WARRENVILLE, Ill. — The ability to monitor commercial trucks in real-time through GPS technology is a rapidly growing need in the marketplace. International Truck and Engine Corporation’s efforts with this innovation have led to Frost & Sullivan to award International the 2006 Industry Innovation and Advancement of the Year Award in the medium-heavy truck original equipment market.
The award recognizes International’s development of the International AWARE Vehicle Intelligence solution. The system incorporates GPS technology to track the exact position of vehicles and uses in-vehicle monitors to relay key operating data such as vehicle functions and conditions back to fleet managers, owners and service teams through secure wireless networks.
“International Truck and Engine is pleased to accept this award from the industry experts at Frost & Sullivan,” said Dan Lindberg, vice-president and general manager of AWARE Vehicle Intelligence at International. “Our extensive research, engineering and coordination with our customers have led to the development of a solution that will help businesses in various vocations streamline its vehicle operations.”
A “geo-fence” feature alerts fleet managers with an automatic email or text message if a vehicle enters or leaves a pre-designated region. In emergency situations on the vehicle, drivers can immediately communicate with the fleet operations control centre by pressing a “driver alert switch” an onboard alarm button to alert fleet operations to a potential issue with the vehicle or concern with security a driver may be experiencing.
The system can also be utilized to monitor vehicle parameters like fuel usage, battery voltage, engine hours and even accessory equipment to provide reports for maintenance teams to improve fleet efficiency and uptime, says the company.
The award will be presented at a ceremony during the 2006 Excellence in Automotive & Transportation Awards Banquet in La Jolla, Calif., on Feb. 8.
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