MINNEAPOLIS — Xata Corporation announced the company is changing its name to XRS Corporation and introduced a revolutionary all-mobile platform of the same name for trucking compliance, performance and fleet optimization. The new name, which stands for Xata Road Science, is effective immediately.
The company’s name change was driven by its new, all-mobile platform, designed to help fleets and drivers capture data for two essential needs: to keep drivers and fleets compliant, and to slash costs. The company’s eight years of success and more than 50,000 mobile subscribers with its first-generation mobile tool, Turnpike, have paved the way for XRS.
XRS will run on more than 50 types of mobile devices to automatically transmit vehicle and operator data directly to a management dashboard. Nearly 90 percent of drivers already have mobile devices in use, meaning there are no additional hardware costs associated with XRS, according to the company. XRS Corporation has partnership agreements with the leading brands in mobile communications in both the U.S. and Canada.
XRS also makes life easier for drivers, as it takes only 10 minutes to install with easy, instinctive use, and data sharing. The flexibility of XRS to work alongside thousands of other applications available for smartphones and tablets makes it as big or as small as users need it to be—whether for owner-operators or small, medium or large trucking operations.
“As a long-time Turnpike customer, we relished the opportunity to be one of the first to try XRS,” says Cliff Dixon, vice president of Information Technology at Quality Distribution, Inc., the largest dedicated bulk tank truck network in North America. “We’ve been pleased with the improved performance and business results gained from Turnpike, but XRS provides even more power, ease of use and flexibility for our drivers and fleet managers. We primarily ship a broad range of hazmat chemicals, so safety and compliance is of the utmost importance. XRS is software as a service, removing the complexity of changing hardware or software whenever regulations change – XRS is automatically updated to comply with new regulations so we know we’re covered. We look forward to rolling XRS out fleet-wide once it is generally available.”
With XRS, there are no up-front hardware costs and no capital requirements, according to the company. The subscription-based monthly service will be in the range of current Turnpike pricing today, with varying pricing levels dependent on package and feature functionality. Every XRS package level includes an XRS Relay in-cab device that communicates via Bluetooth with the driver’s existing smartphone or tablet. The return on investment of XRS is almost immediate, and it pays off in driver productivity, fuel efficiency, fleet utilization, accident prevention, compliance and much more. At a trooper stop or weigh station, a driver’s smartphone or tablet linked to the truck’s computer through the XRS Relay device serves as mobile proof of compliance with XRS data.
XRS is scheduled for general release in spring 2013. Pricing and package levels will be announced prior to general availability in the spring.