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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

FMS chooses Nigeria as continental hub

Remmy Nweke

NIGERIA has been singled out as the operational hub of a web-based Fleet Management Solutions (FMS-Panabiz), just as it launched services in Lagos.

Announcing this development, Director Operations for Africa at FMS-Panabiz, Mr. Sanjiv Dewan, said “Nigeria is the African hub,” even as the firm provides 100 per cent coverage of the continent via the satellite.

FMS, he said, offers its services through a combination of proven technologies such as Global Positioning System (GPS), two-way wireless via the Low Orbit Satellite or cellular technology, which is easy to use and web-based location mapping software.

Mr. Dewan also said this affords clients the ability to track vehicles, “day or night via our satellite tracking website.”

He explained that customers could locate vehicle’s present position, see the historical path and monitor its speed and direction with FMS systems.

“You can be notified of excessive speeds, or vehicle leaving constraints and regions, which could be set electronically to trigger an alarm,” he said.

The firm’s GPS, he said, facilitates improved customer service and increased productivity through asset location and recovery.

“What makes this possible is the onboard tracking and communication device, which is used in collecting data via the GPS and transmits all data to our partners server over the wireless data network,” Mr. Dewan said.

According to him, only the authorized users could assess the data on any Internet-enabled Personal Computer.

FMS-Panabiz web-based solution, he noted, offers unique utility and convenience, even as there would be no additional hardware and software required.

Pointing out that usually, the hardware comes in form of a modem and antenna that could be installed on a required asset like vehicles and ships to help in tracking, stressing that the installation would be completed within 45 minutes.

“Then, all it takes is Internet access with common web browsers,” he asserted.

Already, he said, FMS-Panabiz solution covers the nation and could deliver on the site report, as well as deployable for creation of landmarks of special locations.

He further said that the partnership between FMS and Panabiz in Nigeria was borne out of the desire to deliver dependable and affordable services to Nigerians.

Founded in 2002, FMS, a privately owned United States based firm is managed by seasoned professionals with the spirit of staying at least two years ahead of potential competition.

Currently, servicing 42 countries globally, FMS has network operation centre (NOC) that is capable of handling 500,000 simultaneous subscribers, and could be scalable to handle over 10 million.

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