Omnitracs celebrates 25 years, 200k trucks using HOS software

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Omnitracs, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated and provider of integrated wireless systems, applications and services to transportation and logistics companies, announced its 25th anniversary. As announced on Aug. 23, 2013, a definitive agreement was entered into to sell Omnitracs to Vista Equity Partners, a U.S.-based private equity firm. Closing of the acquisition is expected during the first quarter of fiscal 2014, subject to the terms and conditions of the definitive agreement.

Established in 1988 by Qualcomm, the company is recognized as the pioneer in introducing wireless telematics technology to the commercial fleet industry. Upon signing Schneider National as its first customer later that year, Omnitracs established the building blocks of the commercial vehicle telematics industry. Southern Pride Trucking also signed up.

“When Schneider National joined forces with Omnitracs more than 20 years ago, we knew we were on the cusp of a powerful idea, and that Omnitracs’ powerful technology would one day revolutionize the industry,” said Chris Lofgren, president and CEO, Schneider National, Inc. “We’re proud to continue to work alongside Omnitracs, and congratulate the company on achieving 25 years of industry success.”

“Omnitracs and Southern Pride Trucking, Inc. shared the same vision 25 years ago―to use technology to bring each company to the forefront of the transportation industry,” said David Hodgman, founder and CEO of Southern Pride Trucking, Inc. “The mutual, sustained success of both companies is a testament to this partnership.”

Omnitracs also announced a new adoption milestone for its Hours of Service (HOS) application. More than 200,000 units across hundreds of fleets now use this application to enable more accurate, real-time driver log reporting for improved compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations.

Wynne Transport Service, Inc., one of the largest bulk liquid and compressed gas transportation fleets in North America, recently adopted Omnitracs HOS application across its fleet of more than 200 trucks. Looking to continue compliance management and promote safe driver practices, Wynne Transport Service selected Omnitracs’ HOS because it is an easy to adopt web-based application, which can be rapidly updated over-the-air should rule changes occur.

Additionally, the intuitive user interface minimized the amount of driver training required for them to transition to the Omnitracs HOS application.

“With the implementation of Omnitracs’ Hours of Service, we saw a dramatic improvement in our CSA score. In addition to our drivers feeling more at ease with hours of service compliance, dispatchers and drivers can now plan their loads better,” said Alan Roberts, director of safety, of Wynne Transport Service. “Our drivers have found the application helps eliminate form and manner errors, reduces their fatigue, increases productivity, and overall helps make their lives easier while on the road.”