COMPETITION WATCH: XTL outfits fleet with Shaw Trackings OmniVision platform

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — XTL Transport has opted to implement Shaw Trackings OmniVision mobile computing platform to track its growing truck fleet.

The OmniVision system offers text-to-speech capabilities so drivers can communicate without having to pull over to read a text message. The system also features an integrated, colour touch-screen and a remote control device allowing drivers to quickly access important information such as messages read by the text-to-speech feature, Shaw Tracking announced.

At XTL we were expanding our fleet and therefore required new satellite units; as we always try to look long term we decided to purchase the OmniVision units both for the capabilities offered today as well as future functionality enhancements, said Doug Kimmerly, vice-president with XTL Transport. We are very adamant here at XTL on standardizing hardware as much as possible so mixing the new units in with the older ones and having two different types of units was one of our chief concerns.

Kimmerly said XTL chose the Shaw solution because of the simplicity of implementation.

The beauty of the OmniVision system is that even though we have a mixed fleet, there is no impact at all on our drivers or dispatchers. We were able to install the units and have the drivers using them immediately with no interruptions. Now that they are in our fleet we are looking at how we can change things to take advantage of the new features that OmniVision offers, we are looking at changing some of the things we do to make it easier and more efficient using the new features, added Kimmerly.

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