M2M offers a competitive edge on the open road

  • Saia LTL Freight

While truckers have long called the open road their office, there was always still plenty of “paperwork” to do back at company headquarters. For Saia LTL Freight drivers, much of that has been eliminated, thanks to the new suite of AT&T advanced mobility solutions the trucking and logistics company is using to simplify work processes and save money.

Saia drivers can now use durable, handheld computers to easily log time and quickly connect with dispatch managers from the comfort of their truck cab. They can also communicate with dispatchers in near real-time, providing updates on fuel consumption and engine performance. Monitoring the maintenance, safety, dispatch, and location of vehicles has not only resulted in a reduction in fuel costs but a decrease in the company’s carbon footprint.

Saia also provides customers with real-time updates on their shipments while in transit, using AT&T Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology to track the location of deliveries and help ensure that orders arrive on time.

“We transport goods for the retail, chemical, and manufacturing industries across the entire U.S.,” said Mark Robinson, chief information officer of Saia LTL Freight. “AT&T gives our drivers and dispatch managers the on-the-go tools needed to be more efficient, at the office or on the road. We can better serve our customers and keep a competitive edge for many years to come.”


Mark Robinson is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Saia, Inc. He has written this guest post for the Networking Exchange Blog.

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