ORBCOMM Extends Contract With Volvo for Data Communications
FORT LEE, N.J. --- ORBCOMM Inc., a satellite data telecommunications company, announced that Volvo has signed an international reseller agreement with the company and is using its data communications services on Volvo Trucks North America's Volvo Link Sentry truck product and on Volvo Construction Equipment's CareTrack system. Volvo Trucks North America has made Volvo Link Sentry standard for Volvo trucks with 2007 engines. Volvo Link Sentry is an onboard vehicle monitoring and communications system that helps fleet managers monitor truck usage. Additionally, drivers will have increased security and support available while on the road through the combination of Volvo Link Sentry's monitoring capabilities and the support of Volvo Action Service (VAS), Volvo's 24/7 roadside assistance program. The system tracks and communicates key productivity and performance information each week, which can be accessed by fleet managers online for a "fleet at a glance" view of operations or for a detailed examination of individual vehicle operation and performance. Earlier this year, Volvo Construction Equipment launched an updated version of its CareTrack remote machine monitoring system, which now offers satellite data communications and expanded functionality. Now available in both basic and advanced formats, CareTrack provides a wide range of information about how and where machines are being used. Working with the machine's own diagnostic system, operating and location data are transmitted from the machine and processed in a central database for users to remotely assess their machine's current and historical operating data through a secure website. "The systems developed by Volvo take advantage of ORBCOMM's global two-way data communications capability, giving its customers several advantages, such as increased safety, higher productivity, greater availability and better control of their assets," said Jerome B. Eisenberg, CEO of ORBCOMM.