For small fleets struggling to absorb the financial impact of the fuel increase, there's never been a more crucial time to deploy systems that are less capital intensive and can have an immediate return on investment (ROI)
PORTLAND, Ore. (PRWEB) August 27, 2008
With fuel costs soaring, pressure to maximize asset utilization through technology has reached a critical point. Speeding costs about 1/10 of one gallon of fuel for every MPH over 60, while 6 to 10 percent of every trip can be attributed to out-of-route miles. Likewise, an average of $9,102 per truck per year is spent on idling (based on 264 days on the road). All these scenarios burn unnecessary and costly fuel. By deploying telematics devices, fleets can monitor performance remotely, setting prescribed usage parameters so alarms are triggered if a vehicle deviates.
"For small fleets struggling to absorb the financial impact of the fuel increase, there's never been a more crucial time to deploy systems that are less capital intensive and can have an immediate return on investment (ROI)," explained David Sward, TransCore's GlobalWave general manager. "With fuel costs what they are, the ROI has practically doubled, cutting pay back time almost in half or with low cost lease-to-own programs the ROI can be virtually immediate."
CabLink, TransCore's next generation in-cab communications product, provides a higher level of automated features and integration, simplifying usage and installation. CabLink features and benefits include:
CabLink is a compact 100 percent satellite communications mobile terminal that polls truck locations and sends/ receives reports from anywhere in North America, eliminating the need for driver call-ins and driver checks while allowing a dispatcher to know where assets are at all times. -- Engine diagnostics:
The onboard processor plugs into the engine bus J1708, generating reports for engine fault codes, speeding and idling, over-revving as well as accurate mileage and state-line crossings for automated IFTA tax and mileage reporting. -- Enhanced in-cab driver/dispatcher communications:
CabLink's in-cab two-way messaging includes precise status and shipment update forms, and free form text messaging between driver and dispatcher, eliminating check calls. Every morning a dispatcher can walk in knowing where all trucks are without a single phone call.
Reduces communication costs and improves dispatcher productivity. -- Reduce out-of-route miles:
CabLink reduces out-of-route mile problems by providing accurate trip history with, automated odometer readings, accurate location reports, and complete breadcrumb trails. -- Advanced geofencing with automated arrival and departure notification
CabLink provides precise, automated arrival and departure data eliminating driver input error and saving the driver valuable time. Because of CabLink's advanced geofencing, it can report on hundreds of waypoints. Dispatchers will get accurate, detailed location information, which can be accessed by shippers or brokers at anytime. This allows for quick and easy detention billing.
-- Custom configurations with stop and start notification save on airtime:
CabLink's flexible report configurations significantly lower airtime costs with stop and start event reports and reduce reporting when trucks are parked. In addition, the complete CabLink solution will help monitor and maximize fleet performance and help recover misplaced or stolen equipment quickly, reducing insurance costs.
-- Easy installation
The low-profile CabLink terminal sits inconspicuously on top of the cab, or invisibly in the headliner, and can be kept out of sight.
-- Seamless software integration with major dispatch software programs. For more information, pricing, or to inquire about our low cost, lease-to-own programs, call 1.800.529.7634 or visit http://www.3sixty.transcore.com/text-tracking.
With more than 100 patents worldwide and pioneering applications of RFID, satellite communications, and internet-based logistics technologies, TransCore's expertise is unparalleled in the transportation markets it serves. TransCore's GlobalWave network includes three ground control stations that provide service to five continents and support customers worldwide including more than 660 commercial fleets throughout North America, the U.S. Department of Defense, and powers TransCore's 3sixty fleet management services. Today, TransCore's trailer tracking and communications unit reached distribution milestones exceeding 180,000 satellite communications transceivers worldwide.
TransCore operates as a unit of Roper Industries. Roper Industries is a market-driven, diversified growth company with trailing twelve month revenues of $2.2 billion, and is a component of the Fortune 1000, Standard & Poor's S&P Mid-Cap 400 and the Russell 1000 Indexes. Roper provides engineered products and solutions for global niche markets, including water, energy, radio frequency and research/medical applications.