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Aether Systems Announces Availability of New Wireless and Mobile Logistics Solution

July 2, 2003

Aether Systems, Inc., a provider of wireless and mobile data solutions, announced the launchof a new package tracking and proof of delivery application, 20/20 Delivery.Based on the company's Fusion platform, 20/20 Delivery is awireless logistics application that provides complete visibility into thesupply chain, from package and vehicle tracking to driver management andcommunication. Corporate Express, a Buhrmann Company, one of the world's largestbusiness-to-business suppliers of essential office and computer products andservices, plans to deploy 20/20 Delivery, across its entire U.S. fleet ofmore than 1,600 trucks. In doing so, Corporate Express joins several othercompanies and government agencies that have chosen 20/20 Delivery as theirwireless logistics solution, according to the company.According to the company, Aether 20/20 Delivery uses hand held computers in lieu of clipboards tomonitor driver and vehicle productivity. Real-time package and deliveryinformation is wirelessly delivered to the company's back-end data system,helping improve customer service and payment cycles. Two-way messagingallows drivers and operations personnel to communicate with each other inreal time, whether they need to confirm special delivery instructions orcancel orders in progress."Aether is very pleased to bring to the market a complete logistics solutionthat improves productivity, customer service and the bottom line for anycompany that manages a fleet of delivery vehicles," said Gregg Smith,president of Aether Systems Enterprise Mobility Solutions. "With 20/20Delivery, we have put to use lessons learned over many years of creatingwireless logistics solutions to create a best in class product. Thedecision by Corporate Express to install the solution on its entire fleet isa very powerful validation and we look forward to a long and successfulrelationship." The company says 20/20 Delivery improves upon Aether's previous generation e-Mobile Deliveryapplication, and can be implemented as a real-time wireless solution or as amobile, synchronized solution or a combination of the two. Handheld deviceoptions include the Pocket PC or Palm OS and the application runs on variousPDAs, including ruggedized Symbol and Intermec devices.The company says comprehensive wireless tracking and management tools make 20/20 Delivery themost efficient way of managing the delivery process ­ from vehiclemonitoring and driver check-in reports, to real-time package statusinformation, to wireless proof of delivery.Features of the solution include the following:
  • Signature capture
  • Electronic manifest management
  • Integrated barcode scanning
  • Capture route log and delivery information
  • Driver messaging
  • Wide area and local area wireless options
  • Robust reporting tool
  • Multiple legacy interface optionsFor more information, please visit www.aethersystems.com.
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