AT&T Business Solutions and WebTech Wireless Help Largest U.S. Ports Curb Air Pollution
The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Adopt Innovative Wireless Vehicle Tracking Solution to Reduce Truck-Related Emissions by up to 80 Percent
Los Angeles, California, Long Beach, California, January 21, 2009
AT&T Business Solutions and WebTech Wireless Inc. (TSX:WEW), a leading provider of location-based and fleet telematics services, have teamed up to help the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach improve air quality. Under the terms of the agreement, AT&T Business Solutions and WebTech will provide a wireless vehicle tracking and monitoring solution that supports the ports' Clean Trucks Program. The initial phase of the tracking system includes the installation of 600 WebTech Locators™ in new trucks and is available immediately to program applicants.
The technology and services from AT&T Business Solutions and WebTech comprise an innovative solution the ports are deploying in support of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Trucks Program, a major air-quality improvement program. The solution employs WebTech Locators, using GPS and General Packet Radio Service technology, to track newly replaced port drayage trucks equipped with low-emission engines. Supported by state funds and cargo fees, the ports are providing financial assistance for clean replacement trucks, with the requirement that truck owners use the vehicles only in California and work a minimum number of times in the ports.
The devices send vehicle location and diagnostics data over AT&T Mobility's wireless network to WebTech's Web-based Quadrant™ fleet-management system. Quadrant monitors miles driven within specified geographic boundaries (geo-fences) and data such as idling time and fuel consumption, which enables the ports to quantify the pollution avoided and determine the cost-effectiveness of the program.
The solution will facilitate the ability to have lower-emitting drayage trucks serve the ports and ensure that truck owners and operators comply with the requirements of the Clean Trucks Program. Additionally, the monitoring system facilitates compliance by participating trucks and employees with port security and public safety standards.
"This initiative reinforces our commitment to provide innovative solutions that enable our customers to increase efficiency and productivity while also reducing carbon emissions," said Denita Willoughby, vice president, AT&T External Affairs of the Greater Los Angeles area. "AT&T is proud to work with the cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach on this effort to help reduce emissions and improve air quality in the region."
Under the leadership of L.A. City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, the Clean Trucks Program is the centerpiece of the nation's most ambitious seaport air-pollution cleanup initiative, which banned 10 percent of port trucks — or 2,000 "dirty diesel" trucks in October 2008. By 2012, the program will ban and replace as many as 16,000 dirty diesel trucks serving the ports.
About Port of Los Angeles
The Port of Los Angeles, also known as "America's Port," has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy and the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves. A recipient of numerous environmental awards, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2007 Clean Air Excellence Award, the Port of Los Angeles is committed to innovating cleaner, greener ways of doing business. As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates 919,000 regional jobs and $39.1 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. A proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port is self-supporting and does not receive taxpayer dollars. The Port of Los Angeles - A cleaner port. A brighter future.
About Port of Long Beach
The Port of Long Beach is one of America's premier seaports, a trail blazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. Trade valued annually at more than $150 billion moves through Long Beach, including clothing, toys, shoes, furniture and consumer electronics. Goods movement at the Port supports more than 316,000 jobs in Southern California and many more jobs around the nation. With a Green Port Policy guiding efforts to minimize negative environmental impacts, the Port also is a catalyst for innovative environmental programs. Serving as a model for ports around the world, the Port of Long Beach pioneered Green Flag vessel speed reduction air quality program, Green Leases with environmental covenants, the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan and Clean Trucks Program.
About WebTech Wireless
WebTech Wireless Inc. (TSX:WEW) is a global Telematics, location-based services provider that develops, manufactures, and delivers turnkey wireless solutions designed to improve productivity and profitability. WebTech Wireless products include wireless hardware and software services running on cellular and satellite networks, and include Automatic Vehicle Location, Mapping, Reporting, Vehicle Diagnostics, Driver Status, In-vehicle Telemetry, Messaging, In-vehicle Navigation, and wireless application and Internet connectivity. WebTech Wireless is currently providing devices and services worldwide in eight languages to over forty-one countries covering five continents. WebTech Wireless' scalable solutions are used by a broad range of small, medium and Fortune 500 companies and by governments. For more information, please visit www.webtechwireless.com.
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