Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc.’s “Smart Coach” recently was named a finalist for a 21st Century Achievement Award in Computerworld magazine’s Honors Program.
Fleetwood was named a laureate and was presented with the Honors Medal of Achievement at Computerworld’s annual medal ceremony in San Francisco earlier this month. Five worldwide finalists were selected by a panel of judges from the laureates in each of 10 categories.
In June, the program will honor Fleetwood and the other finalists in Washington, D.C. At that time, the Chairmen’s Committee will present 21st Century Achievement Awards to the 10 organizations selected by the judges as first among their peers.
The “Smart Coach” is a concept motorhome that networks a variety of devices inside and outside the RV to provide users with enhanced comfort and safety features. It includes two-way Internet access via satellite, an Intel Pentium 4-based personal computer and a portable web tablet through which a touch-pad interface can be used to access networked devices. From the tablet, RV owners have the ability to open and close slideout living rooms and bedrooms, view security cameras, monitor and/or change set points on their thermostats, turn air conditioning and heating systems on and off, control lighting and enable predetermined scenes — specific light levels, HVAC set points, and slideout configurations with the tap of a finger.
Touch Pad switches provide an optional user interface to the automated devices in the motorhome. The portion of the customized graphical interface that communicates to LonWorks devices is built on top of Echelon’s LNS network operating system.
“Each year, Computerworld Honors identifies and recognizes individuals around the world whose visionary use of information technology produces and promotes positive social, economic and educational change,” said Bob Carrigan, President and Publisher of Computerworld. “The innovators represented in this collection have been recognized by the leading IT industry chairmen as true revolutionaries in their fields.”
Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel and member of The Chairmen’s Committee, nominated Fleetwood for inclusion in the 2003 Transportation category. As part of the Laureate Program, the case study on Fleetwood’s “Smart Coach” will be archived in more than 30 countries as a leading example of how information technology is used in transportation to benefit society.
“Fleetwood RV is truly honored to receive the 2003 Computerworld Honors Medal of Achievement,” said Bob Thompson, Vice President of Product Development for Fleetwood RV. “To have the Fleetwood RV “Smart Coach” receive worldwide recognition among the world’s most influential leaders in information technology has been a rewarding experience, to say the least, and a credit to several individuals in our product development group with the vision and skill to complete its development.”    
Case studies from the 2003 Computerworld Honors Collection will be available at http://www.cwheroes.org, the official Internet site of the Computerworld Honors Program. The entire collection is available there to scholars, researchers and the general public worldwide.