Nextel teams with Prophesy to deliver next-generation Mobile Resource Management Solution to the Transportation Industry.
Agreement Extends Nextel’s Solution Portfolio to Long-Haul Trucking, Offers Advanced Wireless Solutions at Affordable Prices for Small and Medium-Sized Transportation Firms
LAS VEGAS, Nev., RESTON, Va., and BLOOMFIELD, Conn. – October 4, 2004 –
Today at the annual ATA Management Conference and Exhibition, Nextel
Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTL) announced it has teamed with Prophesy
Transportation Solutions, Inc. to deliver new, low-cost wireless dispatch
solutions to the long-haul trucking market. The agreement underscores Nextel’s
commitment to, and leadership in, providing wireless business solutions that
enable transportation and logistics firms to synchronize and speed deliveries,
increase productivity and accuracy, and reduce operational costs.
The two companies will bring to market new GPS-enabled mobile resource
management solutions based on Prophesy’s top-selling Prophesy DispatchSeries™
software. Delivered over Nextel’s digital nationwide wireless network on Nextel
handsets, these wireless data solutions enable drivers and dispatchers to share
and update itinerary, load and job status information paper free, while
providing real-time shipment tracking and route mapping, all at breakthrough
“The combination of Prophesy and Nextel represents a
technological breakthrough for the trucking industry, while also shattering the
price barrier historically associated with ‘in-cab’ mobile communications
solutions,” said William Ashburn, vice president, Prophesy. “Nextel is the
carrier of choice for the majority of our more than 12,000 customers; its
leadership in customer service, innovation and market understanding makes
Nextel a natural fit for our solutions.”
Added Henry Popplewell, vice president of transportation,
distribution and retail industries at Nextel, “Extending Prophesy
DispatchSeries software to the Nextel platform will help small and mid-sized
fleets ‘play big’ against the competition. Together, our companies are
delivering a comprehensive mobile resource management solution that will
integrate easily with back office systems, increasing the velocity of shipments
and quality of customer service. Our combined efforts are helping turn the
wireless handset into one of long-haul trucking’s most powerful supply chain
Nextel Communications, a FORTUNE 200 company based in Reston, Va., is a leading
provider of fully integrated wireless communications services and has built the
largest guaranteed all-digital wireless network in the country covering
thousands of communities across the United States. Today 95 percent of FORTUNE
500® companies are Nextel customers. Nextel and Nextel Partners, Inc. currently
serve 297 of the top 300 U.S. markets where approximately 254 million people
live or work.
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Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press
release regarding Nextel Communications’ business which are not historical
facts are “forward-looking statements” that involve risks and uncertainties.
For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual
results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see
“Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most
recently ended fiscal year.
Prophesy Transportation Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of software, Internet and mobile
communications solutions to the transportation, logistics, and distribution industries. Since 1984,
Prophesy has offered products and services for dispatch, accounting, mobile communications, logistics
management, loadbuilding, mileage and routing, fuel purchase optimization, fuel and road tax reporting,
driver log auditing, driver management, and vehicle maintenance. For more information, please visit
www.ProphesyMC.com for Mobile Communications Software
or www.ProphesyLogistics.com for Logistics Software
on the Internet, or contact Prophesy Transportation Solutions, Inc. at 1-800-776-6706.
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