Systems like XATANET also feature a Wi-Fi component, which allows an onboard system to communicate with wire'less access points in the yard. "The driver can also upload and download information through it right in the yard. He doesn't have to go into a break office or to the dispatcher to get his next assignment," Flies says.
Wi-Fi capability is also a feature of Cadec's Mobius TTS system. Using wireless local area network (WLAN) interfaces, the onboard hub inside the cab connects to a company's computer systems over a broadband, short-range link for downloading and uploading information.
Tripmaster also offers this Wi-Fi capability. Tripmaster Wireless transfers data from the OBC to and from Tripmaster Office software. Vehicles can be positioned anywhere in the yard, eliminating the need for drivers to go through close-proximity, pass-through points and the wasted time spent at data extraction stations.
Though these types of systems are just starting to gain in popularity now, Richard Kochersperger, director of the Food Marketing Group in Wallingford, PA, ac'knowledges that they have not reached the level of usage that they should. "All of the over-the-road and inbound guys have it. Would I have it? Absolutely, but the industry is not so fast to adopt it," he says. "You want to do everything you can to protect yourself, your drivers and your business.