Mac-Gray Corporation uses GPS service to reduce vehicular CO2 emissions, cut expenses and enhance payroll management
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 14, 2009--
Sprint (NYSE:S) and Mac-Gray Corporation (NYSE:TUC) today announced
completion of the implementation to equip 600+ Mac-Gray vehicles with
devices that combine the Sprint data network mobility solution with the
additional productivity-enhancements of real-time tracking and time
reporting provided by Sprint partner Actsoft.
Using Motorola i365s handsets and Actsoft Comet Tracker, Mac-Gray gains
the ability to track and manage vehicles and mobile worker time
reporting as it serves over 85,000 customer locations. The capability
has been implemented at all 28 of Mac-Gray’s branches nationwide.
Mac-Gray serves the laundry needs of academic institutions, multi-family
housing properties, laundromats, on-premises laundries, military and
government facilities and hotels and motels.
In addition to the 600 new handsets that use Actsoft Comet Tracker,
Mac-Gray has renewed an existing agreement with Sprint for another 780
handsets already operating on Sprint’s Nextel National Network.
“After a trial in one of our key branches, we decided this GPS and time
management solution could help us achieve greater productivity in all
our branches,” said Mike Lento, vice president of corporate
operations, Mac-Gray. “The ability to track our vehicles in real time
and monitor their location 24/7 saves time, reduces fuel consumption and
eliminates unauthorized vehicle use. Mac-Gray also uses the tracking
capability to monitor use of its vehicles after drivers take them home,
which further reduces maintenance and fuel consumption. The ability of
our drivers to clock in and out remotely reduces paperwork and improves
time reporting accuracy.”
John Dupree, vice president – Enterprise & Federal, Sprint said,
“Mac-Gray has shown how an enterprise can build on the value of instant
communications with an effective and productivity-enhancing GPS
Sprint is pleased to team with Actsoft to help Mac-Gray arrive at an
Sprint serves Mac-Gray through its newly formed Business Markets Group
(BMG). Composed of more than 4,000 sales, support, marketing and
operations personnel, Sprint’s BMG is dedicated solely to enterprise,
general business and public sector customers. BMG offers a unique
combination of 3G and 4G technologies and applications, including
integrated wireless-wireline services. The Sprint BMG unit delivers
wireless, wireline and converged solutions for companies, drawing on the
nation’s most dependable 3G mobile broadband network,*,the fastest
national push-to-talk network (based on call setup), and a comprehensive
solutions portfolio of devices and applications.
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 more than 49 million customers at the end
of the first quarter of 2009; industry-leading mobile data services;
instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a
global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
About Mac-Gray Corporation
Founded in 1927, Mac-Gray derives its revenue principally through the
contracting of debit-card- and coin-operated laundry facilities in
multi-unit housing facilities such as apartment buildings, college and
university residence halls, condominiums and public housing complexes.
Mac-Gray manages approximately 80,000 laundry rooms located in 43 states
and the District of Columbia.
Mac-Gray also sells, services and leases commercial laundry equipment to
commercial laundromats and institutions through its product sales
division. This division also includes Mac-Gray’s MicroFridge(R)
business, where Mac-Gray sells its proprietary MicroFridge(R) line of
products, which are combination refrigerators/freezers/microwave ovens
utilizing innovative Safe Plug circuitry. MicroFridge(R) and Maytag
products bear the ENERGY STAR(R) designation. To learn more about
Mac-Gray, visit the Company’s website at www.macgray.com.
LaundryView(R), MicroFridge(R) and Intelligent Laundry(R) Systems are
registered trademarks of Mac-Gray Corporation. All other product names,
service marks and trademarks mentioned herein are trademarks of their
* “Dependable” based on independent, third-party drive tests for 3G data
connection success, session reliability and signal strength for the top
50 most populous markets from January 2008 to February 2009.
Mary Kunkel, 703-433-3060