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Radio system will keep truckers' phone bills down.

Radio System Will Keep Truckers' Phone Bills Down Two Midwestern trucking companies are looking for improved communication and lower long-distance phone bills with a new radio system from Motorola.

Robert Hansen Trucking of Delavan, Wis., and Hi-Way Dispatch of Marion, Ind., are using CoveragePlus, which offers nationwide vehicle tracking and two-way voice and data communication.

Hansen Trucking, a nationwide specialized carrier, has a 70-truck fleet.

"We currently communicate with our drivers via telephone, but there are certain disadvantages," says Robert Hansen, president.

"If a driver inadvertently leaves behind a portion of his shipment, he may be four or five hours down the road before he calls in to discover the mistake," explains Hansen.

Now, "the dispatcher can get in touch with the driver instantly."

Hansen expects savings through improved communications and fewer long-distance calls.

Hi-Way Dispatch is a regional general commodities carrier with a 155-tractor fleet.

President Frank Bove says the new system "will let us make management decisions on a real-time basis. It will improve communications and decrease long-distance bills."

The CoveragePlus system operates through Motorola's existing network of Specialized Mobile Radio trunked systems. When a mobile radio is turned on, it automatically logs onto the nearest trucking radio system.

That notifies the dispatcher of a vehicle's location via a Motorola hub. When the mobile unit moves into a new coverage area, it automatically logs onto that system, and the dispatcher is updated.

The basic CoveragePlus unit is a two-way radio with eight preset status message buttons. Optional are a mobile data terminal with a 40-character 8-line display screen for detailed data communications and a Loran C receiver which receives signals from Coast Guard Loran C antennas across the country. That allows a vehicle's location to be pinpointed within a quarter mile.

In-vehicle hardware costs about $2000 to $3700, and there are monthly fees and charges.
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Title Annotation:Motorola CoveragePlus
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Date:Jul 1, 1990
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