October 1, 2016 7:00 PM, EDT

Zonar Introduces Next-Generation Tablet

Larry Jordan by John Sommers II for TT
LAS VEGAS — Zonar Systems introduced Zonar Connect, the telematics provider’s next-generation “smart fleet” tablet.

The rugged, Android-based device provides electronic driver logs, electronic verified inspection reporting and a variety of other apps to support compliance, safety and efficiency.

The tablet is “always connected,” whether it is docked or in the driver’s hand outside the cab, said Larry Jordan, senior vice president of product management.

The device features LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as RFID and near-field communication capabilities, he said during a press conference here at American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition.

Zonar built the tablet with a ruggedized hardware design to withstand the rigors of a trucking operation, Jordan said.

Zonar CEO and co-founder Brett Brinton said Connect enables small carriers to deploy “the latest generation technology right out of the box,” while also providing the flexibility to large fleets with proprietary systems to develop their own apps for the device.

Connect is the successor to Zonar’s 2020 tablet.