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ROCKWELL ADDS TO PARTICIPATION IN AUTOMOTIVE MARKETS WITH GLOBAL POSITIONING SATELLITE TECHNOLOGY

 DETROIT, Mich., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Rockwell International Corporation (NYSE: ROK) is augmenting its participation in automotive and transportation markets beyond vehicle components and systems by adapting technology developed initially for military and defense uses and applying it to commercial vehicles.
 A pioneer in Global Positioning System technology, Rockwell is using its NavCore(R) V GPS receivers in several vehicle locating systems aimed at providing a range of data that contribute to improving operating efficiency and lowering costs.
 Earlier this year, Rockwell participated in a U.S. Department of Transportation Intelligent Vehicle Highway System (IVHS) Operational Test Program. The project tests the effectiveness of GPS and on-board computers to track trucks to determine the fuel taxes owed to a state in a manner acceptable to state auditors.
 The test involved using Rockwell-made Mobile Communication Satellite Systems, which includes GPS receivers and Tripmaster(R) units in trucks to record accurately the number of miles the truck drives in a state, and when it crosses a state line. With precise data, trucking companies and state officials can be assured that each state receives its accurate share of fuel taxes. This compares with present methods that are manual, time consuming, imprecise, and often lead to costly disputes.
 In addition to Rockwell, others participating in the project are the Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation, Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Rand McNally-TDM, Inc., ATA Foundation, Iowa Motor Truck Association, Minnesota Trucking Association, and the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association.
 Rockwell also will use its GPS receivers as part of its new mobile, two-way, satellite communications network for long-distance trucking companies. Plans are to install the first Rockwell terminals in April.
 The new system is designed to help long-haul fleets improve the efficiency of their vehicles and drivers by having precise, current information on their trucks' location and their operational status. The system, which transmits data messages, allows fleet managers and drivers to communicate, sequentially, about loading, dispatching and delivery status. The GPS satellite system locates the vehicle and the vehicle transmits that information when necessary to alert the operations manager.
 Aimed at displacing conventional methods of locating vehicles and learning their status, such as by telephone, the Rockwell system will be particularly useful for trucking companies involved in just-in-time deliveries and other assignments where timeliness and optimal use of equipment is paramount.
 Rockwell is providing GPS receivers to Techsonic Industries, Inc., for use in a state-of-the-art mobile navigation system in Dallas for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). Rockwell receivers are part of a $16.4 million satellite communications system that will enable DART to monitor and control the movement of its buses and supervisory vehicles throughout the Dallas metropolitan area.
 By having accurate, timely information on the location of its vehicles, DART will be capable of operating on more precise schedules, giving better service to users, and responding faster to emergencies.
 Rockwell International Corporation, headquartered in Seal Beach, Calif., is a multi-industry company applying advanced technology to a wide range of products in its electronics, aerospace, automotive and graphics businesses.
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