CTech Manufacturing recently added more options to their suite of of lightweight aluminum tactical storage cabinets for public-safety vehicles. The new Trooper series models are specifically designed for mid-size Ford Interceptors and have one or two drawers. CTech’s popular CopBox and ChiefBox (red powdercoat) models are available with several different sizes.
The M40-301 Metro CopBox is a “one-size-fits-all” and available for immediate shipment. The locking flip lid opens to a secure wide open space for flexible storage needs. The cabinet is 12 inches high and does not block the view out of the rear of the vehicle.
The cabinets can be removed and transferred to the next model vehicle making them a good investment. And…recent manufacturing improvements and strong sales have resulted in big price reductions. Click on the chart below to zoom.
As a CTech authorized dealer we can also provide carts, fixed cabinets, and tool drawers too. Contact our Dover, Delaware office to discuss the best storage solution for you. Our phone number is 302-734-9250 (M-F 8-5pm EST) or use the form below.
Nationwide Fulfillment Partner for Master Agreement AR3189
DOVER, DE October 28, 2019
Magnum Electronics, Inc., located in Dover, Delaware and a leader in wireless communications technology has been selected by Cradlepoint to fulfill orders nationwide under NASPO Valuepoint Master Agreement AR3189. Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered LTE and 5G Ready wireless network edge solutions was recently awarded a five-year NASPO ValuePoint Data Communications Products & Services contract for its NetCloud Service platform and edge router solutions.
The NASPO Valuepoint agreement allows easy access to Cradlepoint’s software-driven wireless WAN and network solutions for public sector entities in all 50 states. Magnum Electronics is authorized to provide quotes with contract pricing, invoice, and receive payments to all eligible public sector entities.
“The NASPO Valuepoint Master Agreement will make it convenient for our government customers to purchase Cradlepoint solutions”, said Mike Ridenour, who leads the wireless network business unit for Magnum Electronics. “We are proud to be selected by Cradlepoint for this added responsibility and supporting customers nationwide.”
About Magnum Electronics, Inc
Magnum Electronics is a wireless communications integrator, technical service center, GPS fleet management, and managed services provider supporting mobile workers in government and enterprise. The company has distribution agreements with Motorola Solutions, Cradlepoint, Panasonic, Avigilon, Federal Signal, and many other high quality suppliers. Magnum Electronics is a State of Delaware contract holder for upfit installation services, communications devices, and emergency vehicle lighting. Learn more at magnumelectronics.com, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Cradlepoint is a global leader in cloud-delivered wireless edge solutions for branch, mobile, and IoT networks. The Cradlepoint NetCloud service – based on the Elastic Edge™ architecture – delivers an agile, pervasive, and software-defined wireless edge that connects people, places and things everywhere over LTE and 5G cellular networks with resiliency, security, and control.
About NASPO ValuePoint
The NASPO ValuePoint Cooperative Purchasing Organization (formerly WSCA-NASPO) provides the highest standard of excellence in public cooperative contracting. By leveraging the leadership and expertise of all states with the purchasing power of their public entities, NASPO ValuePoint delivers best value, reliable, competitively sourced contracts. Since 1992 NASPO ValuePoint has been the cooperative purchasing arm of NASPO (the National Association of State Procurement Officials) encouraging, fostering and guiding the nation’s most significant public contract cooperative.
Our latest Magnum AVL web interface upgrade 32.01 offers improvements for both desktop and mobile device users. The new software download is automatic when you log-in with your desktop, tablet, or smartphone. Desktop users can check the UI version in the top right corner and mobile users will see it when they click on the “Account” button. Take note of the “Messages” link – this announcement, status updates, and other important news items are posted here.
Summary of Magnum AVL User Interface Improvements
New “Stops” View button with Daily Summary – click the new “Stops” button and see a condensed summary of the day for the vehicle selected. This new view captures and summarizes events in a vehicle’s trips and shows: Stops | Moves | Idles.
Events are now color-coded
Duration and distance columns added
Improved “Locations” View – key events have been color-coded and certain events have a duration column
There are short demo videos showing the changes posted in your “Messages” page too. Or you can watch them at the links below.
Our website has been upgraded to improve internet security for our Magnum AVL Fleet Management customers. The upgrade eliminates the Google Chrome Browser non-secure warning, adds encryption, and shows a lock in the browser address bar as shown below.
To connect to the secure server, enter https://avl.magnumelectronics.com in your browser address bar (or click on the link).. You should connect to the login page with a padlock icon to the left of the url address.
Enter your login info and save as a bookmark or add to your home screen if using a smartphone. This should save your login info and provide a secure one-click link to your Magnum AVL fleet management account.
You may have heard excessive speeding can reduce fuel economy but few of us know how much it costs. We found some useful information compiled from DOE data.
