GM Provides Wireless System

DETROIT General Motors Fleet and Commercial Operations will add Gearworks etrace XT mobile productivity solution, which will run over Nextels nationwide network, to its commercial vehicle line. Beginning second quarter 2003, qualifying GM commercial vehicles and fleet customers will receive a one- year subscription to Gearworks etrace XT application; a GPS/Java-enabled Nextel i58sr phone; and a one-year

DETROIT — General Motors Fleet and Commercial Operations will add Gearworks’ etrace XT mobile productivity solution, which will run over Nextel’s nationwide network, to its commercial vehicle line.

Beginning second quarter 2003, qualifying GM commercial vehicles and fleet customers will receive a one- year subscription to Gearworks’ etrace XT application; a GPS/Java-enabled Nextel i58sr phone; and a one-year subscription to a Nextel Total Connect data plan when they select the etrace XT package upon purchase of a vehicle through either the GMC Fit For Profit or Chevrolet Commercial Customer’s Choice promotional programs.

Eligible commercial vehicles include:

  • GMC Sierra and HD pick-ups, Savanna/Savanna Pro full-size vans, Safari vans and Sonoma compact pickup trucks.
  • Chevrolet Silverado and HD pick-ups, Express / Express Access full-size vans, Astro vans and S10 compact pickups.

The etrace XT is designed for dispatched mobile workers such as plumbing and HVAC service techs.

Running on Nextel’s Java technology-enabled i58sr phone with global positioning system capabilities, etrace XT provides field workers GPS-based driving directions and the ability to manage job schedules and receive information from headquarters; a Web-based system for dispatchers allowing them to quickly locate vehicles, track the entire fleet, determine job status and communicate with workers; and reporting tools to measure key worker performance metrics.