February 12, 2007 8:30 AM, EST

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UniGroup Chooses TMW for Cellphone Communications

Transportation software provider TMW Systems said Thursday that UniGroup Inc. had licensed TMW’s D2Link software for about 3,000 of its drivers’ cellular telephones.D2Link turns wireless phones running Java into communications units to connect with company dispatch systems, TMW said.“We determined that a Java-enabled cell phone running an order management software application was most desirable,” said Gene Elkins, UniGroup’s vice-president of operations support.UniGroup, the parent company of United Van Lines, Mayflower Transit and other transportation-related subsidiaries, is ranked No. 15 on the Transport Topics 100 listing of U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers. Transport Topics

Corning Sees Growth in Diesel-Filters Unit

Corning Inc., which makes diesel particulate filters, sees its biggest growth opportunity in selling filters that to help trucks meet new U.S. emissions standards, Bloomberg reported Friday.Sales in Corning’s diesel technologies business will more than triple to as much as $600 million a year by 2010, Corning’s Thomas Hinman told investors in New York, Bloomberg said.The unit recorded 2006 revenue of $164 million, amounting to 3.2% of Corning’s total sales, Bloomberg reported.Corning expects engine makers such as Cummins Inc. and Caterpillar Inc. to buy its filters after the federal government in January implemented rules requiring heavy-duty vehicles to meet new air quality standards. Bloomberg said. Transport Topics

Xata’s First-Quarter Loss Narrows

Transportation technology firm Xata Corp. reported it lost $695,000 in its fiscal first quarter, compared with an $844,000 loss in the previous first quarter.Net sales for the quarter ended Dec. 31 rose to $7.8 million from $6.4 million a year earlier, the company said in a statement Wednesday.The sales growth was due to increased sales of the company’s Xatanet system, which make up 74% of net sales, compared with 48% in the previous first quarter.“We are very pleased with the results of the first quarter as we closed the quarter with over 520 customers using our solutions,” Jay Coughlan, XATA’s chairman and chief executive officer said in a statement. “The demand for our solutions grows each quarter as our customers continue to focus on cost and compliance issues.” Transport Topics

Intermec Postpones 4Q Earnings Release

Supply chain technology provider Intermec said it would postpone its fourth-quarter earnings report in order to complete accounting procedures.The Everett, Wash., company “will reschedule its earnings release shortly,” it said in a statement late Wednesday.Intermec’s technologies include radio frequency identification, mobile computing and data collection systems, bar code printers and label media. Transport TopicsPrevious Technology Briefs