One for the Road: XRS Mobile Fleet Optimization Solution Now Widely Available
New, Robust Platform Delivers Real-Time Data and Driver Analytics on More Than
50 Different Mobile Devices
LAS VEGAS, March 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- XRS Corporation, (formerly Xata
Corporation) (Nasdaq:XRSC), debuted its new XRS product, the trucking
industry's first and only complete mobile platform for compliance and fleet
optimization. The company announced at the Truckload Carriers Association
Annual Conference today in Las Vegas that the XRS product is now available for
sale, with shipment during the second quarter of the calendar year.
Demonstrations of the new XRS product are available during the TCA conference
in the XRS booth #402. The XRS product had been available to a limited number
of customers beginning in January 2013.
"The future of trucking compliance, fleet efficiency and road science is
portability and convenience – the mobile phone or tablet that goes where the
driver goes," said Jay Coughlan, chairman and chief executive officer of XRS
Corporation. "We have a legacy of experience with our pioneering
first-generation mobile tool – Turnpike – and we are building on that heritage
with our new XRS mobile fleet optimization technology."
The new XRS mobile platform runs on more than 50 types of devices and
automatically transmits vehicle and operator data directly to a management
dashboard, preparing for compliance with the pending MAP-21 compliance mandate
for recording hours-of-service. Nearly 90 percent of drivers already use
mobile devices, meaning there are no additional hardware costs associated with
the XRS platform, and XRS Corporation has partnership agreements with the
leading brands in mobile communications in both the U.S. and Canada.
More than just EOBR software, the new XRS mobile communications solution
combines all the features and benefits of the leading fleet management
platforms in a single package. Additionally, XRS is working with
industry-leading fleet technology partners – including TMW Systems, McLeod
Software, BOLT, ProfitTools and RoadNet Technologies – to ensure seamless
compatibility and full functionality with the new XRS mobile platform.
"Our industry is only starting to talk about the impact of mobile applications
on fleets and drivers, but we are leading and shaping this trend that will
benefit fleets and drivers because we've already built a wireless
infrastructure to support XRS," said Christian Schenk, senior vice president
of product and market strategy for XRS Corporation. "The mobile revolution is
accelerating at breakneck speed, with federally-mandated EOBR rules making
electronic logs the law of the land. XRS offers fleet owners the lowest cost
of entry and most robust performance of any other software available today."
Features and Benefits
XRS is easy to install, with no bolt-in hardware or custom in-cab
installations necessary. The technology is as fast as the wireless network on
which it runs, with real-time operation and immediate data availability to
benefit busy drivers and fleet managers alike. Set-up time is minimal –
drivers are ready to use XRS after only a few minutes of training – and
return-on-investment is immediate because of reduced fuel consumption,
improved driver awareness and better vehicle utilization.
XRS customers will see immediate improvements in the speed of data delivery,
instantaneous safety and compliance alerts and real-time command of vehicle
and driver performance measures, such as speed, fuel economy, idle, braking,
clutch use, fault codes and many other variables. There's also no downtime for
hardware installation or driver training, since XRS is 100 percent mobile and
Additional XRS features and benefits include:
*An open platform, built to partner with existing applications on multiple
carriers while keeping up with the staggering pace of change in mobile
*A truly "plug and play" solution, without the complexity of fixed onboard
systems. Simply plug the proprietary XRS Relay device into the truck's
computer and download the XRS software to a mobile device.
*Easy, intuitive and seamless compliance for both drivers and fleet
managers. For example, a speech prompt tells drivers when hours-of-service
limits are being approached.
*Simplified fleet optimization tools, with seamless, automated reporting of
fleet performance indicators, including fuel consumption, hard braking,
shift patterns, idle engine wear, PTO usage, trip reporting and much more.
*Automated fuel-tax reporting, made even easier with a unique and efficient
"Print-Sign-Send" service that is excusive to XRS.
XRS also boasts a series of integrated dispatching functions, such as:
*Order planning, which uses GPS location information from XRS to locate
drivers and vehicles nearest an order. Dispatchers will then use XRS
hours-of-service data to assign the load to the driver with hours
available, in order to stay in compliance.
*Electronic dispatching, to dispatch a driver once a vehicle is assigned to
a load. XRS accomplishes this electronically by communicating
bill-of-lading number, trailer, cargo information, delivery and pickup
locations and any other information the driver needs to complete the load
accurately and on time.
*Order status updating, to communicate critical information in real time.
This enables shippers to provide their customers with instantaneous
updates about load status and delivery timing. These updates can be sent
either manually (with a driver form) or automatically through the XRS
One of the greatest benefits of XRS is its flexibility for fleet owners and
drivers, many who already use mobile technology for work productivity
purposes. "We're excited to deploy XRS as we believe that the features and
functionality of the system will provide a better customer service experience
for our clients," said Lou Giardelli, chief information officer at New Century
Transportation. "In addition, our drivers will also enjoy the advanced
in-cabin user interface and increased functionality that XRS provides."
Existing Turnpike customers will begin the transition to the new XRS mobile
solution on a scheduled basis, facilitated by XRS customer care
representatives and aided by its customers' familiarity with mobile
Monthly pricing for the XRS mobile fleet optimization platform is $39 per
subscription. To sign up or learn more about the XRS platform, please visit
About XRS Corporation
XRS Corporation (formerly Xata Corporation) delivers fleet management and
compliance software solutions to the trucking industry to help maintain
regulatory compliance and reduce operating costs. XRS is leading the trucking
industry's migration to mobile devices for collecting and analyzing compliance
and management data. Its existing mobility-based products have no upfront
hardware costs and run on smartphones, tablets and rugged handhelds. XRS has
sales and distribution partnerships with the major wireless carriers
supporting the U.S. and Canadian trucking industries. Through our mobile
products, fleet managers, dispatchers and drivers collect, sort, view and
analyze data to help lower costs, increase safety, attain compliance with
governmental regulations, and improve customer satisfaction – all through
their mobile devices. For more information, visit www.xrscorp.comor call
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