Mobile Tools - April 2005
Posted: 03.01.05 -

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Discrete Wireless’ MARCUS 6 GPS Fleet Management System is an end-to-end, Web-hosted Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) application providing fleet managers with routing, reporting and alerts. New features include point-to-point driving directions, dispatch and messaging, automated report delivery and vehicle maintenance. Discrete Wireless asked what its customers wanted in an AVL, and Marcus 6 is the answer. Price: Starts at $500 for hardware, $35/month for service.

Parts Puzzle

Infomill’s PartsArena, an application that helps service tech-nicians to quickly identify and order parts in the field, is now available for smartphones. All of the functionality of PartsArena—the ability to see diagrams on-screen with direct links to parts listings; immediate ordering with links to the service management software, etc.—is now available for Windows Mobile–powered smartphones. PartsArena has also made upgrades to its original product and is now available in 10 languages. Price: Varies.

Handheld Skies

Garmin’s iQue 3600a is a fully loaded Palm-powered navigation device with an eye on aviation. Features include a yoke-mounted cradle; built-in basemaps; aviation calculator applications; a patented GPS antenna; Jeppesen, terrain and U.S. obstacles databases; plus the usual automotive turn-by-turn routing and PIM functionality of a typical handheld. The iQue 3600a displays speed
and altitude data and records flight time, mileage and start/end point. Instead of a stylus, the 3600a has buttons that are active when the unit is placed in its cradle. Price: $1,099.

Itinerant’s SoulMate

MobiMate’s award-winning WorldMate now comes in a Professional Edition 2005 for Palm, PocketPC and desktop platforms (in addition to Symbian UIQ, BlackBerry, Series 60 and J2ME), offering even more travelers the benefits of enhanced itinerary and trip management capabilities. Palm and Pocket PC devices can now collaborate with the new Desktop version, receiving updates whenever itinerary changes are made. Additional features include the precise coordination of multiple trips for numerous passengers and the management of preferences (such as airline seat assignments) and frequent flier accounts. Price: $69.95 for a one-year subscription (Desktop Companion sold separately).


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