Your vehicle’s fuel mileage decreases once it exceeds optimal speed. For most vehicles, this is happens at about 55 mph. Every time you go over this speed, you’re wasting fuel and money. A slight decrease in your highway driving speed can significantly reduce your fuel consumption.
Impact on Fleet Fuel Efficiency When Exceeding 55 MPH per DOE
According to studies backed by the DOE, the average fleet vehicle will be at its advertised peak efficiency MPG at 55 mph. As speed increases you can lose up to 28% of fuel efficiency when traveling at highway speeds.
The impact for every 5 mph increase is shown below:
3% less efficient at 60 mph
8% less efficient at 65 mph
17% less efficient at 70 mph
23% less efficient at 75 mph
28% less efficient at 80 mph
Magnum AVL Speed Reporting and Alerts Provide Driver Coaching
Our Magnum AVL GPS fleet management system has two types of speed alerts. The first is a high speed alert. Set the threshold at, for example, 70 mph and if a driver exceeds that threshold you can be notified (or get a daily report of all violations).
The second alert is “posted speed” alert. Set this alert to be triggered if a driver exceeds 12 mph over ANY posted speed limit on any road. Alerts can be sent to your email or phone but you may want to have a daily or weekly report sent to you showing all violations with exact time and location.
Here are short videos explaining how to setup alerts and reports to coach your drivers. Provide recognition to those with the least violations and watch your fuel bill drop next month.
Contact Anthony at our Dover office (302-734-9250 8-5pm EST) for more information and a demonstration. Our low cost wired and plug-in trackers can be purchased, leased, or rented without a long-term contract.
If you have storage trailers or construction equipment scattered across the state or job sites, it can be difficult to keep track of their location. It can be a time-consuming process to find them resulting in wasted labor hours, lost revenue, and equipment write-offs.
Magnum AVL Battery-Operated GPS Asset Tracker
The enhanced Magnum AVL 660-BAT is designed for mounting on the top of your equipment with four screws. There are no wires or external antennas and the internal battery will last 3-4 years. The rugged design is rated IP67 for outdoor use and it can be painted to match your equipment. It uses the Verizon Wireless cellular data network and includes a sensitive GPS receiver for location based tracking. It is only about 10 inches long and 2.5 inches high and weighs 25 oz including the battery.
Track Your Assets Using Web Based Google Maps
Track your assets from any computer or smartphone using Google Maps with the Magnum AVL web interface. Satellite, and street views make it easy to locate your equipment. The control panel shows all your assets and their location. You can also track your vehicles on the same map. Assets can be grouped, edited, and assigned different icons for easy viewing. Your history is stored online for 18 months or set up automatic reports that can be printed or emailed at regular intervals.
Low Cost Automatic Daily Updates Every 12 Hours
The 660-BAT sleeps between updates to conserve battery life. It automatically reports map location with address every 12 hours. The time is of day is set by removing a magnet to start the 12 hour cycle.
Asset Management with a Quick ROI
Considering today’s labor and fuel costs, the investment in Magnum AVL GPS tracking is quickly recovered. The 660-BAT including the service plan based on a 3 year lifespan is about 50 cents per day. Keeping a work crew waiting can be hundreds or thousands in extra costs.
The International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) requires fleet owners with vehicles over 26,000 lbs. to file a quarterly report documenting mileage for each state jurisdiction. Detailed distance data that shows operations with individual vehicle mileage records (IVMR) must be maintained for at least 4 years in case of a state audit.
Magnum AVL Fleet Management Helps Simplify IFTA Reporting
Magnum AVL fleet management has 20+ web based reports that can be viewed on your computer, exported in csv format to Excel, or saved and printed as a .pdf file. Two of the reports help with IFTA reporting.
Start by Tracking Mileage Using the State Distance Report
The “State Distance” report captures mileage by state for each vehicle, group, or your entire fleet. If only some of your vehicles require IFTA reports, we recommend you set up a group in Magnum AVL for simpler reporting.
Choose any time frame during the previous 12 months or set it up to automatically email the report to your tax accountant.
Many GPS fleet tracking systems provide state mileage reports but that is not enough information if you receive an audit letter from your state. Trip origin, destination, AND route of travel is also a requirement. The Trip Events Report should provide the needed info.
Trip Events Report Provides Trip Origin, Destination, and Routes
The Trip Events Report is a powerful report that can take several minutes depending on your fleet size and the time period requested. We recommend you choose to email the report and not wait for it online.
Maintain Quarterly IFTA Backup Data for a Period of Four Years
You should email the reports to a secure server or backup your data so it is available in case of an audit. Magnum AVL server data is guaranteed to be available for report generation for 18 months.
