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March 8, 2009

Wireless Matrix releases in-cab navigation and communication system

Location-based data is transferred bi-directionally to allow drivers and dispatchers to communicate work assignments

By CBR Staff Writer

Wireless Matrix has said that its in-cab Navigation and Messaging system for its FleetOutlook is expected to be available for subscription beginning in late March 2009.

The company has said that combining an off-the-shelf personal navigation device (PND) or an in-cab laptop computer with the functionality of the FleetOutlook system, the Wireless Matrix Navigation and Messaging mini-applications connect drivers and dispatchers. Location-based data is transferred bi-directionally between the in-vehicle navigation platform and FleetOutlook, allowing drivers and dispatchers to communicate work assignments and messages, destination addresses and schedule changes.

The initial release of the Navigation and Messaging mini-applications supports navigation and free-form text messaging between dispatchers and vehicle operators. In addition, dispatchers are able to search for specific vehicles and send job site addresses via the dispatch job feature.

Adam Wegel, senior director of product management at Wireless Matrix, said: Our integrated Navigation and Messaging solution incorporates a number of innovations which significantly enhance dispatcher productivity, including a message status board, a detailed map with real-time location of vehicles, and an IM chat-style interface, all seamlessly integrated within a single tab-view in FleetOutlook.

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