Industry leaders integrate product functionality to make it easier for fleets to comply with HOS regulations and improve driver and vehicle performance
MINNEAPOLIS, September 26, 2011—Xata Corporation (NASDAQ: XATA), a leader in fleet optimization and compliance software, and McLeod Software, a leading provider of transportation software solutions, today announced joint-development projects to help fleets comply with hours of service (HOS) regulations and to more effectively collect, integrate, sort, share and view driver and vehicle data to improve fleet operations. The projects were announced at the McLeod Software Users’ Conference, underway now through Sept. 27 in Chicago.
“Our hands-on partnership with McLeod demonstrates Xata’s ongoing commitment to remain at the forefront when it comes to helping fleets leverage technology to keep their operations compliant and efficient,” said Christian Schenk, vice president of product marketing, Xata. “Our partnership also demonstrates our commitment to working with other industry leaders to ensure fleets have the robust functionality they need.”
The two companies currently have two joint-development projects underway, each of which is focused on integrating Xata functionality into McLeod’s product offerings. The specific two projects are:
- Real-time hours of service (HOS). To meet customer demand for greater visibility into drivers’ available hours, the companies are integrating each XataNet’s and Xata Turnpike’s hours-of-service applications into McLeod’s LoadMaster dispatch software. This will give fleets a real-time view of exactly how many hours a driver has available, both for current and future drive cycles. Not only will this make it easier for fleets and drivers to comply with industry 70/60 regulations and the 34-hour reset rule, it will help dispatchers more effectively utilize driver availability and plan and route deliveries.
- Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR). To enable fleets to proactively manage inspections and better utilize maintenance data, XataNet’s DVIR functionality is being integrated into McLeod’s third-party vehicle maintenance modules provided by Cetaris and SquareRigger. This integration will include automatic notification of a vehicle’s mechanical problems so proactive maintenance can be scheduled before those issues become more expensive to fix. The integration will also increase line of sight to both in- and out-of-service tractors and trailers, enabling dispatchers to better utilize existing assets. Other functionality, including the automatic generation of purchase orders and detailed reporting whenever maintenance work is performed on the road, will also be included.
“Our partnership with Xata unites two industry-leading companies that share a common goal of providing fleets with real-time information and easy-to-use tools to improve operations,” said Tom McLeod, CEO of McLeod Software. “We’re excited to join forces with them and look forward to providing the private and for-hire fleets we both serve with more high value solutions.”
Xata Corporation (NASDAQ: XATA) provides intuitive, automated fleet management software solutions to the trucking industry. By delivering real-time critical information on vehicle and driver performance, Xata makes it easy for fleet managers, dispatchers and drivers to collect, sort, view and analyze data to help reduce costs, increase safety and compliance, and improve customer satisfaction.
Our award-winning solutions include 1) XataNet, a full-featured, enterprise-wide solution that helps private and for-hire fleets drive continuous improvement, and 2) Xata Turnpike, a technologically advanced, low-cost, easy-to-install solution that runs on drivers’ existing cell phones, smartphones and tablet computers. Both solutions help fleet managers and drivers meet established and emerging electronic onboard recorder (EOBR) regulations. We also offer a portfolio of professional services, including implementation, training and consulting, to help our customers deliver bottom-line results. For more information, visit www.xata.com or call 1.800.745.9282.
About McLeod Software
McLeod Software is a leading provider of transportation, brokerage and document management systems. Specifically developed for the trucking industry, McLeod’s advanced management solutions and services enable transportation companies to increase their efficiencies in all areas while reducing costs. McLeod Software’s integrated best-in-class software products include LoadMaster®, PowerBroker™, DocumentPower™ Enterprise, HirePower™ and the McLeod Freight Management Solutions product line. Founded in 1985 and headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, the company serves truckload and LTL carriers, freight brokers, 3PLs, and shippers throughout North America. For more information, contact McLeod Software toll free at 877-362-5363 or visit www.McLeodSoftware.com.