PeopleNet Introduces More Efficient, More Compact Version of BLU In-Cab Computing System: BLU.2
MINNEAPOLIS AND TORONTO, June 10, 2011 – PeopleNet, the leading provider of innovative and integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems for effective fleet management, today introduced a more efficient, more compact version of its BLU in-cab computing system. Making the announcement at the PeopleNet Canada Transportation Symposium being held today in Toronto at the Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel, PeopleNet CEO Ron Konezny said, “Our next-generation BLU.2 onboard computing system demonstrates our continued support of BLU as a platform. In addition to new features that enhance driver efficiency, it’s 65 percent lighter, thinner, and provides better extreme temperature performance with 40 percent faster startup in cold weather. Because BLU.2’s platform is the same as BLU, customers will be able to add BLU.2 to their current BLU network. And because the software between each model is nearly identical, the new display can be easily added without reprogramming back-office software. Further, existing Driver Terminal customers can upgrade to the BLU.2 device while using their existing onboard computing and mounting options, so they can leverage their investments and save significant costs on upgrades.”
Mackinnon Transport Linehaul Coordinator Shelley Hickey describes BLU.2’s new functions as “absolutely wonderful.” In particular, she cited the ability to change duty without having to contact the firm’s safety department; the panic alarm feature that goes directly to whomever is designated as the primary contact; the onscreen keyboard; and electronic logs available on screen for DOT instead of having to call dispatch to have logs printed and faxed to them.
Mackinnon Transport Maintenance Manager John Gibson said, “The lighter, more compact unit is easier for mounting. I’ve also heard some of our drivers comment about how driver friendly they are to use and how much they like them.”
Ed King, mobile communications manager for Intermodal Cartage, an IMC company, explained that after completing beta testing, he’ll be replacing the PeopleNet Driver Terminal displays with 225 BLU.2 units and later converting an additional 350 units for the Intermodal Service divisions he’s responsible for. He said, “The drivers now using BLU.2 took to it like a duck to water. The transition is easy and intuitive. They’re having no problem getting used to the bigger, seven-inch color screen display.”
King also discussed how BLU.2 will make his drivers more efficient. “First, roadside inspections should be quicker and easier, because the eDriver Logs® grid displays full details of a driver’s time. And because BLU.2 is Windows based, we have more opportunities for electronic forms that will eliminate re-entry of information into our proprietary computer system.”
Running on WinCE 6.0, BLU.2 operates more quietly and offers more installation options and louder sound range, further enhancing the platform’s Text to Speech feature which allows drivers to play an audio version of messages on screen. Safe Mode enables fleets to limit driver interaction with the system while the vehicle is moving. The BLU.2 device and common codebase are a reflection of PeopleNet’s commitment to its large BLU installed base, which PeopleNet will support indefinitely.
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 annually reinvests 100 percent of its profits into the business for aggressively developing 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. For more information about PeopleNet and its products, call (888) 346-3486, or visit www.peoplenetonline.com.