1978 – Jubitz truck stop in Portland, Oregon, launches its Dial-A-Truck service. This allows truckers to view loads on a monitor, rather than on handwritten note cards pinned to a bulletin board (nicknamed a “load board”). Nine other truck stops along the Interstate 5 corridor, from Washington to California, add Dial-A-Truck monitors.
1985 – Within 7 years, Dial-A-Truck monitors are installed at more than 200 truck stops in 42 states.
1989 – Dial-A-Truck becomes DAT Services. The company is headed by Al Jubitz, son of Jubitz founder Mo Jubitz. Al’s brother Fred and step-brother Lawrence are also part of the growing business. Monitors are now in more than 500 truck stops from coast to coast.
1995 – DAT introduces the Transportation Terminal™. With this device, DAT becomes the first North American freight-matching service to provide real-time data, transmitted via satellite. Subscribers are provided with a desktop terminal and a rooftop-mounted satellite dish to receive the data.
1997 – DAT Connect™ for Windows®, an interactive software, allows users to access DAT Load Boards from a personal computer, via dial-up modem.
2001 – DAT is purchased by TransCore, a global provider of toll systems, customer service centers, design consulting, maintenance, traffic management systems, and radio frequency identification (RFID) manufacturing.
2001 – TransCore purchases DM Computing, makers of Keypoint Software, a transportation management software for freight brokers. One year earlier, TransCore purchased Viastar Services, provider of fuel, cash management, and fleet compliance services for the trucking industry. Keypoint and the fleet compliance services later become part of DAT Solutions.
2004 – TransCore is acquired by Roper Technologies (NYSE: ROP), a diversified growth company and constituent of the S&P 500, Fortune 1000, and the Russell 1000 indices. Roper provides engineered products and solutions for global niche markets, including software information networks, medical, water, energy, and transportation.
2014 – TransCore DAT becomes DAT Solutions. The company provides a broad range of services to the transportation industry, including freight matching, freight rate information, carrier monitoring services, fleet tracking systems, transportation management software, and fleet compliance services.