FedEx Custom Critical, the time-specific carrier subsidiary of FedEx Corp., has signed a contract with TMI's TripPak ONLINE to process shipping documents and provide workflow software tools. The scanning and processing service can store and retrieve all paper documents, certify electronic documents and interface with other management systems. TMI maintains daily document collection points at 1,500 points in the U.S. and Canada.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has contracted ALK Technologies Inc. to supply and maintain routing for its National Hazardous Materials Route Registry. A web-based service, the registry will use ALK's PC*Miler/HazMat as its routing and mapping engine.

The vehicle tracking system Locarta 2020i works with Nextel's wireless network and Microsoft MapPoint software to provide automated vehicle location and route monitoring in real-time. A second version is also available for CDPD (cellular digital packet data) wireless networks, and a third will log route data for downloading if vehicles operate outside of wireless network coverage.

Support for the maintenance standard VMRS 2000 is now available for all fleets using Fleet Assistant maintenance software from Cetaris Inc. The support effort is spearheaded by Doug Andrews, former VP maintenance for TNT and an original member of the committee that created VMRS.

EZ-Roam 802.11B's patented antenna technology extends Wi-Fi coverage range up to 1,500, according to developer Pelican Mobile Computing. The externally mounted weatherproof unit plugs into a USB connection and requires not external powerline or antenna cable.

Vtrac Systems Inc. says it will release a GPS-based trailer security and tracking system later this year that will provide fleets with instant theft or tampering notification. The VLINK requires not special keys or codes to differentiate between legitimate over-the-road movements and illegal activities, according to the developer. The system also offers position and usage reports as well as on-demand location information.

Using the Nextel wireless network and GPS-enabled phones, Telenav Track combines GPS location, dispatch, order entry and timesheet management functions in a single package. Designed for small to medium service and delivery fleets, the new wireless management suite combines a Web-based service front end with XML for easy integration with back-office applications, according to developer Televigation. A padlocked cradle for the mobile handset provides vehicle tracking.