Press Release

 

@Road® Awarded Two New Patents for Applying Business Rules to GPS Data and Distributing Location-Relevant Information

New U.S. and European patents strengthen the @Road intellectual property portfolio

FREMONT, CA - December 8, 2004 - @Road, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARDI), a leading provider of mobile resource management (MRM), has been awarded U.S. Patent 6,795,017, "Rule-based Actions using GPS Tracking Data", and European Patent EP1168863, "Dual Platform Location-relevant Service". The company has a total of thirteen patents issued, and as of today more than 30 additional patents pending in jurisdictions throughout the world.

The new U.S. patent, the tenth U.S. patent issued to @Road, describes a technique of enforcing rule-based actions upon tracking data obtained from GPS mobile devices. Many of today's GPS-enabled mobile devices are configured to do nothing more then collect or measure GPS data. This new patent, currently in use with the @Road service, improves the methodology and systems regarding the enforcement of four separate processes: (1) configuring or setting the rule; (2) collecting the GPS data; (3) applying the rule to the GPS data and non-GPS data; and, (4) taking some action based upon the rule applications, thus allowing for and improving the processing of information.

For example, a user may wish to know if a vehicle has passed a speed threshold. To enforce this rule, GPS data is collected and then compared to the speed threshold. If the speed threshold is exceeded, an action is taken, such as an alert to the user.

The @Road European patent, EP1168863, describes the technology currently in use by the @Road suite of products that allows for the collection, processing and delivery of location-relevant services accessible "on-demand" or "pushed" from one GPS-enabled mobile device to a second mobile device. For example, one mobile device can be installed to monitor the operations or maintenance of a vehicle and "push" the data for viewing and reporting to a second mobile device through the @Road service.

"Our recently issued patents validate the extensive R&D research @Road has conducted to develop optimized and intelligent service delivery flow within mobile resource management technologies," said Krish Panu, president and CEO of @Road. "The continued issuance of new patents illustrates our significant and continued commitment to strengthening our position as a leading MRM service provider."

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About @Road

@Road, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARDI) is a leading provider of mobile resource management (MRM) services, a rapidly growing category of productivity solutions integrating wireless communications, location technologies, hosted software applications, transaction processing and the Internet to help companies better manage mobile workers. Any size organization, in any industry or public sector, in which improving the productivity of mobile workers has an impact on revenue, expenses, customer service, and competitive advantage, will benefit from @Road MRM services. Because @Road offers MRM services on a hosted basis, customers avoid expensive and complex software and IT infrastructure investments. Since @Road delivers services on a subscription basis, customers can experience a rapid and measurable return-on-investment.

@Road delivers its MRM services to approximately 131,000 mobile workers in North America every day. The company has headquarters in Fremont, CA and secure networked data centers on both U.S. coasts. For more information, visit the @Road Web site at www.road.com.

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release are forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the ability of @Road to continue to grow revenues, if at all, the ability of @Road to continue to add or retain customers, and general economic and political conditions. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the @Road Report on Form 10-Q dated August 9, 2004, Report on Form 10-K dated March 12, 2004 and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. @Road undertakes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements contained in this news release.

@Road is a registered trademark of @Road, Inc. The @Road logo is a trademark of @Road, Inc.


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