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VisionStat Plus Integrated Obstacle Detection Sensor & Video System

Mobile Awareness, LLC, a provider of leading-edge transportation safety products, today announced VisionStat™ Plus, an extremely affordable and complete commercial-grade system to prevent backing accidents. VisionStat Plus offers an integrated version of their SenseStat™ Obstacle Detection Sensor System that connects directly with their wired VisionStat Camera System with no additional cabling required.

VisionStat Plus is an advanced safety solution which combines two technologies to aid in the prevention of costly backing accidents. Utilizing a leading-edge obstacle detection sensor system (SenseStat), which is displayed on a backing camera video monitor (VisionStat), the driver is provided both audible and visual information when an obstacle is detected in the rear of the vehicle. The combined features allow for visual confirmation via a CCD camera along with the distance and proximity from any of four (4) sensor zones – the driver sees the exact distance (accurate to 1-inch), to the closest object on the monitor.

SenseStat is the leading-edge obstacle detection system that monitors four 4 zones simultaneously indicating the area closest to an object or person. VisionStat is a rugged easily installable video system available with either a 5.6” or the 7” Color LCD Monitor which is configurable with up to four (4) infrared night vision CCD cameras. VisionStat Plus is the extremely cost-effective result of integrating the SenseStat™ Obstacle Detection Sensor System directly into the VisionStat Camera System with no additional wiring required.

“Mobile Awareness continues to see an increasing demand among fleets for more flexible, effective and affordable safety systems” says Brandon Stotsenburg, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Mobile Awareness. “By developing VisionStat Plus we continue our commitment to provide easy-to-install, cost-effective and technically advanced solutions for enhanced vehicle safety.”

In the past, customers would choose between two of the most common blind spot monitoring methods, a backing camera or an obstacle detection system. While each has important advantages, the cost of purchasing and installing two different systems was often prohibitive. By offering an integrated version, the combined safety effects of a VisionStat camera (visual) “Plus” the object detection of a SenseStat sensor (audible alarm) are realized at cost (starting at $675.00) often below other rugged camera systems alone. VisionStat Plus is ideal for all types of single unit vehicle fleets in urban areas where backing safety is often stressed.

Stotsenburg concludes, “There are many advantages to utilizing active backing sensor technology with a reversing camera system. One of the most critical being when the driver is not viewing the video monitor, the audio from the sensor system can bring attention to an unforeseen object or individual behind their vehicle. Ultimately, this added driver awareness will reduce costs and backing accidents.”

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Europcar, Mannequins, False Legs And The Back End Of A Horse

Europcar hires out thousands of vehicles daily, so it is not surprising that a survey of its branches revealed some strange excuses for damage and late return as well as some rather unusual items of lost property.

While the Europcar survey revealed some surprising results, perhaps one of the most amusing was supplied by a car hire customer who got more than he bargained for while he waited for a horse to pass on a country lane, after the horse decided to take a rest on the bonnet. The driver watched in horror as a horse, complete with rider in tow, slowly backed onto the car as a vehicle on the opposite side passed in a narrow country lane.

Another unusual animal encounter was reported when Europcar staff at the Newport car hire branch noticed a large chunk was missing from the bumper of one of their cars. The customer explained they had visited Longleat Safari Park and driven through the lion’s enclosure where a lion had taken off a part of the bumper with his claws.

The survey also showed that while sunglasses, CDs, mobile phones and keys are among the most common items left in Europcar’s vehicles, sometimes stranger items can also turn up – ranging from items like a mannequin, to 50 fluorescent light bulbs, and a Scottish Piper’s black ostrich hat. As well as these strange items, Europcar’s customers have also been known to leave more valuable goods. One customer left £1000 worth of designer clothes in the boot of a car.

Derby car hire customer nearly lost their cool when they were hit by a van driver from behind. When Europcar’s staff asked why he had driven into her, she explained that he’d been distracted by the ice cream he was eating flying onto his seat.

