Trimble says it has introduced a new feature as part of its Telvisant™ Fleet Management System--DriveSafe reporting. The new DriveSafe reporting feature, developed with McNeilus Companies Inc., provides ready-mix fleet owners and managers with indicators of unsafe driving behavior that could lead to truck rollovers, says the company.
The announcement was made at the World of Concrete, the industry's largest annual commercial construction show.
According to the company, the new Telvisant DriveSafe reporting feature uses Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and a speedometer sensor to gather vital driving statistics. The new proprietary report provides the information necessary to spot driving tendencies and patterns that can potentially lead to rollovers. Ready mix trucks can roll over – or tip – if a driver turns too sharply or quickly. The driver safety report summarizes data on hard turns, hard starts, hard braking and speeding, both while loaded and unloaded. Operation managers can compare individualized driver performance against fleet standards and use the data to train and counsel their drivers to avoid rollovers and accidents and to enhance safety.
Trimble and McNeilus
Trimble and McNeilus formed a strategic alliance in March of 2002 to offer the Trimble Telvisant fleet management solution as a factory-installed and aftermarket option on McNeilus' ready mix concrete trucks.
The system is being marketed, distributed and sold through McNeilus' sales channel.
About the Trimble Telvisant Fleet Management System
The Trimble Telvisant system is a complete solution that includes hardware, wireless connectivity, software and service. The automated system allows fleet managers to use location-based services to improve productivity. In addition, Telvisant is compatible with most dispatch and enterprise software products used by concrete producers.
The new Telvisant DriveSafe reporting feature is expected to be available in April 2003.
About McNeilus Companies, Inc.
McNeilus Companies Inc., a subsidiary of Oshkosh Truck Corporation, is a manufacturer of concrete mixers, concrete batch plants and refuse truck bodies.
Oshkosh Truck Corporation is a manufacturer of specialty trucks and truck bodies for the fire and emergency, defense, concrete placement and refuse hauling markets. Products are marketed under the Oshkosh, Pierce, McNeilus, Geesink, Norba and Medtec brand names.
For more information, visit www.mcneiluscompanies.com
About the Trimble Mobile Solutions Division
The Trimble Mobile Solutions Division offers complete solutions for location-based services (LBS) and mobile resource management (MRM), which include location-aware mobile devices, software, Internet location-based services and wireless operator relationships. The division focuses on advanced wireless applications for fleet and workforce management, telematics, theft recovery and public safety.
Trimble is a provider of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
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