AT&T (NYSE: T) recently announced the launch of three new dispatch management and mobile transportation applications from Complete Innovations and Xata Corporation (NASDAQ: XATA). Designed to streamline operations, optimize fleet and mobile workforce performance and facilitate fleet manager’s adherence with the CSA 2010 initiative, these new features will enhance AT&T’s portfolio of fleet tracking solutions.
Businesses that use these new fleet tracking features can get valuable insight into fuel consumption, vehicle maintenance needs, asset location and more, while drivers can find destinations more easily to deliver products on time. Over the last several years, the number of companies using fleet management solutions has grown substantially, fueled by advanced technologies such as powerful smartphones, GPS location services and machine-to-machine solutions. Frost & Sullivan industry analysts noted in a 2010 report that the subscriber base for Field Asset Management has increased from 1.4 million subscribers in 2008 to 2.4 million in 2010.
Xata Turnpike from AT&T helps private and for-hire fleets and owner-operators to comply with CSA 2010, a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative intended to reduce commercial motor vehicle-related accidents. Xata Turnpike makes it easy for businesses to abide by hours of service (HOS) and International Fuel Tax (IFTA) reporting requirements, while simultaneously helping them to optimize their fleets’ performances. Users can install Xata Turnpike from AT&T in just minutes and then run the application on their existing mobile devices.
“The impact of CSA on a fleet’s operations is enormous,” said David Gagne, Chief Operating Officer, Xata. “In fact, the FMCSA estimates that 47.9 percent of carriers that received satisfactory ratings during the past five years would fail inspections under the new rules. Xata Turnpike from AT&T is a simple and affordable way for companies and drivers to collect, see, sort and use driver and vehicle data to improve safety and compliance. And best of all, they can use their existing AT&T-enabled cell phones, smartphones and tablet computers.”
The all-new fleet tracking solutions will be available directly from AT&T.
“Challenged by rapidly increasing operating costs, companies that routinely use vehicles need to manage their fleets more effectively than ever,” said Chris Hill, vice president, Advanced Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. “That’s why we’re adding three new, efficiency-boosting solutions to our Fleet Management portfolio. Courier Complete from AT&T, Fleet Complete from AT&T and Xata Turnpike from AT&T will help our customers closely monitor all aspects of vehicle activity for enhanced productivity and cost savings.”
AT&T’s fleet management products have won numerous counts of recognition, including being ranked number one for Next-Generation Fleet Management Solutions by business decision-makers in 2010. Cost-effective and feature-rich, the Xata Turnpike solution recently won the Frost & Sullivan Price Performance Value Leadership Award for Commercial Vehicle Fleet Management