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Pride Transport integrates Rand McNally navigation

Rand McNally’s navigation software has been integrated into Pride Transport’s more than 300 installed TruckPC mobile communications units. Positive driver reactions, as well as the ability to integrate the TruckPC position data with McLeod’s LoadMaster software, were two important factors in the implementation.

Based in Salt Lake City UT, Pride Transport is a family-owned-and-operated refrigerated carrier operating in and out of the Midwest, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, and West Coast areas. The company has used Rand McNally’s commercial transportation products for more than 20 years, starting with MileMaker software.

“We were pleasantly surprised by our drivers’ reaction to the new navigation software,” said Dan DeGrazio, manager of information technology, Pride Transport. “Usually change is difficult, but in this case everyone had something positive to say. Many of our drivers were familiar with Rand McNally navigation and the intuitive software interface through their IntelliRoute TND GPS products. The ability to pull data back from the TruckPC into McLeod’s LoadMaster software, and safety features in the navigation software such as providing posted speed limits and 3-D junction views for upcoming turns, were two important considerations for us.”

The TruckPC in-vehicle mobile communications devices provide McLeod’s Enterprise Software with the position of the vehicle, messaging capabilities between cab and dispatch, and detailed hours of service (HOS) information for each driver. Using the HOS information, LoadMaster can help dispatchers optimize operations by matching loads with drivers who have available time. The integration between TruckPC and McLeod’s system also includes the ability to scan documents from the cab and relay to Loadmaster’s image management system, as well as transferring mileage driven to speed up the billing cycle and improve cash flow.

The TruckPC is a fully compliant electronic on-board recorder (EOBR) device that provides integrated navigation from Rand McNally, driver behavior monitoring, and workflow.

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