Our new Magnum AVL Enhanced GPS Fleet and Asset Tracking provides 60 second updating at $19.95 per month. Upgraded GPS devices use the Verizon nationwide network and provide more data to manage your fleet. Our web based user interface includes new features and powerful reports. This article contains videos to learn how to use Magnum AVL.
After logging in to Magnum AVL fleet management, the interface shows the list of vehicles and/or assets on the left with the map on the right. There are 5 navigation buttons at the top – Dispatch, Dashboard, Reports, Data/Admin, and Alerts. The links below explain each section in detail.
Magnum AVL device pricing and all of our service plans are available for purchase at our online store. We also can help answer question or provide a demonstration by calling our Dover, Delaware office at 302-734-9250 weekdays 8-5pm EST.
One of the new mobile radio accessories that got our attention at IWCE this year was a magnetic palm microphone holder. It replaces the standard clip used by Motorola, Vertex Standard, Harris, Kenwood, Icom, and others. The powerful magnet pulls the palm microphone toward the base and supports scan, DPL, tone coded squelch, etc.
The MMSU-1 Magnetic Mic Holder from Innovative Products in Knoxville, TN comes individually boxed. Everything you need is in the box including stainless steel screws, stainless lock nuts, grounding screw, instructions, and hex wrench.
Perfect for Public Safety Personnel and Public Works Drivers
Police, fire, and ems drivers will keep their eyes on the road responding to emergencies. All fleet owners will benefit from decreased driver distraction and improved safety. The magnetic mic holder is a nice addition for the Astron integrated base station power supplies too.
GPS device technology has improved significantly since our Magnum AVL fleet management products were introduced in 2010. Cellular tower infrastructure changes require the replacement of some older trackers this year. We feel now is a good time to upgrade our product offering with new software features, faster updates, and the latest state-of-the-art hardware.
All of our new GPS devices have a backup battery that provides continuous tracking for almost an hour if power is lost. It will also show disconnect and reconnect alerts along with location data while unplugged. The new units also provide alerts for hard braking, acceleration, and direction changes.
Our new units update every 60 seconds plus every direction change providing significantly more data and improved accuracy. Alerts tied to exceeding posted speed of the road are now standard. Our new trackers use the Verizon Wireless network exclusively. Another improvement is a lifetime warranty on the tracker (except the backup battery) as long as the unit’s service plan is current.
Our new hardware is compatible with future driver log requirements, plug-in ECM cables, and other planned software enhancements.
Choice of AVL Fleet and Asset Trackers
We will continue to offer a choice of trackers depending on your requirements. Our 700-3W is wired to 12V DC, ground, and ignition. The wiring harness is compatible with 90% of our existing trackers for easy replacement. It has internal antennas, PTO sensor inputs, and the capability for future enhancements.
Our new 195-PNP plugs into the OBD-II port under the steering wheel of most cars, vans, and pickup trucks. It requires no installation and can be moved easily. For permanent installations an optional Y cable is available that hides the unit in the dashboard and provides an open OBD-II port for service.
For special applications we have GPS devices that track bobcats, pavers, trailers, and other equipment with a 12V DC power source. These units track less frequently - 10 or 30 minute updates when moving or daily when stationary. Battery backup will alert and track if stolen. We also have battery powered trackers that update every 12 hours for assets without a power source.
Major User Interface Upgrade With Advanced Features
The Amazon Cloud based user interface has been upgraded to provide advanced features and more alerts. All desktop functions can now be done from your smartphone. We continue to use Google Maps with satellite, traffic, and street views.
Maps are easy to customize with landmarks, geofences, and custom icons. Our software generates 20+ management reports for vehicles, groups, or your entire fleet. State mileage reports for IFTA class vehicles are supported.
Our data is stored in the cloud for 12 months for easy access. All reports can be automatically generated and emailed to multiple recipients. You can print reports, download to a spreadsheet, or save to a .pdf file.
New Lower Magnum AVL Service Plan Pricing
Our 1 minute update service plan is priced at $19.95 per month per vehicle. This is almost half the price of our competitors and we do not require a long term contract. We also offer a seasonal suspend plan to help with cash flow when not working.
Our lower cost 10 and 30 minute update service plans are available for our 460-EQ asset and 360-TT trailer trackers. Accountabilty of bobcats, pavers, and other job site equipment is easy when they are on the same map as your vehicles. For mobile assets without a power our 660-BAT battery-operated tracker will update every 12 hours.
The new enhanced hardware is not compatible with our existing legacy software. Magnum AVL customers and competitive users with a current contract qualify for FREE or discounted hardware pricing. Most customers will get faster updates at a reduced monthly fee by upgrading their devices.
We also have a 6 month rental program if you want to try GPS fleet management without a long term commitment. For a demonstration or if you have additional questions call our office at 302-734-9250 M-F 8-5pm EST or fill out the form below.