Navman introduces new mobile data terminal

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Navman Wireless Business Solutions, a global provider of vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions, announced the addition of the advanced new Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) 860 as the latest enhancement to its asset-tracking system – the Navman Wireless Fleet Manager.

An optional add-on to its basic vehicle-tracking package, Navman’s MDT 860 is designed to offer fleet managers advanced driver management and mobile communications capabilities. Using OnlineAVL – a Windows-based mobile work force management interface – fleet managers can send low-cost, reliable and secure two-way text messages to the Mobile Data Terminal (MDT), Navman says.

The MDT is designed to enable drivers to receive real-time information, including en-route updates and directions, and allow them to respond to fleet managers using as many as 100 customizable, preprogrammed replies. The solution, which also incorporates features for driver management, can be set up to require a unique driver PIN number to facilitate logging driver activities, the company says.

Navman says features of the new MDT 860 include one-touch menu navigation; multi-tap (mobile phone style) alphanumeric keys for insertion of letters, numerals and syntax for free-form text message composition; an auto-scroll display for quick and convenient message viewing; pop-up indicators for new messaging alerts (e.g. “new messages,” “inbox full,” “login successful,” etc.); a message outbox that maintains a record of all communications sent from the device; and the ability to delete sent and received messages. For a personalized feel, the MDT 860 also allows users to configure a number of items such as font size, backlighting and buzzers. The enhanced OnlineAVL client interface incorporates new reports that enable customers to review driver logs, according to the company.

“Navman customers know that tracking both driver and vehicle activities is a critical factor in the success of their businesses,” says Renaat Ver Eecke, general manager of Lake Forest, Ill.-based Navman Wireless Business Solutions. “Our new MDT 860 gives drivers the ability to more effectively communicate, and fleet mangers the ability to better understand and streamline driver activity. With this information, companies will gain better insights into their day-to-day business operations and the power to make changes that directly impact their services to end customers.”

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Fully integrating fleet management software and Navman’s GPS Navigation Technology, the Navman Wireless Fleet Manager allows fleet managers to map vehicle and driver locations, analyze vehicle and driver activity (e.g. stops, mileage and idleness), define driver territories and communicate directly with vehicle operators, according to the company. A completely scalable and economical solution, the Navman Wireless Fleet Manager is suited for businesses with any fleet size and, according to the company, is the only vehicle management system that offers per-vehicle, fixed-rate pricing.