Catriona Lougher, Marketing Director for Europcar commented, “There’s never a dull day in the life of a hire car as some of these stories and items of lost property reveal. Our staff are always professional and understanding no matter what the reason for late return or damage and often go to great pains to reunite lost and forgotten property with their rightful owners.”

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Mobile Awareness, LLC Announced The SE (Sensor Enhancement) Version Of Their SenseStat™ Obstacle Detection Sensor System Family

Mobile Awareness, LLC, a provider of leading-edge transportation safety products today announced the SE (Sensor Enhancement) version of their SenseStat™ Obstacle Detection Sensor System family – the pioneering brand for preventing backing accidents on commercial vehicles.

SenseStat is an innovative Obstacle Detection Sensor System that simultaneously monitors 4-zones at the rear of a vehicle indicating the area closest to an object. It is extremely accurate (within one inch), highly affordable and intended for use on Commercial, Off-Road, Lift Truck and Construction Vehicles. The SenseStat SE version is a new design improvement which maximizes protection of the sensors, while providing greater mounting flexibility and reliability. These features found on the SE version are further enhanced by a full 3 year limited warranty.

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Installation of SenseStat SE is easy and adaptable to most vehicle configurations, helping to assure the highest performance in rear blind spot detection. The ruggedized mount maximizes performance in harsh environments enhancing both durability and sensor protection. The SenseStat SE can be mounted directly to the vehicle vertically or horizontally, providing a level plane for optimum sensor positioning.

“Mobile Awareness continues to see an increasing demand among commercial fleets for more cost effective and easily installed safety systems” says Brandon Stotsenburg, Director of Sales & Marketing at Mobile Awareness. “To that end, we continue to focus on new product development that offers a lower total cost of ownership such as the SenseStat SE.”

The current models available in the SE version are the Wireless (MA-ODSS-4M17W-SE), Wired Truck & Trailer (MA-ODSS-4M17TT-SE) and the Wired Box Truck (MA-ODSS–4M17BT-SE). Common among them are the ability to simultaneously monitors four (4) zones in real-time, an LED display which indicates the direction or location of an obstacle or person, display blanking until reverse gear is engaged and a unique stop-line adjustment feature. All systems are easily installed in less than 1-hour on most vehicles and include a laminated User Guide (safety instruction card) for easy driver education & reference.

Stotsenburg concludes, “With an estimated installed cost of less than $500 on most vehicles, SenseStat SE provides an impressive ROI for organizations who wish to significantly reduce costs and enhance safety in backing environments.”

About Mobile Awareness
Cleveland, Ohio based Mobile Awareness, LLC™ designs and markets leading-edge, affordable transportation safety products. The company provides integrated accident prevention solutions for commercial transportation professionals with its VisionStat™ Wired & Wireless Vehicle Camera Systems, TireStat™ Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) and SenseStat™ Wired & Wireless Obstacle Detection Sensor Systems. For more information, please contact Mobile Awareness, Toll Free: 866-653-5036 or visit www.MobileAwareness.com. Mobile Awareness…Reducing the Total Cost of Safety™

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Established Miami Limousine Operator Expands Fleet

Having established its rapport through years, A2Z Limousine, a Miami based ground transportation limousine rental service announces a grand expansion its limo fleet. A2Z Limo’s Miami limo, Fort Lauderdale Limo and West Palm Beach Limousine services in Dade, Broward and South Florida are most trusted ground transportation services.

The Ford Excursion Stretch Limo - just one of our fine limos in our Miami Limo, Fort Lauderdale Limo and West Palm Beach Limo Service.“Time is money. So why should executives waste productive time waiting in line for rental cars, taxi cabs, or airport shuttles, then trying to find their way to meetings and searching for parking?” says A2Z Limousine spokesman, “With our Miami LimousineFort Lauderdale Limousine and West Palm Beach Limousine Service, you can conduct business and relax while your personal chauffeur takes you safely and comfortably to your destination in our fine quality limos. Using our limousine service, will help you turn non-productive time into productive time.”

