Waste Management has equipped 1,800 of its mobile workers in 12 U.S. markets with Nextel Communications' assisted GPS-enabled (Global Positioning System) phones by Motorola and the @Road mobile resource management service. Dubbed "WasteRoute," Waste Management is using GPS technology and mobile phones to redesign its service routes, which in turn will improve efficiency, decrease noise and congestion in residential areas during certain times of the day, and reduce operations costs, the company announced. Operating on Nextel's all-digital packet data network, the @Road mobile resource management (MRM) solution also allows dispatchers to:
  • Monitor driver activities to aid in route adherence and time management using maps and reports.
  • Quickly locate and manage mobile workers.
  • Receive job status reports from the field.
  • Document activity to evaluate efficiency and utilization of assets.
  • Easily view and retrieve data using a standard Internet browser.
  • Communicate with mobile workers.
  • Originally posted on Fleet Financials