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XATA Releases XATANET 4.0 for Optimizing Fleet Operations

XATANET 4.0 gives fleet executives enhanced functionality and support for third-party devices and applications

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XATA Corporation on October 6, 2007 will release version 4.0 of its web-based XATANET(R) fleet operations optimization tools. Fleets implementing XATANET 4.0 will benefit from streamlined system management, instant notification of critical events, an enhanced view of day-to-day operations performance, increased security and an accelerated return on investment.

XATANET 4.0 also offers enhanced support for third-party in-cab displays and handheld devices. By extension, XATANET 4.0 will support third-party navigation services, future technology innovations and an even higher level of back-office application integration. XATANET 4.0's ability to interface with non-proprietary devices gives fleet managers greater flexibility when choosing in-cab displays and third-party navigation services.

XATANET 4.0 fills a gap in fleet operations optimization by giving its customers an advantage over competitive offerings. As fleet managers refine and improve their operations through XATANET 4.0, they can offer their own customers an unprecedented level of accurate, on-time delivery, while reducing operations costs, improving driver safety and ensuring regulatory compliance.

Tested and implemented in the field, XATANET 4.0 features more than 14 enhancements, including:

-- User-configurable Smart Checks(TM) send critical data and performance alerts to key personnel via email, phone or pager. Through Smart Checks, fleet managers receive immediate notification of such events as driver delays, DOT HOS alerts and schedule variances. Both XATANET and non-XATANET users can receive Smart Check alerts. -- The Exceptions function tracks ongoing operational events and identifies performance levels outside user-defined limits. Typical exceptions include driver log violations, low fuel economy and excessive idle time. Within this function, users can specify exceptions important to their operations and adjust the exception threshold for each set of parameters. -- Learned Standards can gather and store long-term aggregate data from an entire fleet. Typical metrics include time and distance between stops, delivery times, miles per gallon by driver or vehicle and idle time. Through this data, managers can set performance benchmarks against which actual performance data can be compared. Managers can then export their XATANET data to other logistics systems for improved management decision-making capability. -- XATAScope allows fleet managers to track, capture and report on vehicle speed data at intervals of one second. XATAScope provides reports on second-by-second speed, minute-by-minute speed, speed changes and speeding, giving fleet managers multiple views on driver driving habits and their impact on fuel use and road safety.

"We're pleased to bring an increased level of performance and functionality to our customers," said Tom Flies, senior vice president, product management, XATA. "XATANET 4.0 not only offers enhanced recording and analytical tools for fleet managers, it provides a clear path for our OpCenter customers to upgrade to the XATANET platform."

XATANET 4.0 has already undergone beta implementation on XATA's client trucks across the country, including those with Plains All American Marketing and US Foodservice.

"Recording PTO usage, idle time, leg mileage and transit time are key to analyzing our operations," said Michael Christ, IS Applications Supervisor, Plains All American Marketing. "With the XATANET 4.0 Exceptions and Learned Standards functions, we can quickly identify opportunities for implementing cost-saving measures."

The XATANET system offers real-time location and mapping of fleet assets, the collection of operating data from vehicle sensors and the real-time exchange of driver, vehicle, route and delivery information via two-way wireless communications.

"Mandates by senior executives for improved fleet-related productivity and reduction in costs is making fleet management a top of the mind issue," said Amit Jain, Research Director, Strategic Service Management Practice, AberdeenGroup. "Leading companies are using fleet management solutions to realize such benefits as a 26% improvement in regulatory compliance and a 13.0% improvement in vehicle utilization. Average annual operating costs savings of $1,100 per vehicle make adoption of fleet management solutions a no-brainer."

XATANET 4.0 features will be available on Saturday, October 6, 2007 at 12:01 Central time.

For more information about XATANET 4.0 and XATANET 4.0 training DVDs and materials, visit http://www.xata.com/ or call 1-800-745-9282.

About XATA

XATA is the expert in optimizing fleet operations by reducing costs and ensuring regulatory compliance for the trucking industry. Our on-demand software and services help companies manage fleet operations, enhance driver safety and deliver a higher level of customer satisfaction. Offered through a fee-based subscription service, XATA affordably oversees every truck in an organization's fleet, from small fleets to fleets with thousands of vehicles. XATA provides expert services to develop the business processes required to deliver the profitability, safety and service levels demanded by today's competitive transportation environments.

Based in Minneapolis, XATA revolutionized the trucking industry by being the first to introduce electronic driver logs and exception-based management reporting with automatic fleet information updates. With the introduction of XATANET in 2004, our customers now have access to vehicle data anywhere, anytime. XATA now serves 30 of the top 100 private fleets in the U.S.

XATA Corporation

CONTACT: Karl Nilsson of XATA Corporation, +1-952-707-5650,
[email protected]

Web site: http://www.xata.com/

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