MINNEAPOLIS.  Mobile devices integrated with a software package specifically for the trucking industry are under development by XRS Corporation in partnership with Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC  (Samsung Mobile), according to an announcement made here this morning during the annual XRS User Event (XUE).  The collaboration will allow drivers to receive select Samsung Mobile devices that will come with XRS trucking intelligence available for download.

The integrated XRS/Samsung solution is expected to be available later this year.  The initial offering will be over the Verizon network.

The Samsung Mobile devices will be equipped with Samsung for Enterprise (SAFE) enhanced security features configured to help ensure every user’s mobile workforce has enterprise-focused IT policy controls, mobile device management protocols, virtual private network connectivity and on-device encryption. It was developed to enhance enterprise mobile security for businesses in both regulated and non-regulated industries.  

“We have a responsibility to ensure all drivers and fleets are compliant, and it’s our goal to make compliance accessible, convenient and easy to use for everyone on the road,” said Jay Coughlan, chairman and chief executive officer of XRS. “Samsung Mobile and its devices are on the leading edge of this revolutionary movement, and we are proud to be working together to bring these best-in-class mobile solutions to market.”

“Enterprise customers have increasingly unique requirements by line of business for both company owned and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) users,” said Tim Wagner, vice president and general manager, enterprise business unit – Samsung Mobile USA. “The onboard trucking solution to be provided by XRS and Samsung is a fantastic example of how we are working closely with our rapidly growing ecosystem of mobile solution providers to meet specific customer needs.”

“Our industry is just now starting to realize the incredible potential of mobile computing to improve the bottom line for fleets and drivers alike,” observed Christian Schenk, senior vice president, product and market strategy for XRS.“With this new, integrated fleet solution, the entire trucking industry can rest assured that their drivers and operations staff will always be in communication, in compliance and in the process of delivering value to customers.

“Samsung sees the opportunities MAP-21 brings to trucking,” Schenk told Fleet Owner. “They see XRS as a market leader [in the mobile trucking intelligence area]. They will be marketing very aggressively with us in the trucking space.”

XRS has sales and distribution partnerships with numerous wireless carriers supporting the U.S. and Canadian trucking industries. The company’s mobile platform, which entered general release in March 2013, can currently operate on more than fifty different devices, according to XRS.