XRS Unveils New White Paper, Featuring Research From Gartner, During XUE
Research Validates Technology Convergence in Transportation,
Confirming XRS' Leadership as Trucking Goes Mobile
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- (Marketwired) -- 08/21/13 -- XRS Corporation,
(NASDAQ: XRSC) the leader in mobile trucking intelligence, today
during the annual XRS User Event (XUE) in Minneapolis released a new
white paper analyzing a convergence of technology trends in the
trucking industry that will have a far-reaching impact on safety,
efficiency and competition. Company Chairman and CEO Jay Coughlan
referenced the analysis, featuring research from Gartner (The Nexus
of Forces: Social, Mobile, Cloud and Information, Published: 2012, 14
June, Chris Howard, Daryl C. Plummer et al.), during the keynote
session, available as a white paper titled "Convergence: Mobility in
Trucking Is Now Anywhere, Anything, Anytime, Anyone."
Coughlan's XUE keynote and the white paper examined how pervasive
trends in mobile technology adoption and use can help decision-makers
address three major burdens impacting everyday trucking operations:
regulatory compliance, safety and efficiency, and driver
recruitment/retention. They also share how embracing the convergence
trend can ease these common challenges for trucking companies.
Beginning last year, XRS was among the first companies to recognize
how four prominent technology trends -- mobile connectivity, cloud
computing, social media and big data -- had the power to transform
and improve the trucking industry as technology-driven regulatory
changes for fleets and drivers began to take shape at the federal
level. The result was a completely refocused business, product and
market strategy designed to serve a growing appetite among customers
and drivers for mobile enterprise applications that deliver
significant competitive advantages.
"Trucking companies have long been pioneers in using technology to
improve business performance, and they have embraced the power and
simplicity of mobile communications with similar speed and
enthusiasm," Coughlan said. "We believe that harnessing the potential
of mobile connectivity -- through the 'Nexus of Forces' identified by
Gartner -- will have far-reaching implications for the trucking
industry, and XR
S is proud to lead the way by providing the right
tools for future success."
The white paper details how convergent technologies can benefit
drivers and fleet managers by:
-- Tapping into a broad range of mobile business applications, like weigh
station bypass, POD, routing and dispatch apps, strengthening their
competitive advantage and empowering their employees, no matter where
-- Enhancing their personal and professional lives via social media
engagement by gaining access to rich crowd-sourced information, tapping
conversations for business intelligence and staying in touch with loved
ones when far away from home.
-- Connecting and collaborating with employees, partners and customers on a
secure, expandable cloud platform, offering greater transparency across
the entire supply chain.
-- Capturing, analyzing and reporting on vast amounts of information,
helping drive operational efficiencies and metric-driven business
Odell Tuttle, chief technology officer for XRS, recently presented
how IT convergence impacts XRS and the trucking industry at the
annual Gartner Catalyst Conference, showcasing the adoption of
mobile, cloud and big data, sharing the podium with Gartner analyst
Drue Reeves, VP, Distinguished Analyst, and Obama for America CTO,
"Research over the past several years has identified the independent
evolution of four powerful forces: social, mobile, cloud and
information," noted analyst Chris Howard, Daryl C. Plummer et al. in
The Nexus of Forces: Social, Mobile, Cloud and Information,
Published: 2012, 14 June, the source of inspiration for the XRS
convergence white paper. "As a result of consumerization and the
ubiquity of connected smart devices, people's behavior has caused a
convergence of these forces."
The company's mobile trucking intelligence platform, also called XRS,
is an ideal example of how technology companies are bringing the
convergence strategy to life. XRS runs on certified smartphones,
tablets and rugged handhelds that transmit vehicle and operator data
through the cloud to a fleet management dashboard, allowing companies
to comply with the pending MAP-21 mandate for electronic recording of
a driver's 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.
"We are only beginning to realize the potential of convergence to
improve the bottom line for fleets and drivers alike," Coughlan said.
"Just as digital downloading transformed the entertainment industry
and wireless networks transformed the telecommunications industry,
mobile trucking intelligence has the power to improve the
transportation industry for years to come."
To download a full copy of the convergence report featuring Gartner
research, visit http://engage.xrscorp.com/gartner_xrs.
About XRS Corporation
XRS Corporation (NASDAQ: XRSC), the leader in mobile trucking
intelligence, delivers software solutions to the trucking industry to
help maintain regulatory compliance and reduce operating costs.
Data-driven intelligence for compliance and performance is the new
competitive edge for trucking operations, and XRS is leading the
trucking industry's migration to mobile devices by offering products
with 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.com or call 1-800-745-9282.
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