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PACTEL TELETRAC INTRODUCES NEW WIRELESS INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK IN HOUSTON

 Fleet Management First of Many New PacTel Teletrac Services
 to Be Offered to Houstonians
 HOUSTON, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- PacTel Teletrac has launched a wireless network in Houston to provide location, information and communications services for commercial and personal use. The Houston system is PacTel Teletrac's second in Texas -- the Dallas/Fort Worth system was inaugurated in January 1992.
 With coverage spanning 1,850 square miles, the PacTel Teletrac network is able to serve subscribers throughout Harris and Galveston counties and in most sections of Fort Bend and Brazoria counties. In the future, the system will be expanded to include northern Montgomery County, including Conroe.
 Stephen McNulty, PacTel Teletrac vice president and general manager, heralds the company's entrance into Houston as a milestone. "We've worked hard to build a wireless network that will deliver 21st century location, information and communication services to Houston businesses and residents. We plan to introduce the first of these services -- computerized, 24-hour fleet management, panic notification and trailer protection -- this year. In the years to come, PacTel Teletrac expects to offer innovative location-based services that people can use in their cars everyday, like vehicle recovery services, emergency roadside assistance, in-vehicle navigation, motorist information services and two-way messaging."
 Fleet Management Service Now Available
 Teletrac computerized fleet management is the first service to be offered by the company in the greater Houston area. A 24-hour monitoring service with a locating accuracy of 150 feet, Teletrac fleet management gives customers greater control over route planning, scheduling and dispatching. It is the most affordable fleet monitoring service available today.
 In other PacTel Teletrac markets across the country -- Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and Miami -- Teletrac fleet management is being used in many different ways, by many different organizations. Ambulance companies, television news stations, trucking firms and trade/service companies are examples of commercial subscribers. In fact, more than 40 percent of all fleets using Teletrac fleet management are in the public sector -- transit, public safety, public transportation and public utilities. For example:
 -- Yellow Cab Company of Chicago is equipping its entire fleet -- 2,500 taxis -- with Teletrac fleet management service to deliver quick, efficient transportation services to its customers, while protecting the safety of both its drivers and passengers.
 -- The California Department of Transportation and California Highway Patrol use Teletrac fleet management to reduce the time needed to respond to traffic incidents.
 -- WTVJ Channel 4, the NBC affiliate in Miami, uses Teletrac in its news vehicles so reporters and camera crews can be guided to the scene of breaking news.
 -- The Los Angeles County Office of Education has equipped its buses, which travel to 125 school sites in 12 districts, with Teletrac fleet management service to help locate the buses during emergencies.
 -- The Los Angeles County Transportation Commission is using Teletrac service to direct its Freeway Service Patrol, a fleet of more than 80 tow trucks that travel county freeways to provide basic mechanical and towing services to motorists.
 -- The Red Cross and the Salvation Army are among the disaster relief agencies using Teletrac to direct emergency response teams through the streets of South Florida, which were heavily damaged by Hurricane Andrew.
 Service Technology Translates to Improved Fleet Productivity
 PacTel Teletrac fleet management service uses a combination of radiolocation and high-speed computers tied to mapping software. The result is a service that can pinpoint the location and monitor the movement of fleet vehicles within the system's geographical coverage area, and display it within seconds on a computer screen.
 For fleet operators, this means instant access to vehicle location information. No longer dependent solely on personal contact from drivers, dispatchers can direct and protect their fleets, based on real-time, visual information.
 The PacTel Teletrac fleet management software includes a digitized map of the entire coverage area. From major highways to small, residential streets, the city's roads are displayed. Fleet operators can view a large area of the map to instantly locate the entire fleet, or zoom in on a single vehicle. This detailed information takes the guess work out of fleet management. By knowing the exact locations of fleet vehicles, dispatchers can deploy them in a more efficient manner.
 The investment in hardware is minimal: a personal computer and mapping software supplied by PacTel Teletrac for the dispatcher, and a small Teletrac transceiver for each vehicle. Keyboard commands or mouse-controlled menus allow the dispatcher or fleet manager to monitor vehicles in a variety of formats. For maximum productivity, the system is equipped with a generic interface, allowing integration with a wide range of computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems.
 Special Features Offer Added Security
 PacTel Teletrac fleet management service includes feature options designed to meet the need for vehicle, cargo and driver safety. The panic button feature enables drivers to alert dispatchers to their location, with just the touch of a button, and the remote panic button gives drivers a device to carry with them when leaving their vehicles. The trailer protection features allow fleet owners to protect valuable cargo stored in unattended trailers and manage trailer inventory.
 Future PacTel Teletrac Services
 PacTel Teletrac expects to introduce the first of its consumer services -- 24-hour vehicle security and emergency roadside assistance in the next year. The vehicle security service is protecting the personal cars and trucks of thousands of people across the country who rely on Teletrac to automatically identify the location of stolen cars and assist law enforcement with recovery. This service will be the first of its kind in greater Houston. And the introduction of Teletrac roadside assistance will mark the first roadside service people can summon directly from their cars with just the touch of a button.
 Headquartered in Inglewood, Calif., PacTel Teletrac is a joint venture between PacTel Corp., and North American Teletrac. PacTel Corp., based in Walnut Creek, Calif., operates cellular, paging and international wireless businesses and is a subsidiary of Pacific Telesis Group, a worldwide diversified telecommunications company based in San Francisco. North American Teletrac is a privately held corporation based in Inglewood.
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 /CONTACT: Steve McNulty, VP and general manager-Houston Operations, 713-895-8959, or Ron May, 310-338-7187, both of PacTel Teletrac; or Nancy Harrison of Ariel West, 714-540-7387, for PacTel Teletrac/


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