SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS and MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 20, 2013—PeopleNet® (www.peoplenetonline.com), the leading provider of fleet mobility solutions that reduce cost per mile, improve safety/compliance and enable profitable fleet growth, today announced the evolution and launch of its Precision Mobility Platform that combines the latest in fleet mobility solutions with precision analytics that will enable fleets to optimize their resources for profitable growth. Giving nearly 1,000 attendees at PeopleNet’s 11th annual user conference a glimpse into the value of what PeopleNet will ultimately do for them, Chief Technology Officer Mark Botticelli said, “Our vision for the new standard in fleet mobility technology is an end-to-end, fully supported platform with complete ‘openicity’ for streamlined integration. There is virtually no limit on systems and applications that will work in tandem to extend the value of information from operational intelligence to predictive analytics that conveys insight for decision-making about the future. Imagine having answers to questions about the future at your fingertips—answers to questions like: when will an engine break down or an engine part go bad? How soon should a vehicle be serviced? What drivers are likely to pose safety threats? In other words, information that drives precise decision making in cab and back office.”
Much of vision is in place today, according to McLaughlin, with the company evolving its PeopleNet Mobile software, high-powered, interconnecting in-cab hub, core back-end platform, and precision analytics engine to support the total vision. He explained how the company was preparing each component of the Precision Mobility Platform.
PeopleNet continues to expand the suite of many display types its PeopleNet Mobile software currently runs on, including fix-mounted, tablets and handheld computers. The company’s high-powered in-cab hub that links the engine bus and in-cab display will support 4G wireless technology, including remote connectivity through a WiFi hotspot. Plus, it will be lighter and easier and faster to install.
The core back-office platform that today is driven by tri-mode (satellite, cellular and WiFi), multi-carrier wireless communications and resides in a Tier III, fully redundant data center is advancing to an entirely new cloud-based, machine-to-machine (M2M) architecture. This will optimize scalability, uptime, expedite deployment of new solutions and enhance cost-effectiveness. This web-based open framework allows other transportation management systems and applications to be easily and fully integrated across all of a fleet’s business processes. “We’re leading the transportation industry into new fertile ground and raising the bar on mobile communications with the integration of best-in-class M2M technology, which will help us accelerate innovation to respond to our customer’s needs more quickly.”
Botticelli added, “The icing on the cake is PeopleNet’s Precision Analytics Engine, largely driven by VUSION and integrated with PeopleNet Mobile and the back-office platforms. It will provide predictive analytics about drivers and vehicles for making decisions about the future that optimize resources and drive profitable growth.”
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 more than 1,750 truckload, LTL, private, and energy services fleets in the United States and Canada, including several Fortune 500 companies. The company aggressively develops 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; M2M Value Chain Award; and Minnesota High Tech Association Tekne Award. PeopleNet is part of Trimble’s® (NASDAQ: TRMB) international Transportation and Logistics division and a key factor in Trimble’s top ranking by ABI Research’s 2013 Commercial Fleet Telematics Competitive Assessment. For more information about PeopleNet and its products, call (888) 346-3486, or visitwww.peoplenetonline.com.