Terion partners with trailer builder and leasing company Terion Inc. has signed two separate agreements that call for the sale, installation and distribution of FleetView, a cellular-based trailer tracking product, by a major trailer manufacturer and one of the largest trailer lessors.

The deal with Wabash National Corp. calls for the company to factory-install Terion's tracking hardware, as well as provide sales, aftermarket installation and service support. The two new business partners say they will also co-develop and market an advanced trailer management system that will integrate Wabash's proprietary electronic control and monitoring systems with the Terion wireless communications service.

Under a separate agreement with XTRA Lease, FleetView will be installed on 25,000 trailers in the company's rental fleet. Fleets that rent or lease XTRA Lease trailers will have the ability to track and report on the locations of those units, as well as track trailer events such as change in load status, cargo door opening and trailer movement. Basic tracking service will be free to rental customers.

XTRA customers will also be able to lease or purchase the Terion units for installation on fleet-owned equipment or trailers already on long-term leases. According to the agreement, XTRA will be the only rental and leasing company with rights to lease the FleetView product.

FleetView uses GPS satellites to pinpoint locations, and then transmits that data from the trailer over the cellular telephone network.

Terion says it currently has 40,000 FleetView units on order from approximately 75 fleet customers, and "thousands" installed and actively tracking trailers. Monthly service contracts, which vary by fleet size, range from $11.95/mo. for 30 location messages to $14.95 for 60 messages.

Based on Arsenault Assoc.'s Dossier32 fleet maintenance software, 24/7 Fleet Online does away with software purchase, installation and maintenance. Instead, for a monthly subscription fee, the application service provider (ASP) product allows fleets to enter data and run reports with just an Internet connection and a standard Web browser.

Features for 24/7 Fleet Online include PM scheduling, parts inventory management, and warranty tracking. The company says it also provides subscribers with "live" online support service.

For fleets that prefer to own their software, Arsenault has released version 3.0 of Dossier32 for Windows 95, 98, 2000, and NT. Demos of the package are available online at the company's web site (www.truckfleet.com) or on a CD-ROM by request.

The Kenworth Service Unit Locator allows owners of older, heavy-duty trucks to search online for used and rebuilt cabs, hoods and sleeper units in the U.S. and Canada. Part of the Kenworth PremierCare Parts and Service Program, the new service is not limited to company parts and will locate body components for a wide variety of heavy- and medium-duty models. Visit www.kenworth.com for more information.

TMW Systems and Qualcomm are adapting TMW's PowerSuite dispatch application for use with Qualcomm's OmniTRACS mobile communications system in the People's Republic of China. Qualcomm distributes OmniTRACS in China through reseller Guangdong South Satellite Telecommunications Service Co. Ltd. (SST). The agreement between Qualcomm and TMW will enable TMW to offer the localized version of PowerSuite to SST's truckload carrier OmniTRACS customers.

Terry Green of Minerva, Ohio, won $20,000 last month in a "Free Truck Giveaway" sponsored by Hookup.com. He was chosen from the used-truck auction site's bidders in an electronic drawing and used his winnings to help buy a 1998 KW T-2000.