International® AWARE™ Vehicle Intelligence Awarded Top Honor From Frost & Sullivan Warrenville, Illinois - February 02, 2006
The ability to monitor school buses and commercial trucks in real-time through GPS technology is a rapidly growing need in the marketplace. International Truck and Engine Corporation is the first truck and bus manufacturer to offer a comprehensive telematics solution for buses, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The company’s efforts with this innovation have led to Frost & Sullivan to award International the 2006 Industry Innovation and Advancement of the Year Award in the medium-heavy truck original equipment market.
The award recognizes International’s development of the International® AWARE™ Vehicle Intelligence solution, a significant step forward in the introduction of advanced electronic communication systems in the North American commercial truck and school bus market. The system incorporates GPS technology to track the exact position of vehicles and uses in-vehicle monitors to relay key operating data such as vehicle functions and conditions back to fleet managers, owners and service teams through secure wireless networks.
“International Truck and Engine is pleased to accept this award from the industry experts at Frost & Sullivan,” said Dan Lindberg, vice president and general manager of AWARE Vehicle Intelligence at International. “Our extensive research, engineering and coordination with our customers have led to the development of a solution that will help businesses in various vocations streamline its vehicle operations.”
The GPS-based vehicle positioning system helps fleet managers locate vehicles anywhere within the continental U.S., allowing the remote monitoring of route and stops the vehicle makes. This assists with planning logistics for a more fuel-efficient route.
A “geo-fence” feature alerts fleet managers with an automatic email or text message if a vehicle enters or leaves a pre-designated region. This is especially useful for homeland security implications with sensitive truck cargo such as propane trucks or in the event that a school bus is ever hijacked. In emergency situations on the vehicle, drivers can immediately communicate with the fleet operations control center by pressing a “driver alert switch” – an onboard alarm button to alert fleet operations to a potential issue with the vehicle or concern with security a driver may be experiencing.
The third major advantage to customers with the International® AWARE™ Vehicle Intelligence solution is the streamlining of maintenance. The system monitors key vehicle parameters like fuel usage, battery voltage, engine hours and even accessory equipment to provide comprehensive, easily organized reports for maintenance teams to improve fleet efficiency and uptime. Fault code monitoring also helps fleet managers react to issues as they happen.
“This innovative product signifies the end-user-focused product planning of International and showcases the company’s focus on offering maximum value for money to its customers,” said Sandeep Kar, analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “The company does so by offering commercial vehicle systems that can result in significant improvements in the productivity and performance of vehicles, the key considerations for any commercial vehicle buyer.”
The award will be given at a ceremony during the 2006 Excellence in Automotive & Transportation Awards Banquet in La Jolla, Calif., on Feb. 8, 2006.
About the Frost & Sullivan Award
Frost & Sullivan’s Industry Innovation & Advancement of the Year Award is bestowed each year upon a company that has proven to be a leader in the automotive and transportation industries. The company, through its pioneering technology, sound business strategy, value addition to its product line, and development and introduction of unique and innovative applications, has been successful in moving the industry forward. The company’s core competencies have extended to related adjacent markets enabling it to deliver greater value to its customers and raising the bar for competitors. This award recognizes the company for its commitment to introducing new technologies to the market and driving the industry forward.
About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, has been partnering with clients to support the development of innovative strategies for more than 40 years. The company's industry expertise integrates growth consulting, growth partnership services, and corporate management training to identify and develop opportunities. Frost & Sullivan serves an extensive clientele that includes Global 1000 companies, emerging companies, and the investment community by providing comprehensive industry coverage that reflects a unique global perspective and combines ongoing analysis of markets, technologies, econometrics, and demographics. For more information, visit http://www.frost.com.
About International Truck and Engine
International Truck and Engine Corporation is the operating company of Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV). The company produces International® brand commercial trucks, mid-range diesel engines and IC brand school buses, Workhorse brand chassis for motor homes and step vans, and is a private label designer and manufacturer of diesel engines for the pickup truck, van and SUV markets. A wholly owned subsidiary offers financing services. Additional information is available at http://www.internationaldelivers.com.