October 24, 2017
PeopleNet announced the debut of four products designed to improve fleet security, safety, and efficiency at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition in Orlando.
These products include the PeopleNet Connected Gateway bridging device, Video Intelligence Backup Camera, Fault Intelligence Monitoring Solution, and the LoadDocs Scanning App.
The PeopleNet Connected Gateway is an intelligent vehicle-bridging device that connects a vehicle to a wide range of in-cab displays and mobile devices through WiFi or cellular networks. The PCG is connected to a vehicle’s diagnostic port and mounted to the truck’s dashboard.
“The debut of the Connected Gateway marks the continued evolution of PeopleNet’s mobility solutions to connect drivers, displays and vehicles to improve safety and performance,” said Eric Witty, vice president, product for PeopleNet. “Not only is the compact Connected Gateway device designed with security in mind but it is also built to enable fleets to harness the enhanced performance and reliability of 4G LTE networks.”
PeopleNet’s new Video Intelligence Backup Camera is designed to be wirelessly paired with the tractor to stream live video to the cab. The Backup Camera is an addition to the company’s current forward and side-facing camera options and allows fleets to have 360 degree video view of a vehicle.
The Video Intelligence Solution triggers video from company-controlled settings from a truck’s Onboard Event Recording, augmenting traditional driver and truck analytics with onboard event recording.
The Backup Camera is powered by the anti-lock braking system (ABS) of the trailer and uses a transmitter to automatically pair it to any tractor equipped with a PeopleNet Video Intelligence receiver. This pairing also allows for wireless streaming of live video on an in-cab display when the vehicle is in reverse, reducing blind spots for the driver. Because the system is not battery powered, it never needs to be charged.
“The introduction of this powerful backup camera gives fleets and their drivers better visibility, helping to navigate backups and provide video in the event of a rear-end collision,” said Jim Angel, PeopleNet vice president of Video Intelligence Solutions. “Adding this trailer camera to our solution is part of the evolution of the Video Intelligence platform to meet the safety and compliance needs of the customers we serve.”
PeopleNet’s Fault Intelligence is part of its ConnectedFleet platform designed to provide comprehensive, real-time vehicle health and safety information and fault guidance. Fault intelligence is powered by Noregon, a PeopleNet technology partner since 2009.
Fault Intelligence gives insight into the health of vehicles within a fleet, regardless of make or model. The information was designed to be presented in an easy-to-understand format, allowing dispatchers and maintenance personnel to make informed decisions quickly and efficiently.
Fault Intelligence gives users real-time, detailed fault data from each vehicle, including a safety score, health score, and location information to better manage overall fleet operations. This fully configurable solution also allows users to customize fault management options and create action plans that align with their company’s processes and procedures related to vehicle maintenance.
“Keeping trucks and drivers moving is a constant challenge for any fleet,” said Witty. “Fault Intelligence provides actionable information to maintain productivity by preventing unscheduled service events, improving vehicle utilization and helping to ensure a fleet stays on schedule.”
PeopleNet has expanded its mobile scanning solutions through working with LoadDocs, a company that delivers mobile collaborative workflow management systems for logistics and field service companies.
PeopleNet customers interested in mobile scanning solutions can now choose to deploy the LoadDocs mobile app to digitally scan a wide range of documents using a PeopleNet-certified mobile device. On-the-go scanning allows fleets and their drivers improved flexibility in sharing digital versions of paper-based items such as expense reports, inspection reports, and bills of lading (BOLs).
LoadDocs’ scanning solution is available to customers who use PeopleNet-certified Android-based in-cab displays and mobile devices, in conjunction with a PeopleNet Mobile Gateway or PeopleNet Connected Gateway. Through the app, users can scan documents with the camera on their device and no additional hardware is required. The mobile app features page detection, automatic cropping, and high-quality image capture across a range of devices.
“Developing solutions specifically aimed at increasing visibility and efficiencies is at the core of what we do,” said Will Chu, co-founder and CEO at LoadDocs. “PeopleNet is a leader in the fleet mobility industry and we look forward to helping their customers improve how they share information across their fleet.”