May 20, 2008

Many are Turning to Nextel Direct Connect, Sprint Mobile Broadband and GPS Solutions that Offer Increased Efficiency and Improved Worker Productivity

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 20, 2008--With increasing fuel costs, it has become imperative for transportation companies to find solutions that are cost-effective to help them maintain their competitive edge in the market place. With more than a decade of experience in providing enhanced communication solutions to the transportation industry, Sprint understands this challenge and offers a suite of mobile solutions that help transportation companies improve the productivity of their mobile workers with GPS-based applications, instant voice communications and secure remote access to corporate data and customer information, wherever their jobs take them.

"Sprint (NYSE:S) continues to be leader in providing innovative wireless solutions to the transportation and distribution industry," says John Higgins, director of transportation and distribution at Sprint. "We work hand-in-hand with leading industry partners to offer solutions that result in increased efficiency, improved worker productivity, cost reductions and higher customer satisfaction."

With mobility solutions including Nextel Direct Connect, the power of Sprint Mobile Broadband cards, GPS solutions, such as ActSoft CometTracker, Telenav Track, Xora GPS TimeTrack, Sprint customers have the ability to -

  • Dispatch workers and jobs more efficiently
  • Increase on-time delivery and improve customer satisfaction
  • Maintain hours of service (HOS) compliance
  • Minimize delays and costs with accurate tracking of goods, drivers and trailers.

For example the RouteTracker solution powered by Turnpike Global and available from Sprint, offers transportation companies the ability to track odometer readings from their trucks, fuel efficiency, GPS coordinates and other fleet data right from select Nextel Bluetooth(R)-enabled phones used by truck drivers. This information is then passed through a data network to the end user, who can pull reports via the Internet at the terminal or anywhere there is access to an Internet connection.

"In keeping up with our promise to offer innovative solutions to our customers, Sprint is working on a strategic initiative with Ford to offer the first broadband-capable in-dash computer that will provide full high-speed Internet access via the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network," said Higgins.

In addition, bar-code scanning solutions from Sprint, such as AirClic MP(TM), allow customers to wirelessly track inventory and packages, instantly initiate activity after capturing information, update inventories on the go to efficiently manage supply chain and continuously update the status and location of assets in the field. Sprint also offers wireless payment solutions on its handsets that allow customers to instantly collect and track credit-card payments for purchases at point of sale in a secure manner, improve cash flow with fast, paperless billing and reduce fraud and charge-backs with real-time authorization.

Transportation companies find significant advantages to using Nextel Direct Connect(R), the world’s fastest national push-to-talk network. Its instant one-to-one connectivity and other services including the unique one-to-many capability of Group Connect(R), help customers to make business decisions quickly, boost productivity and save time and money. More advanced services on Nextel phones allow customers to send a voice message to any email address using Nextmail(R), and share contact information and send pictures with the Direct Send(SM) feature.

Republic Services Inc., a leading provider of solid waste collection, transfer, recycling and disposal services has been using and benefiting from Nextel Direct Connect over the past few years.

Bill Halnon, chief information officer for Republic Services, states, "The immediacy of Nextel Direct Connect technology is an ideal solution that allows instant conversations with our waste services fleet drivers, and we’ve been replacing LMR radio systems and other mobile devices with Nextel devices. Direct Connect enables our dispatch team to communicate immediately with the drivers to discuss dispatching, routing/re-routing and maintenance, thus leading to productivity gains."

Halnon adds, "We also find great value in using the Nextmail capability which allows drivers to quickly record a voice message with just the push of a button regarding status of a pickup or to report a problem while on their route, which is then emailed to dispatch so they may react accordingly. We’re working with Sprint to explore additional push-to-x services to further enhance communications between dispatch and drivers."

Sprint also offers a wide range of GPS tracking solutions, from simple turn-by-turn directions to robust, integrated fleet management and engine diagnostic tools that provide the ability to monitor idle times, hard brake events, and offer a low-cost solution for overall operational efficiency and automated regulatory filing. To learn more about Sprint solutions available for the transportation and distribution industry, visit

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving nearly 53 million customers at the end of the first quarter 2008; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit

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SOURCE: Sprint Nextel