs. “Omnitracs’ Wi-Fi and Terrestrial Browsing options help make drivers’ lives easier by providing new, easy and cost-effective ways to stay connected and complete daily operations within the convenience of their own cabs.”

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of FleetOwner, create an account today!

Sponsored Recommendations

Leveraging telematics to get the most from insurance

Fleet owners are quickly adopting telematics as part of their risk mitigation strategy. Here’s why.

Reliable EV Charging Solution for Last-Mile Delivery Fleets

Selecting the right EV charging infrastructure and the right partner to best solve your needs are critical. Learn which solution PepsiCo is choosing to power their fleet and help...

Overcoming Common Roadblocks Associated with Fleet Electrification at Scale

Fleets in the United States, are increasingly transitioning from internal combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles. While this shift presents challenges, there are strategies...

Report: The 2024 State of Heavy-Duty Repair

From capitalizing on the latest revenue trends to implementing strategic financial planning—this report serves as a roadmap for navigating the challenges and opportunities of ...