Top quality limo service is exactly what customer will receive when choosing A2Z’s limousines and service for his or her transportation needs. A 2 Z Limousine has long been making travel comfortable and convenient for their clients. Businesses, locals and travelers all can take advantage of A2Z Limo’s Miami Limo and Fort Lauderdales Limo services. Their professional chauffeurs have impeccable timing, ensuring their clients will arrive at their destination relaxed and on time.

A2Z Limousine’s fleet included Sedan Town Car, Executive SUV, Stretch Limousine, SUV Excursion Limousine, H2 Hummer Limousine, Vans, Mini Buses or Motor Coach Buses for airport transportation in Miami, Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach. They also offer all-day limo rentals, weekly limousine rentals and more. Regular daily limo service can also be scheduled.

A 2 Z Limousine has the perfect vehicles to satisfy needs of their clients; for those who simply want a “Night on the Town,” a “Romantic Evening,” or to ride in style to a concert or sporting event at one of South Florida’s stadiums/arenas. Arriving in A2Z limos means arriving in Miami style.

A 2 Z Limousine service is available 24 hours, 7 days a week, for all limo transportation service needs. A2Z encourages the customers to call their direct line: (954) 792-2005, or call Toll-Free 1-877-Ride-A2Z (1-877-743-3229) to speak with a live agent. Their agents are determined to help customers with any questions, and can take reservations. A 2 Z Limousine Believes in Starting with Perfection and Ending in Satisfaction.

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Integrity Group US Names Distributor for 3 Commercial Vehicle Safety Products

Integrity Group US has been named by Mobile Awareness, LLC™ as a national distributor for three safety products aimed at commercial vehicle fleet operators at airports, the parking industry, health care facilities, hotels/resorts, car rental agencies and universities.

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The three products — TireStat™ TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system), VisionStat™ Camera Systems, and SenseStat™ Obstacle Detection Sensor System, – are designed to improve overall driving safety, while reducing costs.

“The tire monitoring product gives critical data concerning the vehicle’s tire pressure and temperature,” said Jim Newell, Director of Product Sales for Integrity Group US,” while the other two high-tech products make it easier for drivers to monitor through cameras or sensors the areas beside and behind the truck, van or bus as it backs up.”

TireStat TPMS The TireStat TPMS detects overheated, under-inflated, over-inflated and rapid leaking tires before a tire incident occurs. The TireStat sensors install directly on the tire valve stems and transmit the actual tire pressure and temperature to the display wirelessly. Alert levels are easy to set for both pressure and temperature for each tire. The sensors have an anti-theft feature and air can be added without removing the sensors.

“Properly inflated tires increase overall fuel economy, as well as enhance fleet safety,” Newell stated. He explained that a 20 percent under-inflated tire reduces tire life by approximately 25 percent. “This costs money,” he said, “but more importantly, it could lead to possible tire failure and a serious accident.” “The return on investment for adding TireStat TPMS to fleet vehicles could be as quick as 10 months, when you consider the fuel cost savings, tire maintenance/wear costs, reduced downtime, reduced liability/accidents and reduced vehicle wear,” Newell said.

VisionStat Camera Systems The VisionStat Camera Systems can help limit financial loss and legal liability by monitoring and recording events in and around a vehicle and eliminating blind spots to help prevent costly backup accidents.

The color camera system can be configured with up to four infrared night vision CCD cameras for front, side and rear mounting, available in wired or wireless setups. The quality cameras are easy to install, waterproof, rugged in construction and cost effective.

The 5.6” or 7.0” monitor includes built-in controls, automatic turn-signal or reverse views, switching with the direction (“backward,” “left,” or “right”) displayed on the monitor. The cameras are audio enabled so the driver can hear around as well as see around blind spot areas.

