Paccar Parts touts cellular-based telematics fleet management service

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Updated Sep 16, 2011

Paccar Parts announced commercial availability of its aftermarket TruckerLink telematics and fleet management service. The company says the sophisticated easy-to-use offering lets dispatchers and maintenance staff view the location of their trucks, driver logs and fuel consumption reports, vehicle diagnostic data, inspection results and more.

TruckerLink utilizes proprietary Remote Carrier Switching technology that seamlessly switches the service’s cellular connection between GSM and CDMA networks. Paccar Parts says TruckerLink is comprised of three components:
• TruckerLink Fleet, a secure Website where data transmitted from trucks is monitored. Accessible from any computer, the site reports the operational status of all networked trucks fleetwide in real time;
• TruckerLink Advanced Mobile Gateway installed on trucks. The AMG communicates GPS location and diagnostics data in real time over cellular networks; and
• TruckerLink Driver, a collection of applications that make it quick and easy for drivers to log their hours of service and complete driver vehicle inspection reports when using a Windows laptop or notebook.

Paccar Parts says TruckerLink has been road-tested by fleets in North America – including small and mid-size companies that previously may have found it cost-prohibitive to purchase a high-end telematics service. Fleets of all sizes need an affordable telematics service that delivers immediate returns on investment, says Karl Mowat, general marketing manager for Paccar Parts.

Paccar Parts says TruckerLink, available at Kenworth and Peterbilt dealer locations, offers the following:
• Simple design. The service delivers sophisticated enterprise-grade programming via simple user interfaces. The crisply visual and highly intuitive interface encourages quick adoption by drivers, dispatchers and maintenance crews;
• Increased Uptime. TruckerLink plugs into a truck’s J1939 electronic databus, running vehicle diagnostic programs with system alerts reported real time at the TruckerLink Fleet Website. These TruckerLink reports help maintenance crews plan and prepare for repairs before trucks return from the road;
• Low cost, highly flexible, no surprises. The secure password-protected TruckerLink Fleet is accessed from any laptop or computer. There is no need to purchase specialized hardware to access the fleet-management service, and TruckerLink customers pay a fixed price each month;
• Heavy-duty engineering. Heavy-duty trucks are built to take pounding and stress. Accordingly, so is the rugged TruckerLink Advanced Mobile Gateway hardware; and
• Wireless connection. Typically, Wi-Fi service is isolated, transmitting data via satellite-based services is expensive, and every cellular carrier has some holes in their coverage. TruckerLink is engineered to automatically switch between GSM and CDMA cellular networks.

The Remote Carrier Switching technology meets the pressing need for a well-engineered fleet management system that features network redundancy, says David Kelly, product marketing manager for Paccar Parts. For more information, go to www.truckerlink.com or call 855-258-7825.