Rand McNally, a provider of truck-specific GPS and mobile fleet management systems for commercial transportation, has integrated RealVNC’s remote access technology into its HD 100 devices. The integration of VNC enables drivers to view the display of the HD 100 through an application on their Wi-Fi enabled Rand McNally IntelliRoute TND GPS or mobile device.
The HD 100 will be commercially available later this year. It offers electronic Hours of Service (HOS) recording, engine diagnostics, GPS positioning and a host of other metrics, Rand McNally says. With VNC integrated in the system, drivers can access this data while on the road and interact with messaging functions to easily retrieve instructions via their wireless device.
The software on Rand McNally’s HD 100 devices is compliant with 49 CFR part 395.15 regulations and the upcoming Electronic On Board Recorder (EOBR) requirements mandated by MAP 21. The mandate, signed by President Obama in July 2012, specifies the use of EOBRs for Hours of Service logging in the next two years. It also states that it will be compulsory for all truck and fleet driver logs to be recorded via electronic devices, replacing manual logs currently in use.
VNC is a remote access system that enables the connection of one computer desktop from another, wherever they are located in the world. RealVNC offers a commercial license to embed VNC remote access technology in third-party products and offerings. OEM customers range from Intel to IBM, with applications for both software and hardware products.
“The HD 100 will help fleets and owner operators alike with meeting the upcoming EOBR implementation mandated by MAP 21, using their currently available technology,” said Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally. “We are happy to be working with RealVNC on this product and getting the HD 100 to market quickly.”