6/4/2003 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) and RouteSmart Technologies, Inc., a global leader in supplying GIS-based route optimization software for the waste management industry, announced that they have signed a joint marketing agreement to integrate Trimble's Internet-based fleet management solution with RouteSmart's route optimization products. By integrating these products, waste and recycling haulers will have access to the most advanced automated fleet tracking and routing solution offered in the industry.
The announcement was made at WASTE EXPO 2003, the largest tradeshow in North America serving the $43 billion solid waste and recycling market.
As part of the agreement, Trimble and RouteSmart will collaborate to create an interface that connects Trimble's TelvisantTM Fleet Management System with RouteSmart's route planning software. Fleet operators will be able to optimize their routes in RouteSmart, then compare the planned route to actual performance data gathered by Trimble's Telvisant system. Fleet managers and route planners can then monitor productivity and improve the efficiency of their vehicles.
"Telvisant provides the actual container lift times and locations, transfer station times, and travel times RouteSmart needs to calibrate and fine-tune its optimization algorithms. Using this data, RouteSmart clients can further refine their workload statistics to reflect actual - not estimated - tonnages and service times," said Chris Walz, RouteSmart Technologies' vice president of sales and marketing. "With GPS and Internet-based truck tracking technology seamlessly integrated with our route optimization software, waste and recycling businesses will have a powerful new tool for driving significant new productivity into their fleet operations. We are creating a total information system loop -- it's simple and automated for haulers."
"Trimble has assembled a 'best of breed' fleet management solution for the refuse market by aligning with RouteSmart," said Michael Lesyna, vice president and general manager of Trimble's Mobile Solutions Division. "The combination of Trimble's in-vehicle hardware and services and RouteSmart's sophisticated route optimization software gives refuse haulers an unprecedented capability to streamline operations and improve customer service."
The Trimble Telvisant System is a complete solution that includes hardware, wireless connectivity, software and service. The platform allows fleet managers to use location-based services to improve productivity.
About RouteSmart Technologies, Inc.
RouteSmart Technologies, Inc. provides route optimization solutions on a worldwide basis to leading private companies and government agencies in the waste management, newspaper, utility meter reading, postal and local delivery industries. Organizations such as Federal Express Home Delivery, The New York Times, ConEd, Republic Services Group, and cities such as Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Washington DC rely on the detailed, precision oriented routing capabilities of the RouteSmart system solution for achieving operational efficiency on a daily basis. Unlike other routing software packages, RouteSmart software is designed and enhanced continually with the specific needs of each vertical industry. RouteSmart Technologies' clients save hundreds of thousands of dollars annually by using RouteSmart software in their operations. For more information, visit www.routesmart.com.
About Trimble's Mobile Solutions Division
Trimble's Mobile Solutions Division offers complete solutions for location-based services (LBS) and mobile resource management (MRM). These solutions 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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