Descartes Systems Group has introduced its latest intelligent Automated Vehicle Locator (AVL) wireless services. Available on the Descartes Global Logistics Network, the updated product integrates on-demand delivery route planning and execution with Web-based tracking of vehicles via global positioning satellites. The services extend visibility to fleets in the field, and enable delivery route changes on the fly, when exceptions occur. AVL is available on a variety of mobile devices and wireless networks, and integrates with many back-office software applications. It provides field-data updates and tracking in real time, from basic GPS coordinates to more complex, "black-box" engine diagnostics. Operators can measure delivery performance against planned routes, and notify dispatch or customer-service operations of changes made during the delivery cycle. Field workers have visibility into relevant shipment data, so that they can stay up to date on delivery status and more effectively coordinate arrival times.
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