Armour Transportation undertakes huge mobile communications investment

by Canadian Shipper

Armour Transportation Systems is equipping over 400 of the trucks in its less-than-truckload fleet with Cancom’s LTLTracs, which provides real-time, two-way communications and vehicle reporting.

While many Canadian LTL fleets use Cancom’s well-known OmniTRACS mobile communications product for line-haul and point to point applications, this marks the first time that Cancom’s new LTLTracs technology has been so extensively deployed by an LTL carrier, notes Mike Ham, a senior vice president with Cancom.

Armour Transportation identified several key business requirements while investigating available technology on the market. Remote management of driver and vehicle performance for safety reasons and the ability to standardize and capture speed and idling data for fuel optimization were just two essentials. Armour was also looking for a system that would easily integrate with their existing computer system. Other Armour requirements included; enhancement of its on-line track and trace service (with real-time information) and to streamline communications throughout the entire fleet and terminal network.

Using LTLTracs Armour Transportation has access to two-way data communications, store-and-forward messaging, automatic vehicle tracking using integrated Global Positioning System (GPS), as well as data integration capabilities with routing and scheduling systems, and business-specific office applications.

Founded in the early 30s with just one truck hauling hay and gravel, Armour Transportation now operates over 2,300 pieces of equipment servicing clients from any number of industries across North America and into Mexico.

More than 400 Canadian carriers and 25,000 trucks are equipped with Cancom mobile communications products.

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