Following an initial pilot underway in a limited geographic area, RydeSmart is due to be expanded to customers across North America in multiple phases through 2007.
The pilot includes more than 5,000 vehicles assigned to specific customers in a range of industries including: food & beverage, textiles, and building and construction materials.
RydeSmart leverages Ryder’s 73 years of experience, industry buying power and fleet size of more than 160,000 vehicles with Teletrac’s integrated global positioning system (GPS), wireless data and micro-chip technologies, and Cingular’s extensive, nationwide wireless data coverage area.
Cingular has the nation’s largest digital wireless data network with availability in 13,000 cities and towns, and along some 40,000 miles of major highways.
We have developed extensive intellectual capital and highly refined processes around maximizing the efficiency of our customers’ transportation functions, said Tony Tegnelia, president of Ryder’s US Fleet Management Solutions.
Since the 1980s, we have utilized onboard telematics to achieve high levels of transportation precision and tracking, primarily for customers whose high-value shipments necessitated a significant onboard technology investment. This new alliance brings together three world-class providers to make state-of-the-art RydeSmart technology affordable to improve the performance of businesses of all sizes in every industry.
RydeSmart is a compact hardware and software unit that is installed into a truck and connected to the vehicle’s existing computer and diagnostics systems. The unit continuously monitors the vehicle’s location, mileage and speed, as well as other performance and diagnostic data.
That information is communicated every 15 minutes and on-demand, as necessary, via a secure connection with the Cingular network to fleet operators’ desktops. Using this depth of real-time fleet information and visibility, fleet operators can advance vehicle uptime, driver efficiency, highway safety and cargo security, and the real-time tracking of customer fleet operations.