9/21/2004 - Intermec Technologies Corp. and Agentek Inc. have completed the deployment of a fully integrated, real-time wireless handheld mobile computing system for Ferrellgas of Liberty, Mo. The system is designed to capture accurate data about delivery and pick up operations for Ferrellgas, a retail marketer of propane. Agentek’s Agent Route Delivery application, using its new TXP wireless protocol, will interact in real time with the Ferrellgas enterprise system for routing, dispatch, delivery, field data collection and order completion. Approximately 4,000 Ferrellgas drivers and field technicians will use rugged Intermec model 750 or 760 mobile computers with integrated 802.11b radios for complete mobility.
The 700 Series mobile computers have powerful communication options, the latest battery and display technology, and state-of-the-art speed and memory capabilities that will allow the company to improve distribution time, enhance customer service and increase the efficiency of its operations.
“We are excited to see this solution rolled out to all of our facilities. Real-time information at the point of activity and complete customer information feeds a fully dynamic business model for us that leads to increased productivity,” said Pat Walsh, Ferrellgas vice president and chief information officer.
“The Ferrellgas solution is very complex, incorporating satellite communications, cellular communications, multiple modes of 802.11b and data exchange with our enterprise applications,” said Drew Mazeitis, manager of mobile technology and overall project manager at Ferrellgas.
“Ferrellgas has always provided safe, dependable propane service to its more than one million customers nationwide,” said Intermec Vice President Mike Colwell. “The Intermec and Agentek route delivery system allows the company to accomplish that same commitment faster, more accurately and more efficiently.”
The Intermec 700 Series mobile computers withstand daily use in harsh environments. The Intermec 750 and 760 are powered by the Microsoft® Windows® Pocket PC operating system, offering an unmatched range of communications options and the durability to handle the challenges of real-time daily work.
Intermec Technologies Corp., a UNOVA Inc. (NYSE:UNA) company, is a leader in global supply chain solutions and in the development, manufacture and integration of wired and wireless automated data collection, RFID (radio frequency identification), mobile computing systems, bar code printers and label media. The company s products and services are used by customers in many industries to improve productivity, quality and responsiveness of business operations, from supply chain management and enterprise resource planning to field sales and service.
To learn more about how companies can benefit from Intermec’s wireless technologies, contact Intermec Technologies Corp., 6001 36th Ave. West, Everett, WA 98203 USA; telephone 800-347-2636; or visit Intermec's web site at www.intermec.com. To learn more about UNOVA, visit www.unova.com.
Headquartered in Liberty, Mo., a suburb of Kansas City, Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. is one of the largest and fastest growing retail marketers of propane, serving more than one million customers nationwide. Ferrellgas’ retail propane distribution business consists principally of transporting propane purchased from third parties to retail distribution outlets and then to tanks on customers’ premises, as well as to portable propane tanks. Ferrellgas Partners’ common units trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol FGP. More information about Ferrellgas can be found online at www.ferrelgas.com.
About Agentek, Inc.
Since its beginning in 1995, Agentek Inc. has evolved into a fast growing, full-service solutions integration and software applications development company, specializing in mobile and wireless data collection. From customized and pre-packaged applications to backend enterprise integration, Agentek provides a complete solution spanning multiple vertical markets. Agentek’s unique architecture features its new TXP protocol that enables split-second wireless communications over both terrestrial and satellite networks. Agentek is a full reseller of mobile computing hardware, wireless networks and professional services packages.
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