VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 2, 2009) - WebTech Wireless Inc. (TSX:WEW), a leading provider of location-based and telematics services, announced today at the Telematics Detroit automotive industry conference, that it is teaming with Garmin(R) International Inc. - the recognized global leader in GPS navigation technology and products for business and consumers. As an authorized end-to-end OEM provider, WebTech's proven, in-vehicle Locator(TM) devices and Quadrant(TM) fleet management software, can be used with the extensive range of market-leading Garmin nuvi(R) Personal Navigation Devices (PNDs), providing end-to-end solutions for a wide variety of fleet management applications.
The WebTech/Garmin solution seamlessly integrates WT7000 Locators with nuvi PNDs, providing an in-vehicle and portable navigation device which drivers can now also use to communicate with operations to receive and send important messages and instructions. Some of the key features of this combined solution are:
- 2-way messaging with pop-up alerts, delivery status and quick 'canned' messages
- Estimated time of arrival
- Single and multiple destination dispatching for automated routing and monitoring of a vehicle's progress based on user-defined priorities such as distance, time or fuel consumption
- 2D and 3D colour mapping with turn-by-turn visual and voice instructions
- Traffic alerts, detour suggestions, and speed camera alerts (where available)
- Landmarks and points of interest
- Routing considers vehicle attributes, employing ecoRoute(TM) to reduce fuel use
- Instant "Where am I?" function
- Multiple language support
These features provide significant benefits for drivers and operators of vehicle fleets, as studies have shown that in-vehicle navigation with PNDs leads to considerably more efficient and safer operations. Adding the WebTech Wireless two-way communications and fleet management component completes the picture, as fleet managers now have greater visibility into the activities of drivers in the field and can rely on efficient two-way communications to help monitor and manage all aspects of their operation.
"By teaming with Garmin, we can provide an end-to-end solution for commercial fleets that benefits everyone. Garmin PNDs are the best GPS navigation tools on the market and give drivers a degree of autonomy and security they've never enjoyed before, and WebTech provides fleet managers with a single, integrated management and communications tool they've never had before," said Edward Kulperger, Sr. Director, Personal Automotive & OEM at WebTech Wireless. He added, "Garmin has also recognized the incredible potential of this technology to help reduce the environmental impacts of fleet operations, and this ties in well with WebTech's own commitment to environmental technology and our Telematics for the Planet(TM) initiatives.
Neil Chan, Senior V.P. Worldwide Sales & Marketing at WebTech Wireless said, "It's a real honour to be associated with a company as respected as Garmin International. Their industry-leading worldwide presence will no doubt contribute to WebTech's own leadership in the market verticals in which we operate. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship based on our respective, solid technology platforms."
"WebTech Wireless is a worldwide leader in the field of mobile resource management and we are confident that by working together we will be able to provide their customers with a product that is ideally suited for commercial applications," said Roger Jollis, Garmin's Director of OEM and Mobile Marketing. "The nuvi product line has robust, industry-leading features like ecoRoute and traffic alerts, which will help WebTech Wireless customers enhance their productivity and cut costs."
This latest association underscores WebTech Wireless' commitment to providing custom made solutions for a variety of industries that depend on efficient and effective mobile resource management.
About WebTech Wireless Inc.
WebTech Wireless Inc. (TSX:WEW) is a global Telematics, location-based services provider that develops, manufactures, and delivers turnkey wireless solutions designed to improve productivity and profitability. WebTech Wireless products include wireless hardware and software services running on cellular and satellite networks, and include Automatic Vehicle Location, Mapping, Reporting, Vehicle Diagnostics, Driver Status, In-vehicle Telemetry, Messaging, In-vehicle Navigation, and wireless application and Internet connectivity. WebTech Wireless is currently providing devices and services worldwide in eight languages to over forty-one countries covering five continents. WebTech Wireless' scalable solutions are used by a broad range of small, medium and Fortune 500 companies and by governments. For more information, please visit www.webtechwireless.com.
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