Rand McNally

Rand McNally creates compliant EOBR system with remote access technology

Rand McNally, a leader in truck-specific GPS and mobile fleet management solutions for the commercial transportation market, has integrated RealVNC's remote access technology into its HD 100 devices. The integration of VNC enables professional drivers to view the display of the HD 100 through an application on their Wi-Fi enabled Rand McNally IntelliRoute TND GPS or mobile device.

The HD 100, commercially available later this year, offers electronic Hours of Service (HOS) recording, engine diagnostics, GPS positioning and a host of other metrics. With VNC integrated within the system, drivers may access this data while on the road and interact with messaging functions to easily retrieve instructions via their wireless device.

The software on Rand McNally's HD 100 devices is compliant with 49 CFR part 395.15 regulations. The devices come at a critical time given the upcoming Electronic On Board Recorder (EOBR) requirements mandated by MAP 21. The mandate, which was signed by President Obama in July 2012, specifies the use of EOBRs for Hours of Service logging in the next two years. It also states that it will be compulsory for all truck and fleet driver logs to be recorded via electronic devices, replacing manual logs currently in use.

VNC is the original remote access solution that enables the connection of one computer desktop from another, wherever they are located in the world. RealVNC is the only organization able to offer a commercial license to embed VNC remote access technology in third-party products and offerings. OEM customers range from Intel to IBM, with applications for both software and hardware products.

"The HD 100 will help fleets and owner operators alike with meeting the upcoming EOBR implementation mandated by MAP 21, using their currently available technology," said Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally. "We are happy to be working with RealVNC on this product and getting the HD 100 to market quickly."

Adam Greenwood Byrne, V.P. Strategic Alliances of RealVNC added, "With the EOBR mandate coming into force within the next couple of years we are delighted to be working with Rand McNally to help provide access to driver logs and critical information via its HD 100 devices. RealVNC's software continues to offer flexible licensing for OEMs, bringing VNC functionality to their own products."