July 22, 2009
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 productivity tools.

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 include:

  • 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 management.

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, Sprint.

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.


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.

Source: Sprint

Stephanie Greenwood, 913-794-3658