PeopleNet Launches Trucking Industry's First Optionally Portable Onboard Computing Platform


Press Release:

TABLET Offers Exceptional Built-In Capabilities That Make Drivers More Efficient, Speed Up Work flow, Improve Cash Flow, and Save Money by Eliminating the Need for Additional Hand-held Devices and Peripherals

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - August 16, 2010) - PeopleNet, the leading provider of innovative and integrated on-board computing and mobile communications systems for effective fleet management, today announced the launch of the trucking industry's first optionally portable on-board computer that revolutionizes driver efficiency and workflow, and eliminates the need for additional hand-held devices in the cab. In making the announcement, CEO Ron Konezny explained that PeopleNet TABLET is a response to the transportation industry's demand for faster workflow and a shorter accounting cycle. He said, "Fleet owners and managers who want to improve performance and cash flow will see this optionally portable on-board computer system with exceptional built-in capabilities as a way to enable drivers to work in virtually any environment while combining the traditional fix mount systems and hand-held computing systems. Drivers themselves will appreciate having more drive time behind the wheel instead of handling administrative activities in the cab. TABLET gives them the flexibility to handle non-driving tasks, outside of the cab, from any location."

PeopleNet's powerful new on-board computing platform captures critical vehicle and driver management information that can integrate with the back office. Through its rugged design and seven-inch touch screen, it combines traditional in-cab functionality such as In-Cab Navigation, Vehicle Management (engine diagnostics), eDriver Logs®, in-cab training, driver email and messaging, geofencing and more with portable options like a camera, bar code scanner, signature capture, and wi-fi to speed up workflow, improve customer service and enable drivers to be more efficient. Another first for the trucking industry is TABLET's Windows 7 operating platform, which opens up the computer to a wide range of peripherals, document formats and advanced applications.

Specific workflow and cash-flow advantages are:

  • Optional built-in bar code scanning identifies overages and shortages immediately

  • With TABLET's optional built-in camera, drivers can photograph damaged goods and send photos to expedite replacement shipments for better customer service and faster billing

  • Maintenance managers have access to DVIRs quicker giving them visibility to potential problems

  • Wi-fi provides faster data downloads and hot spot access to save communication costs, as well as Internet browsing

  • Built-in signature capture conveys proof of delivery to the back office for faster invoicing and shorter Day Sales Outstanding (DSO); with In-Cab Navigation eliminates

  • Eliminate out-of-route miles and reduces fuel consumption with In-Cab Navigation

In addition to a docking station for in-cab use and an option for hard mounting, Tablet comes with both soft and hard keyboard options.

Tablet will be commercially available Q1 2011.

About PeopleNet

PeopleNet is exclusively focused on providing innovative Internet-based and integrated on-board 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: Inbound Logistics Top 100 Award; Food Logistics' 100 Top Technology Solutions and Service Providers; Frost & Sullivan Market Engineering Award; and M2M Value Chain Award.

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