SKOKIE, Ill., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Rand McNally's HD 100, which provides electronic Hours of Service (HOS) recording, text- and dispatch-integrated messaging plus driver performance monitoring capabilities, has been selected for inclusion in the prestigious "Top 20 Products of 2013" by Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT) magazine. The HD 100 is designed to turn GPS units, tablets and smart phones into compliant EOBR systems.*
This year's products were selected from hundreds of products and services introduced in the pages of HDT between December 2011 and November 2012, as well as those items previewed on Truckinginfo.com through October 31, 2012. Each honored product was selected as a semifinalist by at least two of three editors – Editor-in-Chief Deborah Lockridge, Senior Editor Tom Berg and Equipment Editor Jim Park – based on its innovation, ability to address top industry issues or concerns, and its potential to improve a fleet's bottom line.
The Top 20 products were selected from the semifinalist group by a panel of experienced fleet executives and maintenance managers, including HDT Truck Fleet Innovators and a panel of Technology & Maintenance Council members led by past TMC President Darry Stuart. The HD 100 and 19 other winners will be featured in the February 2013 issue of HDT.
"Rand McNally has consistently produced products for the commercial transportation market that identify and solve customer issues. The HD 100 enables companies, whether a one-truck operation or a complex logistics provider, to cost-effectively meet the EOBR implementation required by MAP 21," said Kate Miller, Vice President and Group Publisher, Heavy Duty Trucking.
The HD 100 is easy to install and intuitive to use, plugging into a truck's on-board diagnostics port and recording the truck's GPS position along with critical vehicle-specific information such as engine diagnostics and driving behavior. The device – roughly 3 ½ inches by 5 inches – can be installed in less than 10 minutes.
"Rand McNally is pleased to be recognized by the panelists as an innovator for the second year in a row," said Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally. "The HD 100 furthers our strategy to provide hardware-agnostic and cost-effective EOBR solutions for drivers who already own a smart phone, tablet, or one of our GPS devices. The HD 100 will help fleets and owner operators alike with meeting the upcoming EOBR implementation mandated by MAP 21, using their currently available technology."
The devices will be commercially available the second quarter of 2013, and will integrate with Rand McNally's TND™ 720 GPS device. Integration is also planned for Android and iOS smart phones and tablets.
Just as with the company's premier enterprise solution, TPC 7600, and the robust yet cost-effective single-box device, the TND™ 760, the HD 100 allows data integration with more than twenty third-party dispatch and fuel tax applications via Rand McNally Connect software.
For more information, call 1-800-641-RAND (7263).
* Requires monthly service plan.
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