GLENVIEW, Ill., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Navman Wireless announced today that Paresh Nagda, the company's chief technology officer, has been named one of the top CTOs of 2010 in the annual InfoWorld CTO 25 Awards from IDG's InfoWorld magazine. The awards honor senior IT executives who have demonstrated leadership in their companies and the IT community by translating the promise of technology into business benefit.
Nagda was recognized primarily for a language localization automation project designed to expedite entry into new global markets for Navman Wireless' OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking system. That custom-built translation framework has reduced localization time for OnlineAVL2 from months to weeks, enabling rapid expansion into countries including, Mexico, China, Taiwan and Italy over the last 18 months
As a result, 12 percent of the company's installed base is now in non-English-speaking markets, and Navman Wireless is well-positioned to further increase global penetration of its GPS-based fleet tracking technology to help fleet managers reduce fuel, labor and other fleet operating costs. The company is one of the few fleet tracking vendors to utilize a single software platform for all global markets, providing the same robust feature set in all locations.
The InfoWorld award citation also named a series of other Nagda initiatives that have been instrumental in driving new business for Navman Wireless. Those projects range from optimizing the geographic information service system used by OnlineAVL2 for the specific customer location to improving the application architecture to provide for the scalability required to support even larger enterprises.
"There are more than 100 million commercially owned and operated vehicles in developed countries alone, but only a fraction of those vehicles are equipped with fleet tracking solutions. That presents a major business opportunity for the company that can deliver better technology that is already globalized," said T.J. Chung, CEO of Navman Wireless. "This InfoWorld CTO 25 Award recognizes Paresh's role in making that possible and thereby contributing to our growth, market share and success."
"Everyone knows that 2009 was an extraordinarily tough year for most organizations. Despite that environment, some CTOs were able to move forward with innovation, in some cases finding ways to create new opportunities for their business and in others leveraging the economic crisis to make their IT operations significantly better even as they got leaner," said Galen Gruman, Executive Editor/New and Features, InfoWorld. "The ability to be innovative and cost-effective was very evident in this year's InfoWorld CTO 25 winning entries. These IT leaders combined management savvy, technological insight, and the ability to lead a team to success despite difficult circumstances."
The award marked the second recognition for Navman Wireless' OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking technology in a month. In May, New Hampshire-based school transportation company Provider Enterprises received one of only 15 InfoWorld Green 15 2010 Awards for its use of OnlineAVL2 to achieve operational efficiencies including a $50,000 reduction in fuel expenses for its 188 vehicles in the first year.
Provider achieved those benefits by leveraging OnlineAVL2's ability to alert dispatchers when vehicles are idling excessively, route the closest appropriately equipped vehicle to meet the particular impairment of the company's special needs passengers, eliminate unnecessary trips when a child does not need transportation on a given day, and identify unauthorized personal vehicle use. The company also uses Navman Wireless' technology to track vehicle location in real time and optimize vehicle maintenance schedules.
About Navman Wireless
Navman Wireless is a global leader in GPS-based fleet optimization products and services, including real-time vehicle tracking and OEM GPS solutions that enable companies to track, monitor and communicate with their movable and fixed equipment assets. The company's flagship OnlineAVL2/Qube system is installed in more than 110,000 vehicles owned by over 8,500 customers worldwide, making Navman Wireless one of the world's largest fleet management providers with coverage on five continents. Navman Wireless is based in Glenview, IL, with facilities in the U.S., Mexico, UK, Italy, Taiwan, Ireland, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. For more information, visit www.navmanwireless.com or www.navmanwirelessus.com.
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