Navistar, Qualcomm affiliates in Mexico to offer OmniTracs

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Responding to the growing demand for telematics solutions in Mexico, affiliates of truck maker Navistar and telecommunications provider Qualcomm are collaborating to expand the availability of mobile communications systems designed to improve the efficiency of commercial freight haulers.

Navistar, maker of International brand trucks, has partnered with Corporacion Nacional del Radiodeterminacion S.A. de C.V. (CNR) to offer the OmniTracs mobile communications system to the Mexico market via Navistar’s Mexican subsidiary, Camiones y Motores Internacional de Mexico (CMI) and its dealer network. An affiliate of Qualcomm, CNR is the exclusive distributor of Qualcomm mobile information systems in Mexico.

The OmniTracs system is a satellite mobile information system designed to enable transportation companies to communicate with drivers; monitor vehicle location, maintenance and security status; and provide superior customer service. CMI now is marketing the OmniTracs system through its dealers to Mexican trucking companies.

“Navistar has provided telematics solutions in the U.S. since 2005 with its Aware telematics solution for truck and bus fleet operators,” says Daniel Lindberg, vice president and general manager for Warrenville, Ill.-based Navistar Electronics. “Collaborating with CNR, which has an established network to offer Qualcomm mobile information systems and services in Mexico, allows us to confidently offer a high-quality telematics solution to meet the growing demand among transportation companies and dealers in Mexico.”

Qualcomm says the OmniTracs system enables proactive fleet management by providing transportation companies the knowledge and tools needed to help them reduce operating costs and enhance productivity and security; two-way text and data communications are possible via the company’s in-cab hardware.

Fuel economy and asset utilization are just two of the many reports available with the OmniTracs system to help fleet managers track and budget their costs, according to Qualcomm; companies can better manage equipment maintenance schedules for both time and cost savings. Tamper-alert systems, panic alarms and satellite-tracking capabilities help minimize the risk of loss due to tampering and theft, and they help facilitate quick recovery by providing timely location information for law-enforcement agencies.