A Driving Force: XRS Announces Integration With Bolt Dispatch Software

Apr 2, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS — XRS Corporation, (formerly Xata Corporation; NASDAQ: XRSC), the leader in mobile fleet optimization software, today announced Xata Turnpike is now fully integrated with BOLT fleet management and trucking dispatch systems. Integration with the company’s new mobile fleet management platform – XRS – is forthcoming.

The integration will help drive productivity and convenience for both drivers and fleet managers using the BOLT system by automating key functions throughout the load planning and back-end processes, providing fleets all the functions and services for end-to-end transportation efficiency, scalable for a wide range of customers.

“In an increasingly connected world, the transportation industry benefits from shared technology and information,” said Jay Coughlan, chairman and chief executive officer of XRS Corporation. “Integrating with a widely-used system like BOLT will improve workflow and enhance data-sharing for both XRS and BOLT customers, with the primary goal of saving customers time and money.”

The integrated solution from XRS and BOLT combines powerful driver and fleet management tools to create efficiency and productivity throughout the process. Powered by Xata Turnpike’s GPS data, BOLT can detect site arrival and departure events and update loads in Dispatch without manual intervention. Eliminating manual data entry by dispatchers based on check calls from drivers saves time for both drivers and dispatchers, and improves data accuracy.

“Our fleet dispatchers have been toggling between Turnpike and BOLT for years, so we are 100 percent on board with this integration,” said David Coleman, transportation manager for Academy Sports + Outdoors, a national sporting goods retailer. “Now, we can give our dispatchers a fully integrated way to reference hours of service, tractor position information, load actualization and dozens of other key data points, all on the same screen. It’s really going to simplify the entire process for us.”

The integrated solution provides additional convenience to planners and dispatchers by displaying critical information – remaining driver hours, stop arrivals and load completions – and controlling all dispatch activities from one screen. It also allows dispatchers to get more accurate and more timely information from shippers, so they can close out orders and initiate billing without waiting for manual updates or driver paperwork.

As XRS launches its new mobile fleet management platform, a planned BOLT integration is already in the works. A key feature of an XRS/BOLT integration will be two-way communication between drivers and dispatchers, further enhancing efficiency and productivity. With the all-mobile XRS system, there are no up-front hardware costs and no capital requirements. The subscription-based monthly service features varying pricing levels, dependent on package and functionality. Every XRS package includes an XRS Relay in-cab device that communicates via Bluetooth with the driver’s existing smartphone or tablet.

“Our integration with XRS now presents our customers with another opportunity to enhance their dispatch and driver communication functions and get more out of our solution,” said Jerry Robertson, chief technology officer for BOLT. “We are committed to providing our customers with affordable, creative solutions for better communication, and this integration is going to be a huge benefit for them.”

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