|By Business Wire||
|December 6, 2012 12:00 PM EST||
Sprint (NYSE:S) and Geotab Inc. announced today that Geotab plug-and-play fleet management solutions are now part of Sprint’s connected transportation portfolio. Geotab is a leading provider of technology and software designed to increase fleet productivity, cost effectiveness and safety.
Now tested for compatibility on the Sprint network, the Geotab GO6 device is an easy-to-install, transportable device for cars and light to medium-duty trucks and vans. Geotab GO6 plugs into the vehicle’s OBDII (On-Board Diagnostic) port and relays information back to a web-based interface for fleet managers. As a result, managers can track and monitor vehicle locations, identify driving behaviors, optimize driver dispatch and routing, and improve the overall health of their fleets with maintenance reminders and alerts.
The Geotab device can help reduce costs and keep drivers safe and secure while increasing efficiencies and productivity. Geotab solution features include:
- real-time GPS vehicle tracking
- trips and activity reporting
- driver ID
- messaging and dispatching tools
- safety reports
- driver performance rating and in-vehicle coaching
- fuel consumption tracking
- idling, speeding and mileage tracking
- seatbelt reminders
- instant accident notification
- engine issue detection
Fleet operators can use the Geotab web-based software, MyGeotab, to generate reports that help coach better driving habits. They can also observe driving activity in real time and send audio alerts to change inefficient driving style immediately. Additionally, Geotab GO6 enables continuous monitoring of engine performance and better coordination of fleet maintenance, helping to keep more vehicles in service at any given time.
“Companies can transform the way they manage fleet resources and realize significant gains to the bottom line with real-time fleet management and other mobile resource management solutions,” said Neil Cawse, CEO of Geotab. “We are proud to join with Sprint in bringing powerful advantages to fleet managers, including the ability to lower fuel costs, prevent vehicle wear and tear, prioritize vehicle maintenance, and qualify for insurance discounts.”
Geotab is a member of Sprint’s extensive machine-to-machine (M2M) partner ecosystem, which enables a wide range of connected transportation solutions. Plug-and-play devices can be installed in seconds, with no installation cost to the customer, and support a wide range of productivity-enhancing tracking, monitoring, navigation and safety features, such as those provided by Geotab.
“We are pleased to add Geotab to our Sprint fleet solutions portfolio,” said Wayne Ward, vice president-Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint. “Plug-and-play fleet management solutions are a key part of that portfolio, giving our business customers with fleets a powerful yet easy-to-use tool for driving impactful savings and efficiencies. In addition, Geotab solutions help support Sprint’s commitment to safe and secure driving.”
Sprint’s open approach to M2M is built on flexible network architecture, combined with collaborative relationships among customers, vendors and Sprint’s dedicated team of experienced solutions engineers. Sprint brings all these elements together with a focus on understanding each fleet operator’s business, then acting as an integrator to bring all the pieces together with the most efficient end-to-end solutions package for the specific need.
Sprint’s secure network supports connected transportation solutions by enabling accurate and reliable connectivity for an expansive range of telematics applications. To ensure that the growing demand for telematics and other advanced solutions will be met, Sprint has embarked on Network Vision, a multiyear network initiative designed to enhance customers ‘experience with faster data speeds, improved voice quality and easier connectivity.
For a quick tour of Geotab’s plug and play solution, please view attached Transforming Fleet Management video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dNojKfoHQ_Q
About the Sprint Emerging Solutions Group
Sprint’s M2M leadership has earned prestigious third-party validation, including the top-ranked “North American M2M Provider” and “No. 2 Overall Ranked Carrier,” among 12 global service providers, by Analysys Mason and a 2011 Frost & Sullivan “Customer Value Enhancement Award in North America for Machine to Machine Communications.” To learn more about Sprint’s M2M offerings, visit www.sprint.com/m2m.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served nearly 56 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in both its 2011 and 2012 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
Geotab Inc., an industry leader for more than a decade in developing end-to-end telematics solutions, provides GPS fleet management systems of choice for leading local and Fortune 500 companies. Geotab is now the largest telematics supplier to enterprise fleets, based on units sold in 2011. Our proven growth technology has helped customers effectively reduce costs, improve driver safety, and enhance efficiency within an easy-to-use, web-based platform. For more information, please visit www.geotab.com or www.facebook.com/MyGeotab and twitter.com/Geotab.
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