Sprint Precision Locator Helps Businesses Locate Fleets and Mobile Workers Through Their Wireless Devices

Small and Large Businesses Benefit from Sprint Business Mobility Framework Capabilities Through Simple but Powerful, Web-Based Application

RESTON, Va.--Aug. 23, 2005 Sprint today announced the launch of Sprint Precision Locator. This solution is easy-to-use and quick-to-implement and helps small and large businesses track fleets and mobile workers. Businesses can ultimately enhance productivity and response times to customers by locating, mapping and messaging with resources in the field.
Sprint Precision Locator provides a powerful tool for dispatchers or supervisors who are monitoring a mobile workforce of a small or large company by allowing them to:

  • Access interactive maps with full panning and zooming capabilities to easily locate a worker or group of workers without interrupting field productivity
    Set schedules and have the application identify the location of a mobile device or group of mobile devices to ensure specific tasks are performed at designated times
    Create landmarks on maps that are important to the business, such as offices and warehouses, and track if an employee leaves or enters established landmarks
    Use reporting functionality to track mobile workforce location history to determine where efficiencies can be gained
    Use text messaging feature to reach a mobile worker or group of workers
Phoenix-based Ace Asphalt has been trialing Sprint Precision Locator and is excited about the results. "We knew a tool such as this would help us manage our mobile workforce, but experiencing it first hand has been invaluable to understanding the benefits of real-time tracking and messaging," said Darin Soll, CIO, Ace Asphalt. "Replacing traditional radios with wireless phones and Sprint Precision Locator in our trucks provides a double win for us -- more reliable field communications AND the ability to track the movements and whereabouts of those resources without the need for additional GPS hardware."

Sprint Precision Locator offers a single bill from Sprint for the application, and for a low monthly fee per user, companies have access to the Web-based application that is password-protected for privacy and can:

  • Locate each mobile device up to 1,000 times per month
    Determine if a device is on or off up to 100 times per month
    Send up to 50 SMS messages from the application to a mobile worker per month
This location tool combines Sprint Business Mobility Framework capabilities with the application development expertise of WaveMarket, a world leader in carrier-grade location-based services. Sprint Precision Locator also makes optimal use of WaveMarket's patented WaveAlert(TM) technology, tracking software and Microsoft MapPoint Web Service, an open-standards-based development platform for creating mapping and location-aware applications and services.

"As an easy and inexpensive solution to purchase and implement, businesses can immediately realize the enhanced efficiencies of tracking, directing and messaging with mobile workers," said Vicki Warker, vice president of marketing and product, Sprint Business Solutions. "We're excited to team with WaveMarket and Microsoft to help make location-based services real for our business customers through Sprint Precision Locator."

Sprint Precision Locator leverages the core capabilities of the Sprint Business Mobility Framework (launched this May), including locating a mobile device, determining a device's status and the ability to intelligently message mobile workers through an application. Sprint Business Mobility Framework adds to the already robust Sprint mobility portfolio aimed at driving improvements in productivity, operating costs and customer satisfaction for business customers.

To learn more about Sprint Precision Locator, visit www.sprint.com/PrecisionLocatorOverview. To learn more about Sprint Business Mobility Framework, visit www.sprint.com/business, and click on the Wireless Applications section.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business and government customers. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks offering industry leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and an award-winning and global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.

About WaveMarket

WaveMarket Inc. is a world leader in location-based services and has pioneered the first carrier-grade location trigger solution. WaveIQ, the company's software product suite, includes solutions that range from Finder Services to mobile social networking. Marketing to mobile carriers in the United States, Europe and Asia, WaveMarket's customers include SK Telecom, Korea's leading wireless carrier and major carriers in the US and Canada. Headquartered in Emeryville, CA, WaveMarket also has international offices in Korea, Brazil and Canada. Founded in 2000, the company is financed by a group that includes Draper Fisher Jurvetson, QUALCOMM Ventures, BlueRun Ventures (formerly Nokia Venture Partners), Intel Capital, and Telecom Italia.