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March 09, 2005 12:30 ET

Seaboard/Harmac Transportation Group Implements PeopleNet's Onboard Computing System


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MARCH 9, 2005 - 12:30 ET

Seaboard/Harmac Transportation Group Implements
PeopleNet's Onboard Computing System

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario--(CCNMatthews - Mar 9, 2005) -

PeopleNet, the leading provider of onboard computing and mobile
communications systems to the transportation industry, today announced
that Seaboard/Harmac Transportation Group has implemented PeopleNet's
onboard computing and mobile communications system, becoming the first
petroleum transporter in Canada to do so.

The largest petroleum hauler in eastern Canada, Seaboard/Harmac is
comprised of two well-positioned, quality transport companies, Seaboard
Transport Group and Harmac Transportation Inc. Seaboard is a specialty
contract carrier in the petroleum, mining industries in Atlantic Canada,
whose capabilities include the transportation of liquid/food grade
products and dry bulk commodities, as well as the provision of extensive
materials handling services. Harmac is a prominent Ontario/Quebec-based
company that services the bulk liquid chemical/petroleum industry.

It is the petroleum and bulk lubricant divisions of Seaboard/Harmac that
have chosen to implement the PeopleNet solution. The units haul
gasoline, distillates, heavy fuel oil and asphalt as well as jet fuel,
marine fuel and industrial lubricants for all major oil companies from
the refinery to various customer outlets from Ontario to Newfoundland.

"The improved communication capabilities offered by PeopleNet gave us
the tools we needed to ensure that our drivers are equipped with the
knowledge and practical skills needed to provide efficient, dependable
delivery services," according to Bob MacQuarrie, General
Manager-Petroleum Operations. "

That's what the company's petroleum customers are looking for. "Our
automated dispatch system helps manage scheduled product and delivery
requirements, and is completely integrated with the PeopleNet in-cab
computer system," he explains, adding that all truck safety and
communications are managed through this system. "In our operation, one
of the most critical elements we provide our customers is notification
of pickups and delivery as well as live position updates."

Today, as customers place their orders, the information is automatically
entered into the company's dispatch system and sent automatically via
the PeopleNet system to the truck cab. In the past, the information was
transcribed to paper and relayed to drivers via phone lines - an
expensive, inaccurate and sometimes unsafe alternative. The addition of
the PeopleNet technology has allowed MacQuarrie to wean his drivers from
cell phones that were traditionally used in dispatch.

Automating the paperwork trail has another benefit - it allows the
company to better manage inventory for its customers. For instance,
customers pay for orders when they are placed, regardless of how much
product is actually delivered. Since shipment and customer data is
automatically reported both at the rack and at the customer's site, the
PeopleNet system allows for immediate billing corrections saving the
customer time and inconvenience.

Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, PeopleNet Canada is the
fastest-growing provider of Internet-based onboard computing and mobile
communications systems to the transportation industry, including
truckload, LTL, private, and service fleets. The company serves several
Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. and Canada and has signed more than
1,000 customers since our inception more than 11 years ago.

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