Tool speeds info to vehicles

CellPort Labs Inc. has developed a tool for law enforcement agencies, ambulance corps and other groups that need to distribute information quickly and securely across a fleet of vehicles.

The CP2100 mobile network server supports two-way data communications between a vehicle-based unit and the Internet, a corporate network or an intranet. The system also provides data communications between vehicles.

The product eliminates a lot of the hassles associated with remote-access technology by simply turning a vehicle system into a node on the Internet, company officials said. Such an approach makes it easy to give vehicles access to centralized applications and to give central offices access to information on the vehicles.

Boulder, Colo.-based CellPort, a developer of wireless connectivity products for cellular phones, has been contacted by officials from law enforcement and other public-safety agencies that are looking to better monitor their fleet of vehicles, said Tom Kubancik, the company's director of business development.

The company is in discussions with several state transportation departments about using the technology to assist their emergency response vehicles on major highways. The product can be customized to monitor road temperature, air temperature and vehicle speeds. "Without any human interaction, the server grabs all the information and sends it back," he said. "It would allow the [transportation departments] to use their vehicles as probes."

The CP2100 is available directly from the company and starts at $995.

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