Less than three months after announcing its next-generation in-cab EOBR (electronic on-board recorder), the TND 760 Fleet Edition, Rand McNally is rolling out the device to its first customers.

As announced in early August, the TND 760 combines Rand McNally's award-winning navigation with a robust mobile communication system — all for less than $800. Integrated into a truck's on-board computer, the TND 760 sends and receives information via both Wi-Fi and cellular methods. The in-cab device is designed to be set up in less than 30 minutes and does not require installation of a separate “black box” monitoring unit like traditional mobile communication systems.

The TND 760 also provides seamless integration to transportation management system (TMS) providers. An interface helps maximize the benefits of a TMS already in place by utilizing information from Rand McNally's technology.

The first installation of TND 760 will be with Freight Exchange of North America (F/X) of Chicago, and will include integration with TMWSuite, an enterprise transportation software application from TMW Systems that allows the dispatch system to send information directly to the TND 760. F/X is a North American full truckload carrier operating nearly 300 power units from its terminals in Southern California, El Paso, Dallas, and Chicago. Finding a mobile communication provider with integration capabilities was a key factor in the selection of the TND 760.

Key features of the TND 760 include:

  • Hours of service (HOS)-compliant

  • E-mail — text and form messages enable easy integration

  • Document delivery — can be sent via e-mail/messaging

  • Driver performance — more than 200 metrics collected from the vehicle

  • Navigation — new 2011 data plus posted speed alerts

  • Wi-Fi communication — reduces communication cost and enables over-the-air programmability

  • Single box design — minimizes the installation process and makes deployment quick and painless.