Teletrac, Inc., provider of metro fleet location information systems,
announced an upgrade for FleetDirector, its main fleet tracking system, to
run over General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) networks. The company says the upgrade enables
FleetDirector to provide more expansive geographic coverage for its vehicle
location capabilities in North America, and higher bandwidth transmission.
Teletrac is also announcing Prism, a GPRS location unit that current
FleetDirector users can install in their vehicles to upgrade to the GPRS
communication backbone. The Prism unit is now part of the FleetDirector
system package, which includes hardware installed in the vehicle, and
Internet-based software that runs over the main office computer.
"FleetDirector's overall mission is to improve fleet owners' bottom line,
whether through enhanced productivity, customer service, or security," said
Tony Eales, CEO of Teletrac, Inc. "Prism uses the latest wireless technology
to improve on the benefits FleetDirector already provides while
significantly increasing the geographic availability of our services."
According to the company, FleetDirector tracks the location of commercial vehicle fleets in real time,
streamlining fleet operations and giving fleet owners the tools to ensure
that drivers remain productive and fulfill the needs of their customers. It
also increases security by enabling fleet owners to locate and recover
The Prism unit locates the vehicle using Global Positioning System (GPS)
technology, and communicates the location information to the Internet-based
FleetDirector software via GPRS technology, a packet-based wireless
communication service for data. The company says GPRS is designed to give users faster and
easier access to data over the Internet with continuous connectivity,
enabling applications such as Teletrac's FleetDirector to quickly
communicate location information. GPRS also allows users to stay connected
to the Internet at all times and download information faster, as no time is
spent attempting to access a dial-up connection.
The coompany says GPRS is widely considered part of the technology migration to third
generation (3G) mobile networks that were built to provide faster data
communications to a larger geographic area. With the upgrade, Teletrac now
reaches more markets and will leverage third party sales channels located
throughout North America.
For more information on the Prism unit or Teletrac's full line of commercial
vehicle location information systems, call 1-800-835-3872 or visit Teletrac
on the Web at www.teletrac.net
Teletrac, based in Garden Grove, Calif., is the originator of wireless metro
location information systems. Teletrac says it has approximately
7,500 commercial fleet and consumer customers and has sold more than 100,000
of its tracking units throughout the U.S. The company's products give
commercial fleet managers the tools to track their fleets' movements, ensure
that their employees are meeting productivity goals and fulfilling the needs
of their respective customers. Teletrac's customers include
organizations such as the city of Houston, Texas. The company offers service
in major metropolitan areas across the U.S., including Chicago, Dallas,
Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Phoenix and Detroit.
Teletrac is a private, wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Trafficmaster,
Plc., the dominant quality traffic information provider in the worldwide