PeopleNet Introduces Tethered Trailer Tracking without Need for Additional Trailer Hardware


LAS VEGAS and MINNEAPOLIS, March 4, 2013—PeopleNet (, the only provider of innovative open technology to the transportation industry that reduces cost per mile by integrating information across the entire organization, today announced the introduction of the only trailer tracking offering by an onboard computing provider that requires no additional trailer hardware. In making the announcement at the Truckload Carriers Association annual convention being held in Las Vegas, March 3-6, PeopleNet Executive Vice President of Operations Rick Ochsendorf said, “Our Tethered Trailer Tracking solution uses the existing Power Line Communication (PLC) cable for exchanging data between the trailer’s ABS (anti-lock brake system) and the PeopleNet system through the Multi-Bus Adapter with a PLC chip. This configuration provides the most cost-effective trailer tracking solution for reducing the cost of lost trailers, eliminating manual yard checks, managing trailer detention, and improving utilization information for more efficient maintenance. In addition to being easy to use, there also is significant saving in time-consuming installation and labor cost. Since a typical fleet has around a 2:1 trailer-to-tractor ratio, that can be tremendous.”

Once connected to the tractor, the trailer’s unique serial number is sent to the PeopleNet system, which in turn creates location-based hook and drop events for the trailer. Event information is stored, including the date/time, location, vehicle and trailer odometer reading. Odometer readings, in particular, provide a history that enables accurate usage-based maintenance.

About PeopleNet
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 1,500 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; M2M Value Chain Award; and Minnesota High Tech Association Tekne 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

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