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NATIONWIDE COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE UNVEILED FOR TRUCKING INDUSTRY

NATIONWIDE COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE UNVEILED FOR TRUCKING INDUSTRY
 WASHINGTON, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- TRX Transportation Telephone Co. (TRX TransTel) has announced plans for a nationwide communications service that will improve the efficiency of America's trucking industry.
 The system, called the Nationwide Transportation Radiotelephone Service (NTRS), will operate through a network of base stations, or "Fone Zones," strategically located at truck stops, rest areas and truck terminals throughout the country. By using a Personal Communications Service handset, truck drivers will have access to low-cost, two-way communications at locations served by the base stations.
 NTRS will offer a wide range of communications services such as two-way voice and mobile data, including voice mail and facsimile; vehicle location reporting; advance messaging; regional weather and traffic reporting; and remote financial transaction services.
 TRX TransTel filed a request in early May with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a Pioneer's Preference in the licensing of Personal Communications Services.
 "Now more than ever, businesses must rely on efficient and economical communications," said David A. Bayer, president of TRX TransTel. "Yet, for a substantial portion of the trucking industry, there is no such service. NTRS fills this need with an affordable, personal communications service that keeps drivers moving when time is critical."
 "This not only makes the trucking industry more efficient, it boosts the productivity of other businesses that depend on trucks," he said.
 As a vehicle approaches an NTRS base station, a low-power transmitter will signal a receiver in the driver's cab. The receiver will begin blinking and emit voice directions instructing the driver that a message is waiting.
 After stopping within the Fone Zone, the driver can use his handset to access the public telephone network to contact his dispatcher or others. The driver can also send or receive messages and faxes which provide timely updates to routing and delivery information. Anytime a vehicle is within a base station's service area, its location is automatically transmitted to the dispatcher, who can then track the truck's progress and assign additional loads that are geographically proximate.
 Also, the dispatcher can automatically receive information about the truck's performance. An on-board diagnostic system can transmit information about the truck's oil and coolant levels, engine temperature and idle speed, average RPM and miles per hour, and, in the case of refrigerated freight, trailer temperature.
 Prior to leaving the Fone Zone, the driver can access traffic and weather reports to determine if alternate routing will be needed. With this information in hand, both driver and dispatcher can plot trips and estimate arrival and departure with far greater certainty.
 NTRS will transform the outdated "check-call" process, which often requires a driver to stop every few hours to contact a dispatcher by phone. With NTRS, the driver stops when signalled by a dispatcher. This eliminates unnecessary trip interruptions and results in considerable savings in fuel and time. TRX TransTel estimates at least $1 billion in operating costs can be saved in this area alone.
 In its nearly 150-page proposal to the FCC, TRX TransTel has requested a Pioneer's Preference for the development of this innovative service. Pioneer's Preference is an FCC procedure that guarantees a license to a company that has developed a new or substantially improved communications services. It is meant to foster entrepreneurial developments within the communications industry.
 TRX TransTel is a joint venture that is 85 percent owned by PWTC Holding Corp., a Delaware corporation, and 15 percent owned by Advanced Wireless Communications Enterprises, Inc., a Missouri corporation.
 In 1991, trucking was a $265 billion industry in America. The country has approximately 44,000 motor carriers and 2.6 million drivers. Last year, they transported 4.1 billion tons of freight over more than 529 billion miles.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Louise Helbig of TRX TransTel, 314-746-0567/ CO: TRX Transportation Telephone Company ST: District of Columbia IN: TLS TRN SU: PDT


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