TransCore’s GlobalWave in-cab satellite-based mobile communications and asset-tracking system now is compatible with McLeod Software, a provider of transportation management solutions software. The integration also allows GlobalWave satellite trailer tracking customers to view their equipment positions from within McLeod Software’s LoadMaster enterprise management software.
GlobalWave uses GPS and satellite communication technology, combined with a Web-based interface, requiring no software downloads, to allow carriers to locate trucks and communicate with drivers from anywhere the Internet can be accessed, TransCore says. The 100 percent satellite-based, in-cab messaging unit has pre-programmed response messages for the driver and is ruggedly built to withstand the demanding in-cab environment. Operational data capture or fleet management is designed to keep track of vehicle use and performance, including engine RPMs, idle time, odometer readings, speed and engine temperature. Users can select up to 8 different engine codes to monitor performance on an exception basis. Installation of the GlobalWave equipment can be done in as little as 15 minutes, according to the company.
“Through this alliance with McLeod Software, TransCore substantially enlarges its customer reach,” says David Sward, TransCore’s GlobalWave general manager. “Customers need their information and communications systems to work together to enhance customer service and improve efficiency. In this competitive market, integration is an effective way to meet customers’ needs.”
Through the integration, GlobalWave will allow users to send preformatted dispatch forms, such as pickup and delivery instructions or free form messages, directly from their dispatch software; these forms eliminate the need for typing long text messages and thus expedite the communication process. For GlobalWave’s fleet management customers, automated fuel tax reporting is provided to streamline the reporting process, and TransCore’s fuel tax monitoring service is provided free of charge.
“We value our relationship with TransCore,” says Rick Halbrooks, vice president of sales and marketing for McLeod Software, “and we welcome them as an integration partner with our LoadMaster Mobile Communications Symphony interface. Combining the two applications will enable our customers to better track and manage their vehicle fleets and obtain vital fleet information, which improves asset utilization, increases ROI and maximizes efficiency.”