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Year of Introduction

1999

Hard Drive

Faster processor

Memory of 6.5 megabytes

Development

Developed at the urging of the Ken Lacy, UPS’s Chief Information Officer.

Manufactured by Motorolla, Inc. in Schaumburg, IL

Design Adjustments

A global keyboard that glowed in the dark.

It was the introduction of modular architecture.  

This allowed UPS to change individual components based on need or desire.  

It gave UPS much more flexibility than they had with any of the previous DIADs.

Improvements

Capable of capturing and transmitting real time delivery information in three ways.

Through an internal packet data radio.

By way of an in-vehicle cellular service.

Through a “built-in automatic dialer for traditional telephone transmission.”

Enabled two way communication away from the vehicle.

Allowed drivers more freedom and by not making them return to the vehicle every time they had wanted to upload or download information to or from the server.  

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