FedEx, Motorola Building Business PDA - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
News
News
11/25/2002
02:22 PM
50%
50%

FedEx, Motorola Building Business PDA

FedEx drivers will get the PowerPad first. Motorola will sell it more broadly next year.

FedEx Corp. and Motorola Inc. have built a PDA that FedEx plans to distribute to its drivers starting next summer. The PowerPad runs on the Microsoft Pocket PC operating system and includes Bluetooth and GPRS technology for wireless transmission of shipping data.

The device can communicate via infrared signal with a portable printer carried by drivers. The PowerPad will replace a model built 15 years ago, says Ken Pasley, director of wireless systems development for FedEx. It's expected to cut paperwork handled by FedEx administrators because customers can sign their names directly onto the PowerPad screen instead of paper bar-coded sheets.

The PDA is roughly the size of a flip-flop and will capture, store, and transmit the signature to FedEx's database via a public wireless network or FedEx's private network.

Motorola plans to sell the PowerPad to other customers next year. The company refused to say how much the PDAs will cost. Motorola, however, is contractually barred from selling the device to FedEx's direct competitors.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Digital Transformation Myths & Truths
Transformation is on every IT organization's to-do list, but effectively transforming IT means a major shift in technology as well as business models and culture. In this IT Trend Report, we examine some of the misconceptions of digital transformation and look at steps you can take to succeed technically and culturally.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll