Published June 17, 2014
Volume 22, Number 6
The Navman Wireless Team : Leading the way for global GPS Fleet Tracking and Management Solution
By Zoe Francis
The latest innovations in wireless technology are helping companies keep track of their fleets while improving service and boosting their bottom line.
Navman Wireless uses GPS, wireless technology and sensors to help companies keep track of their fleets and assets, such as heavy equipment or vehicles.
“We install our tracking unit in each vehicle or asset that we’re trying to track,” Paresh Nagda, vice president of engineering and chief technology officer, explained. “It has GPS so it can figure out its location. It also has sensors so it can figure out more information about the asset.”
The high-tech units keep track of an incredible array of information – where a truck travels, speed of travel, fuel efficiency, when products are delivered and even when doors are opened or closed.
Navman’s customers are “anybody who has people working out in the field,” Nagda said. “Our customers would be transportation companies that move goods from A to B. They could be service customers like telecommunications companies that have technicians out in the field. It could be city street sweepers or school buses. Anyone that’s outside the office space are potentially our customers.”
Wireless fleet tracking, or telematics, is a relatively new industry, dating back roughly 14 years. Navman was founded in New Zealand a decade ago as part of a larger company with three business divisions. When the Chicago corporation that bought the larger company got out of the technology business seven years ago, Navman was spun off as its own entity.
A year ago, Navman was acquired by the Washington, D.C.-based Danaher Corporation. Navman remains based in Chicago with a Hacienda office that focuses on research and development.
“This is where we are building our technology,” Nagda said. “What we have here is technology leadership, software engineering and quality engineering.”
The firm opened a Hacienda office in 2008 because “in the Bay area, we can find the best and the brightest engineers,” he said.
In fact, Nagda is always on the lookout for top-notch software engineers with a variety of skills.
“We’re a great place to work,” he said proudly. “We have a very strong and talented team in Hacienda.”
Navman tracking system helps customers in three specific areas.
“We help them manage workers in the field and improve their productivity,” he said. “We help them manage the work that is taking place in the field, (like) routing, scheduling and optimization.
And we help our customers manage their assets (like trucks or construction equipment) in the field.”
Wireless tracking is so efficient that companies immediately see the benefit of telematics (wireless fleet tracking).
“Typically, within six months, they get 100 percent return on investment,” Nagda said.
Navman is one of the top five telematics firms in the world, thanks to its state-of-the-art software and creative features, such as Dynamic Dashboard for real-time fleet management.
“We are very innovative,” Nagda said. “We are always ahead of our competition in bringing out new technology and new ways of doing things.”
Learn more about Navman Wireless at navmanwireless.com.
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