Jacksonville, FL., (April 4, 2000) - Landstar System, Inc., (NASDAQ: LSTR) a safety-first transportation services company, and PhoneOnline.com™, a leading wireless software development and professional services firm, today announced a strategic partnership to develop WAP-based wireless data solutions for Landstar's 8,000+ member business network. The companies will leverage Nokia's WAP-platform as the cornerstone of the new service.
Landstar, a recognized leader in developing cost-effective methods of freight information services, is the first transportation services company to announce plans to offer WAP-based wireless options for the transportation/logistics industry, according to industry sources.
"PhoneOnline.com approached us with both the idea of a wireless solution and a real-time model application demonstrating their capabilities," said Landstar Chief Information Officer Bob Luminati. "Their expertise in WAP-based applications and complementary knowledge of the transportation/logistics market forms a solid foundation to build this partnership-which we believe creates a win-win opportunity for our customers."
Landstar and PhoneOnline.com have agreed to use Nokia's WAP Server, which is an open software platform that enables connectivity to a company's information assets.
"We are pleased to have the Nokia WAP Server chosen as the WAP-platform," said Monica Hamilton, director global strategic partnership program, Nokia. "Our mission for the Nokia WAP Server is to create mobile software technology and solutions for corporations and service providers, such as Landstar and PhoneOnline.com, that can be customized to create complete end-to-end wireless data solutions."
Utilizing this technology, PhoneOnline.com will create an advantageous low-cost method to supply mission critical information used by truck operators to track loads and get messages, and to create additional revenue generating opportunities for Landstar.
"Landstar is a technology forerunner in the transportation/logistics industry," said PhoneOnline.com Vice President Scanlon Putegnat. "Their web-based initiatives have led to tremendous growth for their company and opportunities for all of their business partners. Teaming together in this wireless venture adds value to the services Landstar offers by increasing the market opportunities for their network of independent sales agents and business capacity owners."
The Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) is an open, global specification that empowers mobile users with wireless devices to easily access and interact with information and services instantly. For more information about WAP, please visit the WAP Forum Web site at http://www.wapforum.org.
Landstar System, Inc. is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. The Landstar carrier group comprised of Landstar Gemini, Inc., Landstar Inway, Inc., Landstar Ligon, Inc. and Landstar Ranger, Inc., delivers excellence in complete over-the-road transportation services. The Landstar multimodal group comprised of Landstar Express America, Inc. and Landstar Logistics, Inc., delivers excellence in expedited, contract logistics and intermodal transportation services. All Landstar operating companies are certified to ISO 9002 quality management system standards. For more information about Landstar, please visit their Web site at http://www.landstar.com.
Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, PhoneOnline.com is Making Information Mobile™ with software, services and solutions for the wireless mobile Internet. The company's product applications enable corporations to better leverage their existing information assets and allow consumers to manage personal and business information over the wireless Internet from the convenience of their browser-enabled wireless devices. For more information about PhoneOnline.com, please visit their Web site at http://www.phoneonline.com.
Nokia is paving the way to the mobile information society with its innovative products and solutions. The company is the leading mobile phone supplier and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed and IP networks, related services as well as multimedia terminals. In 1999, Nokia's net sales totaled EUR 19.8 billion (USD 19.9 billion). Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is listed on the New York (NOK), Helsinki, Stockholm, London, Frankfurt and Paris stock exchanges and employs more than 55,000 people.
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Landstar System, Inc.
Henry Gerkens, Executive Vice President, 904-398-9400
Robert Luminati, Chief Information Officer, 904-398-9400
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