PeopleNet And VUSION Outline Fuel Theft Detection Enhancment
Users retain complete flexibility for choosing fuel providers for negotiating discounts and fees
KISSIMEE, Fla. and MINNEAPOLIS, March 5, 2012 – PeopleNet®, a leading provider of innovative and integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems for effective fleet management, and VUSION, its data integration and analytics company, today announced that they are nearing completion of a fuel theft detection solution. Making the announcement at the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Annual Convention being held in Kissimee, Fla., today through March 7, VUSION President Thomas Fansler explained, “To help mitigate the negative effect that the recent quick rise in fuel costs is having on fleets, we have accelerated enhancements to our fuel theft detection processes. Fleets need a solution that maintains their flexibility in choosing fuel providers and which provides coverage at all fueling locations.”
With VUSION’s fuel theft detection and a PeopleNet onboard computer connected to the vehicle’s J1939 bus, fleets will be able to track pre- and post-transaction fuel tank levels without the cost of additional hardware. The data is integrated with fuel purchases for verification that the entire purchase was deposited into the truck.
After the driver pulls up to the fuel pump and turns off the tractor, the PeopleNet system detects the “Ignition Off” event and immediately captures and stores the tank level. When the driver restarts the tractor after fueling is complete, PeopleNet records the “Ignition On” tank level and transmits the tank-level readings for each event. VUSION receives, processes, and aligns electronic fuel-purchase data with the tank size and calculates tank-level changes. For immediate notification of fuel theft, VUSION creates an Excess Fuel alert when the volume of fuel purchased (reported in gallons) exceeds the net change in fuel recorded by the onboard computer. The system also detects tank-level changes due to siphoning, and through continuous monitoring captures tank level changes even when the driver fails to turn off the truck prior to fueling. Additional enhancements will include pre-authorization of purchase amounts in order to limit authorizations to the net available tank capacity.
PeopleNet is exclusively focused on providing innovative Internet-based and integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems to improve North America’s trucking industry’s fleet management. Its products are used by nearly 1,500 truckload, LTL, private, and service fleets in the United States and Canada, including several Fortune 500 companies. Reputed for its customer-driven technological innovation, unparalleled flexibility, and proactive customer care, PeopleNet was the first major technology provider to offer Internet-based communications to the transportation industry 15 years ago. Since then, the company has aggressively developed new products that continue to improve fleet management. Industry recognition of the company’s leadership includes: Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award, Inbound Logistics Top 100 Award; Food Logistics’ 100 Top Technology Solutions and Service Providers; Frost & Sullivan Market Engineering Award; and M2M Value Chain Award. PeopleNet is part of Trimble’s (NASDAQ: TRMB) international Transportation and Logistics division. For more information about PeopleNet and its products, call (888) 346-3486, or visit www.peoplenetonline.com.
VUSION is a data integration and analytics company that helps fleets make better, more predictive decisions about equipment and people. By uniquely applying its proprietary technology, proven processes, and industry expertise with existing data from equipment manufacturers with fleet performance data, VUSION provides a clearer, more accurate understanding of fleet operations. With greater clarity, fleet management can make smarter decisions about equipment and vehicles, and proactively manage driver performance. Vusion is part of Trimble’s (NASDAQ: TRMB) international Transportation and Logistics division. For more information about VUSION, visit www.vusion.net.