Xata Signs Value-Added Reseller Agreement with SkyBitz to Give Fleets Increased Ability to Track Assets

Real-time location and status data helps fleets reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction

Mar 09, 2011, 10:45 ET from Xata Corporation

MINNEAPOLIS, March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Xata Corporation (Nasdaq: XATA), a leader in fleet optimization software, today announced that it is now a value-added reseller (VAR) for SkyBitz®, the global leader in remote-asset-management solutions. The agreement ensures Xata's ability to provide the industry's most powerful and complete set of asset-tracking solutions and further validates the success of Xata's strategy to partner with other leading industry software and hardware companies to provide best-in-class solutions to today's fleets.

According to a study by Cambridge Strategic Management Group, a world-class provider of strategic consulting services, SkyBitz can reduce a fleet's trailer-to-tractor ratio by about 15 percent, which, when integrated with Xata's fleet management solutions, can generate significant savings on fleet operations costs.

"SkyBitz's ability to provide quantifiable asset-performance data aligns perfectly with Xata's commitment to provide solutions that collect and display the data that fleet owners, managers and drivers rely on to optimize efficiency, increase compliance and improve customer satisfaction," said Christian Schenk, vice president, product marketing, Xata. "And like Xata, SkyBitz is focused on innovation. Their global locating technology is the best in the industry and excels in efficiency, accuracy and reliability."

Based in the Washington, D.C. region, SkyBitz specializes in real-time decision-making tools for companies with unpowered assets, such as the trailers managed by the private and for-hire fleets that Xata serves. SkyBitz best-in-class tools calculate asset position in mere seconds, dramatically reducing power consumption and the cost and inconvenience associated with frequent battery replacement.

SkyBitz's asset tracking solutions are compatible with both Xata Turnpike and XataNet and are offered via one-way and two-way satellites, as well as terrestrial and wireless networks.

As is a hallmark of Xata solutions, SkyBitz is easy to use and report-rich, offering 50 standard reports, including stops/starts, position history, idle time and battery life. All reports are downloadable for easy import into spreadsheets. In addition, custom reports are available so users can define and mine data in ways that are most useful to them.

"We're excited to add Xata to our other industry-leading partners," said Homaira Akbari, president and CEO, SkyBitz. "We believe this partnership will allow both companies to provide a greater holistic solution to help customers maximize their fleets and operations."

About Xata

Xata Corporation (NASDAQ: XATA) provides intuitive, automated fleet management software solutions to the trucking industry. By delivering real-time critical information on vehicle and driver performance, Xata makes it easy for fleet managers, dispatchers and drivers to collect, sort, view and analyze data to help reduce costs, increase safety and compliance, and improve customer satisfaction.

Our award-winning solutions include 1) XataNet, a full-featured, enterprise-wide solution that helps private and for-hire fleets drive continuous improvement, and 2) Xata Turnpike, a technologically advanced, low-cost, easy-to-install solution that runs on drivers' existing cell phones, smartphones and tablet computers. Both solutions help fleet managers and drivers meet established and emerging electronic onboard recorder (EOBR) regulations. We also offer a portfolio of professional services, including implementation, training and consulting, to help our customers deliver bottom-line results. For more information, visit www.xata.com or call 1.800.745.9282.

About SkyBitz

SkyBitz is a leader in global remote asset management solutions, providing real-time information on the location and status of assets. More than 700 enterprises rely on SkyBitz technology to achieve total asset visibility, improved security, lower operating and capital expenses, and enhanced customer service. SkyBitz delivers its solution via SkyBitz Insight, a secure web-based application that is fully customizable and requires no software downloads. SkyBitz is a privately held company backed by Garvin Hill Capital Partners LLC, Highstar Capital, Inverness Graham Investments, Motorola Ventures and ITV, a fund of Cordova Ventures. For additional information, visit www.skybitz.com or the company blog at www.skybitz.com/blog.

SOURCE Xata Corporation