Customers at special venues can "test drive" an F-150 truck's in-dash computer, featuring Ford Work Solutions productivity tools and fast Internet connectivity via the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 22, 2009--
Field personnel are getting a chance to see for themselves that a truck
can be both a brawny work vehicle and a brainy Internet-connected mobile
office that helps them operate faster and more efficiently virtually
wherever the job happens to be.
As part of its involvement
with Ford Motor Company's Ford Work Solutions product offering announced
earlier this year, Sprint (NYSE:S) is taking a Ford F-150 truck on the
road, equipped with a full suite of Ford Work Solutions (FWS)
applications. Sprint is inviting field workers, construction
professionals and others at conventions, trade shows and other events
nationwide to personally experience the F-150’s Internet-connected FWS
Emblazoned with the Sprint brand and connected to the speedy Sprint
Mobile Broadband Network, the vehicle provides a first-hand
demonstration of Ford Work Solutions. Event attendees can climb into the
cab and see for themselves how America’s most dependable 3G network* and
the F-150’s in-dash computer combine to bring fast Internet connections
and a host of data applications right to the job site or customer
location. This one-two computer and network punch allows organizations
to perform a variety of mission-critical tasks remotely. Some examples
Field service and construction industries can confirm “change orders”
to modify a “work order” or “job estimate,” avoiding lengthy delays
and keeping the job on schedule. Additionally, with the available
Bluetooth® printer, the customer can review and authorize the “change
order” on the spot with a written confirmation.
Engineers and project managers can review and edit graphically rich
blueprints and schematics while inside the truck.
Sub-contractors, suppliers and customers can collaborate in real time
to review project planning documents and website portals.
Utilities and oil and gas crews in the field gain real time, high
bandwidth access to work orders, safety and compliance data and asset
Sprint’s F-150 with the FWS mobile office has appeared this year at the
ITS-Michigan convention and at other Sprint-sponsored events. The truck
will roll into other conventions, trade shows and Sprint marketing
events in the months ahead. An identical F-150 is now available for
customers to experience at the Sprint World Headquarters Executive
Briefing Center in Overland Park, Kansas.
”There’s nothing like a personal hands-on experience to bring home the
value of a mobile office supported by fast Internet connections. When
you operate the in-dash computer yourself, you immediately understand
how comprehensive, intuitive and productivity-enhancing mobile solutions
can be,” said John Dupree, vice president – Enterprise and Federal,
In addition to the F-150, the in-dash computer with Internet
connectivity is available on 2009 Ford F-Series and E-Series vehicles,
and on the 2010 Ford Transit Connect vehicle.
“Ford Work Solutions delivers a complete range of mobile office features
via a powerful in-dash computer combined with Sprint’s robust high-speed
mobile broadband which has allowed us to deliver an unprecedented
productivity solution for field work forces,” said Ed Pleet, Ford Work
Solutions product and business development manager.
Through its unmatched Nextel Direct Connect® push-to-talk service,
rugged devices and other technology, Sprint has developed and maintained
its leadership in Field Work Force solutions by understanding that
effective Field Work Force management requires constant coordination of
crews, fleets, suppliers, project managers, engineers and field service
teams – often in harsh conditions and always on tight timelines.
Ford Work Solutions can also be experienced at http://www.fordworksolutions.com,
which features a video demonstration of the in-dash computer.
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.
* “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. Not all
services available on 3G and coverage may default to separate network
when 3G unavailable.
Stephanie Greenwood, 913-794-3658