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Fedex rolls PowerPad to the ME

TRANSPORTATION company Fedex Express has expanded its wireless strategy to the Middle East.

The firm has announced that is has started deploying its FedEx PowerPad in the UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait.

The technology is already being rolled out across Europe as part of a global plan to deploy 50,000 devices to its couriers around the world by 2007.

The FedEx PowerPad, which uses Bluetooth wireless technology and a general packet radio service (GPRS) connectivity network, provides near real-time wireless access to the FedEx network, the company claimed.

The PowerPad enables couriers to send and receive information when away from their delivery vans. The device also helps dispatchers to schedule customer pickups faster and more efficiently, Fedex claimed.

The new technology replaces the current hand-held courier device used by the company’s employees, the FedEx Super- Tracker.

FedEx said the technology brings the total the firm would have invested in new wireless technology and service implementation over a five-year period to more than US$200million.

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