SenseStat Obstacle Detection Sensor System The SenseStat Obstacle Detection Sensor System is designed for commercial trucks with trailers, utility vehicles, and buses. The wired or wireless system is activated automatically when reverse gear is engaged. Drivers are alerted to objects behind their vehicles with both an audible and visual indicator (LED display) on the dash-mounted Warning Display Unit.

The four waterproof sensors are easily mounted on the rear of the truck or trailer. All zones are simultaneously displayed in real time, indicating the area closest to an object within one inch.

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Aeris Deploys Applications Of Vehicle Telematics

Aeris® Communications, the leading wireless communications service provider dedicated exclusively to the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and telematics marketplace across North America, today announced the company has added an article exploring commercial vehicle telematics to its website.

The article provides an overview of commercial vehicle telematics, a system that utilizes wireless communication to manage remote assets such as vehicles, equipment and personnel. The full article is available for download at http://www.aeris.net/articles/commercial-vehicle-telematics.html

When implemented, commercial vehicle telematics can monitor automotive navigation systems, driver behavior, engine statistics, traffic and road conditions, and provide safety and security measures.

The article also includes an overview of practical applications of commercial vehicle telematics such as:

• Computerized Maintenance & Remote Vehicle Diagnostics
• Vehicle Tracking and other location-based services
• Remote Fleet and Asset Management
• Loss Prevention
• Hands-Free Feature Functionality
• Cold-Store Freight Monitoring

Commercial vehicle telematics provide an extremely useful, cost-saving, and liability limiting, logistics management tool for commercial fleets that transport goods or people.


About Aeris Communications, Inc.
Aeris® is the leading wireless communications service provider dedicated exclusively to the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Telematics marketplace across North America. Aeris has assembled and seamlessly integrated its top tier carrier partner networks through
AerFrame™ to provide customers with simplified, unified, reliable, and even customized network services for M2M and Telematics applications. Since 1992, Aeris has provided value to vehicle telematics customers by lowering the costs associated with development, manufacturing, distribution and operations, all with higher quality of service throughout the vehicle lifecycle. For more information, please visit aeris.net or call 1-888-GO-AERIS.

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Cost savings remains the common language of fleet decision makers, but buying decisions are driven by different cultural behaviours, says new global research from Masterlease

Despite political and business pressure, the environment is still not a major factor for fleet decision-makers across the world when looking at strategic vehicle procurement, according to the latest research from international fleet management company Masterlease.

In fact saving money remains the common language of international fleet management across the globe, although the Italians (53%) and the Polish (33%) are more turned on to technology while the UK (2%) and the Dutch (4%) are surprisingly gadget shy, in terms of influencing the buying process, the survey of 2,600 fleet decision-makers revealed.

Almost 60% of Belgians put safety near the top of their list of issues concerning fleet management, while surprisingly, the Austrians (2%) and the Germans (5%) came bottom of the list of countries driven to improve risk in their fleet strategies. Decision makers in Portugal also put risk high on the agenda (43%), with their counterparts in the UK (27%) coming in behind Greece (32%) in terms of their risk focus.

With just 1% putting the environment as a priority, the Greeks and the Mexicans appear to be the least ‘green’, while at 16%, the UK decision-makers come out as championing the eco-cause, although this is still a relatively low priority compared to employee satisfaction which the UK’s managers scored at 34%.

In fact, the environment was regarded as a low priority amongst almost all of those surveyed despite it being currently so high on the political and business agendas around the world.

Masterlease conducted the survey in Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the UK, to discover decision-making drivers across 13 of the 17 countries in which it operates.

At 50%, the overall global findings put cost savings as the main concern for fleet managers, with risk coming in as a second priority. The ability to keep the vehicles on the road was the third most important priority with environmental concerns coming down the list with just 6%.

But the survey revealed some interesting country-by-country variations. More than half of the Italian sample (53%) put technology issues as high on their list with cost savings coming in joint second alongside keeping the vehicle on the road.

The Italians also put employee satisfaction as an important issue (37%) while it figured with only 5% of those in the German sample.

