Two "next generation" versions of Shaw Tracking’s mobile computing platform have been introduced to Canada. The Qualcomm platforms MCP110 and MCP200 are said to provide a "highly functional in-cab office," and have already been proven in U.S. fleet use, the company says.

Featuring open-source XP technology, up to 16 GB flash memory, and higher processing speeds with 1.3 GB RAM, they offer drivers new functionality. Features include an enhanced driver display, wi-fi, a PDF viewer and print capability along with access to on-board driver tutorials and text-to-speech capabilities supporting English and French. Automated driver logs and mapping are also included.

Both new products allow fleets to send special instructions to drivers arriving at customer sites, while the MCP200 on-board training provides a real-time help system, assisting drivers to easily navigate applications. 

This new MCP110 driver interface has a higher resolution colour display resulting in improved clarity and on-board imagery, says Shaw, which enhances driver satisfaction. It supports all current MCP100 series applications and operates using terrestrial and wi-fi communication.  With wi-fi enabled, drivers can access static internet content as well as web-based e-mail programs. It also allows customers to scan documents and send large files for free.

Building on the MCP110, the MCP200 incorporates wi-fi, cellular, and satellite communication options. Shaw says it’s designed to increase company revenues and customer service by enhancing in-cab productivity and improving driver training while providing interactive audio and video media to aid in managing a remote work-force. Fleets can send and manage on-board interactive training videos to vehicles, receiving acknowledgement that drivers have opened and finished the training.

With multiple data ports to connect peripherals like document scanners and printers, the company says the new MCP platforms can also simplify administrative tasks. A dashboard displaying driving hours and performance helps drivers and driver supervisors plan their daily, weekly and monthly working time, and assess driving patterns.

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