Cadec Global launches SOA-based solution PowerVue

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Cadec Global, a provider of fleet management systems, today, Oct. 8, launched PowerVue, which it describes as the trucking industry’s first Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)-based, hosted fleet management solution.

Intended to enable companies to maximize the business value of their fleets, Cadec’s PowerVue is designed to help fleet managers address challenges such as:

  • Improving efficiency and reducing costs by integrating actionable fleet information with existing routing, mapping and supply chain management software;
  • Creating dashboards of relevant information for each stakeholder in the supply chain – from dispatcher, to fleet manager, to CEO, to customer;
  • Ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations by automating paper-based administrative processes such as Department of Transportation logs and fuel tax;
  • Visibility into driver safety data, including speed, route/location and idle time; and
  • Meeting and exceeding customer service expectations.
  • Unlike traditional mobile communications systems that primarily emphasize messaging and location, or OBC systems that focus on collecting data, PowerVue adds a level of intelligence by combining the most advanced onboard computer system with a Web-based, enterprise-class data management application, according to Cadec; this enables PowerVue to translate vast amounts of fleet data collected from each vehicle into actionable information that can be leveraged throughout the supply chain.

    While simple, browser-based tools are limited to providing access over the Web, PowerVue’s use of Web-services technology combined with its dynamic Web interface provides new levels of end-user customization to adjust to the way each person needs to see their data, as well as easy integration to systems throughout the supply chain, Cadec says; users easily can create role-based dashboards to present data to different types of stakeholders within the organization and even create customer service portals for their clients to view real-time information on when to expect their deliveries, including a map that tracks truck locations.

    Turning fleet data into actionable information, PowerVue is comprised of several components, according to the company:

  • PowerVue Office: A Web-based, enterprise-class fleet management application platform that provides a real-time interface and central repository for all mobile asset data. Leveraging an SOA design, PowerVue is based on technologies from Oracle, Microsoft, HP and EMC, and is hosted at a Tier 1, SAS70-compliant facility for maximum security, scalability and reliability;
  • PowerVue Advanced Applications: Designed to extend and enhance the functionality of PowerVue based on specific industry/business requirements, these add-on applications include temperature tracking, door tracking, power take-off tracking and trailer validation;
  • PowerVue Bridge: The industry’s first Web-services integration framework, providing unlimited application integration capability based on industry-standard, XML-based technology. With PowerVue Bridge, fleet data easily can be tied to other systems in a company’s supply chain – for example, dispatch, routing, fuel tax, DOT compliance and supply chain management applications; and
  • PowerVue On-board Computer: The PowerVue OBC, designed with drivers in mind, is a new two-piece design running Microsoft Windows CE 5.x. with a separate 7-inch color touchscreen driver interface. This combination enables it to collect driver, vehicle, route and delivery information in real time and wirelessly transmit data to a central datacenter.
  • “The launch of PowerVue marks yet another first that Cadec has introduced to the market,” says Michael Baney, chief executive officer of Manchester, N.H.-based Cadec. “It’s the culmination of months of work that involved not just the efforts of our employees, but also the many customers who gave us their input on the ideal fleet management software, and then helped us refine the product by field-testing it in their own environments. We’re very proud of the result.”

    See PowerVue live at the IFDA conference this week, or via Webinar Cadec will publicly demonstrate PowerVue for the first time at the IFDA-sponsored Foodservice Distribution Conference & Expo, taking place today, Oct. 8, and Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky. Cadec also will demonstrate PowerVue at the ATA 2007 Management Conference & Exhibition, taking place Oct. 20-23 at Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Conference Center in Orlando, Fla.

    On Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. ET, Cadec will host a free webinar on PowerVue; to register, go to