March 8, 2006

Garmin launches GPS Buddy Program for fleet Tracking

Garmin is pleased to announce a close partnership with GPS-Buddy, a technology company that provides logistical tracking and management solutions for businesses with fleet vehicles. This relationship lets corporations who use Garmin GPS units in their automotive fleets to track those vehicles in real time and communicate with mobile workers via the Garmin GPS unit.

“Thanks to the real-time information transmitted through the GPS-Buddy unit, fleet managers can know where their fleet is and communicate with the drivers 24-hour-a-day, 7-days-a-week,” said Gary Kelley, vice president of marketing for Garmin International. “This information is especially helpful when unexpected delays occur and schedule changes must be made.”

GPS-Buddy gives companies the tools they need to stay a step ahead of their fleet. Every 60-seconds, a secured GPS-Buddy server receives information about the vehicle’s location, speed, and status – such as engine data, loading door, and thermostat. The information is then available on the internet to GPS-Buddy customers. The data may be viewed at anytime on any device with internet access such as personal computers, Smartphones, or PDAs.

“When GPS-Buddy and Garmin get together, the excitement begins” said Philip Nathan, managing director of GPS-Buddy. “The combination with Garmin’s superior GPS-units and our proven fleet management technology is poised to further revolutionize the vehicle and mobile workforce market.”

GPS-Buddy also makes it possible to use the Garmin GPS unit as a way to communicate between the office and vehicle. Through a process similar to text-messaging, a mobile worker may use the unit’s touch screen keyboard to send a message or record notes about their location. Similarly, the office can communicate with the driver by sending them a message that will appear on the unit’s screen. If the office needs to send the driver to a new location, the driver will receive turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions to the new destination on the Garmin GPS unit.

Garmin GPS navigators are designed to make GPS navigation easy for everyone. Selecting a destination is straightforward and requires a limited amount of input from the user. Once a destination is selected, the unit will provide automatic route calculation to any destination with turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions along the way. If a motorist strays off course, a new route will automatically be calculated. Garmin has also made it possible for customers to augment the preloaded maps with custom points of interest such as school zones and safety cameras.

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Posted by Scott Martin at March 8, 2006 5:00 PM

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