“The findings show a lot of expected commonality in terms of the cost saving issue, but the low rating of environmental concerns was a surprising discovery considering the importance being placed on C02-based tax initiatives around the world,” said Nick Brownrigg, CEO of Masterlease Group. “It is a fallacy that saving the environment and saving money are mutually exclusive. Reducing C02 emissions and costs are two sides of the same coin which is a message we are trying to get across to our international customers.”

He concluded, “Employee satisfaction and risk issues also provided some interesting cultural and geographical variations which went beyond typical stereotyping and provide fuel for thought for lease companies such as Masterlease who need to understand the business imperatives of both global and domestic procurement departments. This is part of our global strategy of thinking globally and acting locally”.

About Masterlease Group
Masterlease is one of the fastest growing funding and fleet management companies in Europe, offering business to business all makes full service vehicle leasing.

Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Masterlease operates in a total of 17 countries across the globe: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

With 15 operations in Europe and plans to expand into other countries, its strong geographic presence and consistent branding enables Masterlease to offer a cohesive service across the Continent. The company manages around 210,000 vehicles.

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easyVan.com, the low cost van rental service from easyCar, is working with Sign*A*Rama Northampton to brand its vans

easyVan, the low cost van rental service from easyCar that provides van hire from more than 120 convenient locations throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, has been working with Sign*A*Rama Northampton to brand 80 Mercedes Vito vans for easyVan.com.

The vans feature vinyl graphics in easyVan’s eye catching orange livery. All the graphics were prepared at the Northampton store before being applied at a transit centre in Tilbury Docks.

The vinyl used for the project was supplied by Doro Tape Ltd from Ritrama’s L100 range. Of the 33 colours in the range, the orange proved to be the perfect match for the easyVan insignia. Doro Tape Ltd was also able to work within the extremely tight supply deadline for the project.

Mike Cook, from Sign*A*Rama Northampton says:

“The biggest challenge with this project was logistics. We had just two days to fit all 80 rental vans whilst at the dockside location before their distribution to depots countrywide. Our solution was to prepare the graphics in advance, and then a team of six of us worked systematically to apply the graphics to half a dozen vans at a time, until the project was completed.”

The branding was a complete success as easyVan’s Marketing Director John Sinke comments:

”We are delighted with the way in which Sign*A*Rama Northampton rose to the challenges posed by this project. We had an extremely tight deadline which they met and all 80 vans are now in service with Northgate plc, easyVan’s partner and main supplier.”

easyVan.com is the new low cost van hire service from Stelios and easy.com. Born from the rapid expansion of easyCar.com, easyVan.com focus solely on delivering value for van rental throughout the UK. The easyVan offering is working in partnership with Northgate plc, the UK’s largest van leasing and hire company.

easyVan is one of several easyGroup companies founded by Greek entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou. The easyGroup includes several well known companies such as easyJet, easyInternetcafe, easyCar, easyPizza, easyJobs and easyMusic amongst others.

About easyVan
easyVan is a low cost van rental partnership between Northgate plc and easyCar providing van hire from more than 120 convenient locations throughout the United Kingdom, including England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. They provide a large range of vans which are ideal for moving house or making large deliveries.

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Continental First Federal becomes a major competitor to most banks and other lending institutions by offering better rates and terms to the Logistics Market

Continental First Federal, a National Lender, becomes a major competitor to most banks and other lending institutions by offering better rates and terms to the Logistics Market.

With over a decade of financing logistic vehicles across America and other equipment such as construction, excavating, logging, paving, etc. Continental First Federal is becoming recognized as a major competitor when it comes to matching rates and terms on financing any commercial equipment including municipal financing rates, which are currently being quoted at 4.14% for most cities and counties seeking financing on their equipment acquisitions. Their company motto is: “Let CFF Help You Grow Your Business”, as quoted by their Sr. VP.

The company can be contacted by calling toll free at: 1-800-998-8997

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