Aether Systems, Inc., a provider of wireless and mobile data solutions, announced the launch of a new package tracking and proof of delivery application, 20/20 Delivery. Based on the company's Fusion platform, 20/20 Delivery is a wireless logistics application that provides complete visibility into the supply chain, from package and vehicle tracking to driver management and communication. Corporate Express, a Buhrmann Company, one of the world's largest business-to-business suppliers of essential office and computer products and services, plans to deploy 20/20 Delivery, across its entire U.S. fleet of more than 1,600 trucks. In doing so, Corporate Express joins several other companies and government agencies that have chosen 20/20 Delivery as their wireless logistics solution, according to the company. According to the company, Aether 20/20 Delivery uses hand held computers in lieu of clipboards to monitor driver and vehicle productivity. Real-time package and delivery information is wirelessly delivered to the company's back-end data system, helping improve customer service and payment cycles. Two-way messaging allows drivers and operations personnel to communicate with each other in real time, whether they need to confirm special delivery instructions or cancel orders in progress. "Aether is very pleased to bring to the market a complete logistics solution that improves productivity, customer service and the bottom line for any company that manages a fleet of delivery vehicles," said Gregg Smith, president of Aether Systems Enterprise Mobility Solutions. "With 20/20 Delivery, we have put to use lessons learned over many years of creating wireless logistics solutions to create a best in class product. The decision by Corporate Express to install the solution on its entire fleet is a very powerful validation and we look forward to a long and successful relationship." The company says 20/20 Delivery improves upon Aether's previous generation e-Mobile Delivery application, and can be implemented as a real-time wireless solution or as a mobile, synchronized solution or a combination of the two. Handheld device options include the Pocket PC or Palm OS and the application runs on various PDAs, including ruggedized Symbol and Intermec devices. The company says comprehensive wireless tracking and management tools make 20/20 Delivery the most efficient way of managing the delivery process ­ from vehicle monitoring and driver check-in reports, to real-time package status information, 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 options For more information, please visit