2/5/2003 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced a significant new feature as part of its TelvisantTM Fleet Management System--DriveSafe reporting. The new DriveSafe reporting feature, developed with McNeilus Companies Inc., provides ready-mix fleet owners and managers with important indicators of unsafe driving behavior that could lead to expensive truck rollovers.
The new Telvisant DriveSafe reporting feature uses Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and a speedometer sensor to gather vital driving statistics. By delivering automated reports of the data, fleet operators gain complete, accurate and timely information on driving safety.
The new proprietary report provides the information necessary to spot driving tendencies and patterns that can potentially lead to rollovers. Ready mix trucks can roll over - or tip - if a driver turns too sharply or quickly. The driver safety report summarizes data on hard turns, hard starts, hard braking and speeding, both while loaded and unloaded. Operation managers can compare individualized driver performance against fleet standards and use the data to train and counsel their drivers to avoid rollovers and accidents and to enhance safety.
Trimble and McNeilus
Trimble and McNeilus formed a strategic alliance in March of 2002 to offer the Trimble Telvisant fleet management solution as a factory-installed and aftermarket option on McNeilus' ready mix concrete trucks. The system is being marketed, distributed and sold through McNeilus' sales channel.
About the Trimble Telvisant Fleet Management System
The Trimble Telvisant system is a complete solution that includes hardware, wireless connectivity, software and service. The automated system allows fleet managers to use location-based services to improve productivity. In addition, Telvisant is compatible with most dispatch and enterprise software products used by concrete producers.
To be efficient, ready mix concrete dispatchers must constantly check incoming customer orders against concrete production and delivery capacities. Historically, truck drivers have used radio, cell phones, or text messaging to send information to dispatchers. The problem: drivers must provide status updates manually, and do it consistently. Often the dispatcher receives incomplete or inaccurate information from the field.
The Trimble Telvisant system solves this problem by using GPS technology and other sensors to automate the delivery cycle. Dispatchers no longer need to depend on drivers for timely status information. Instead, they will receive automated information via the Internet which includes: truck status when loading at the plant, leaving the plant, arriving at the job, adding water to the concrete, starting the concrete pour, ending the concrete pour, washing the trucks, leaving the job, and arriving at the plant to complete the delivery cycle. The Telvisant system automates the entire process.
The new Telvisant DriveSafe reporting feature is expected to be available in April 2003.
About McNeilus Companies, Inc.
McNeilus Companies Inc., a subsidiary of Oshkosh Truck Corporation, is a leading manufacturer of concrete mixers, concrete batch plants and refuse truck bodies. Headquartered in Dodge Center, Minn., the company has the largest direct sales and service network for concrete mixers in North America.
Oshkosh Truck Corporation [NYSE: OSK] is a leading manufacturer of specialty trucks and truck bodies for the fire and emergency, defense, concrete placement and refuse hauling markets. Products are marketed under the Oshkosh, Pierce, McNeilus, Geesink, Norba and Medtec brand names. The company is headquartered in Oshkosh, Wis., and had $1.74 billion annual sales in fiscal 2002.
For more information, visit www.mcneiluscompanies.com and www.oshkoshtruck.com.
About the Trimble Mobile Solutions Division
The Trimble Mobile Solutions Division offers complete solutions for location-based services (LBS) and mobile resource management (MRM), which include location-aware mobile devices, software, Internet location-based services and wireless operator relationships. The division focuses on advanced wireless applications for fleet and workforce management, telematics, theft recovery and public safety.
Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
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