Briefs

Briefs

Copyright 2004, Traffic World, Inc.

SAP and Coca-Cola Enterprises will jointly develop solutions to improve direct store delivery, full-service vending and equipment service for the beverage and other consumer products industries. The new developments will include mobile solutions. "This initiative will help us to better utilize the information gleaned from our daily operations to enhance customer service, improve execution efficiency and grow our business," said Pat Mannelly, senior vice president and chief financial officer, Coca-Cola Enterprises. Coca-Cola Enterprises is the world''s largest marketer, distributor, and producer of bottle and can liquid nonalcoholic refreshment.

A German maker of "smart cards" is developing a biometric identification card that could be used by business or government for applications as diverse as security IDs for harbor truckers and "e-passports." Roding, Germany-based M?hlbauer''s ID document production system consists of the ID CAB 500 data capture terminal combined with equipment that produces smart cards or passports. The ID CAB 500 is designed to capture traditional keyboard input and photographs as well as all types of biometric data (iris, fingerprint, face and/or signature data).

Supply-chain software provider Arzoon released version 4.0 of its Vigilance Event Management software. The alert management software now includes support for radio frequency identification technology and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, said Bill Sickler, CEO. Enhancements include the ability to integrate another system or Web page from workflow forms; notification through any system or device; automated exception resolution information gathering from other systems; a new Microsoft Message Queuing adapter and expanded platform support. Arzoon is based in San Mateo, Calif.

Third-party logistics provider C.H. Robinson Worldwide is using wireless communication technology from Qualcomm. The 3PL will use Qualcomm''s OmniOne system as its wireless workforce solution to improve its logistics operations. Contract carriers will be able to receive load assignments and send shipment status updates via an OmniOne system-enabled mobile phone. Data from the system will be integrated with a carrier''s dispatch and back-office systems, helping to increase productivity and reduce the number of missed loads. Mark Walker, vice president of transportation at C.H. Robinson, said the technology "will help our contract carriers work more productively while on the road, and will enable us to communicate information with greater efficiency, saving time and money while improving customer service."

Technology integrator Magic Software Enterprises now offers radio frequency identification technology through its integration suite, iBOLT. "iBOLT was designed from the beginning to adapt to new technologies and RFID is no exception," said Avikam Perry, vice president of research and development. The software can handle real time or batch communications with RFID and is geared for both midmarket and large companies.

Military and special purpose vehicle producer AM General is using wireless tracking technology from Santa Clara, Calif.-based WhereNet at its Hummer H2 factory in Mishawaka, Ind. The company is using one WhereNet-based application to streamline assembly lines and optimize plant-floor operations. The system "has allowed us to operate at peak efficiency and ramp-up production to meet the pent-up demand for the Hummer vehicles," said Deborah Cafiero, CIO/director, information systems, AM General.

Siemens Procurement & Logistics Services, a subsidiary of Siemens, will use CombineNet''s Decision-Guidance Systems to improve purchasing decisions and lower costs. "Siemens has been using online sourcing technology since the mid ''90s and already has created a lot of savings," said Sebastian Kahlmeyer, vice president of SPLS. "We needed to continue to add value and manage increasingly complex sourcing scenarios without limiting our constraints. ... [CombineNet is] definitely a preferred vendor for large spend categories in direct materials, indirect materials, transportation and services." CombineNet also announced receiving $12 million in Series C funding, led by Advanced Technology Ventures. The funds will be used to establish the U.S. and European sales and marketing teams and further invest in product development. CombineNet''s previous investors, Apex Ventures, eCentury and Revolution, also participated. Bill Wiberg, a partner at ATV, joined the company''s board of directors.

Penske Truck Leasing introduced its fleet management tool, Precision Plus. Precision Plus includes Fleet I.Q., a Web-based fleet management system accessed through Penske''s extranet. Information available on Fleet I.Q. includes vehicle location and start/stop reports; performance reports; fuel tax reports and driver logs. The solution is available on a monthly basis through three packages: basic, standard and premier. Penske Truck Leasing, headquartered in Reading, Pa., is a joint venture of Penske and General Electric.