Rand McNally announced that its navigation software has been integrated into Pride Transport’s 300-plus installed TruckPC mobile communications units. Positive driver reactions, as well as the ability to integrate the TruckPC position data with McLeod’s LoadMaster software, were two important factors in the implementation, Rand McNally says.
Located in Salt Lake City, Pride Transport is a family-owned and -operated refrigerated carrier operating in and out of the Midwest, Rocky Mountains, Southwest and West Coast areas. Pride Transport has used Rand McNally’s commercial transportation products for more than 20 years, starting with MileMaker software.
“We were pleasantly surprised by our drivers’ reaction to the new navigation software,” says Dan DeGrazio, manager of information technology for Pride Transport.“Usually change is difficult, but in this case everyone had something positive to say. Many of our drivers were familiar with Rand McNally navigation and the intuitive software interface through their IntelliRoute TND GPS products. The ability to pull data back from the TruckPC into McLeod’s LoadMaster software, and safety features in the navigation software such as providing posted speed limits and 3-D junction views for upcoming turns, were two important considerations for us.”
The TruckPC in-vehicle mobile communications devices provide McLeod’s Enterprise Software with the position of the vehicle, messaging capabilities between the cab and dispatch, and detailed hours-of-service information for each driver. Using the hours-of-service information, LoadMaster can help dispatchers optimize operations by matching loads with drivers who have available time. The integration between TruckPC and McLeod’s system also includes the ability to scan documents from the cab and relay to Loadmaster’s image management system, as well as transferring mileage driven to speed up the billing cycle and improve cash flow.
Rand McNally says the TruckPC is a fully compliant electronic onboard recorder that provides integrated navigation from, driver behavior monitoring and workflow. “Pride Transport has been an outstanding long-term business partner, having utilized Rand McNally’s MileMaker commercial transportation software for decades, and we are pleased that the TruckPC product with Rand McNally’s navigation has enabled Pride Transport to achieve their business objectives,” says Jim Rodi, senior vice president of mobile communications for Rand McNally.