Networkfleet Connect integrates fleet management, Garmin navigation

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Updated Jun 16, 2011

Networkfleet, a provider wireless fleet management, announced the release of Networkfleet Connect, a set of field management capabilities that integrate with compatible Garmin navigation devices. With Networkfleet Connect, fleet managers can assign jobs, dispatch drivers to specific destinations, provide turn-by-turn directions and communicate with drivers in real time, all via the driver’s in-cab Garmin device.

Networkfleet Connect is designed to give service and delivery fleets the ability to efficiently manage job creation to completion, allowing them to respond quickly to customers, improve routing and increase the number of jobs. Networkfleet Connect is compatible with Garmin devices that support Fleet Management Interface Version 2.6 and higher.

Primary features, according to the company, include:
• Job Creation/Dispatch: Create and assign jobs by address, landmark, latitude/longitude and vehicle; dispatch drivers to specified destinations via their in-cab Garmin device; and schedule jobs proactively in real time or for future dates and times.
• Two-way Messaging: Communicate in real time with drivers in the field, including custom driver response options (i.e. free form text, yes/no, etc.). Send notifications in real-time or schedule messages to drivers with important job-related information.
• Connect Dashboard: Access at-a-glance job snapshots showing jobs in progress, recently completed jobs and a summary of the day’s job activity. View most recent messages sent between drivers and dispatchers.
• In-Cab Garmin Features: View, accept and update job status directly from the Garmin device, and access turn-by-turn navigation and directions to specified jobsites.

“Networkfleet Connect gives fleets the power to manage their businesses more efficiently,” says Keith Schneider, president and chief executive officer of Networkfleet. “By assigning and monitoring jobs directly with drivers in real time, this capability provides them with a significant competitive advantage. At the same time, fleets using Networkfleet Connect benefit from the comprehensive reporting, diagnostic monitoring and GPS tracking provided by Networkfleet’s wireless fleet management system.”