Press Release Summary:
Communications and fleet management solution, g3 onboard system, is available with Enhanced Driver Display options that run on Windows CE .Net platform. Tethered, 7 in., full-color Enhanced Driver Display offers touch-screen functionality and backlit keyboard as well as audio and video capability. Handheld displays have color, graphical displays that can be used inside and outside truck and offer barcode scanning as well as signature capture capabilities.
Original Press Release:
PeopleNet to Launch Enhanced Driver Display Options
New Developments From PeopleNet To Please Drivers and Boost Performance
MINNEAPOLIS - October 29, 2006 - PeopleNet today announced development of new driver-friendly displays for its g3 onboard system, the trucking industry's leading communications and fleet management solution. PeopleNet is the fastest growing provider of intelligent onboard communications and fleet management solutions in North America.
New displays, to be available starting in 2007, include both tethered onboard versions and a selection of portable, handheld wireless devices.
The Enhanced Driver Display platform is part of PeopleNet's continued leadership towards "open platform" standards embraced by the g3 platform. The new display platform will run on the Windows CE .Net platform and allow for 3rd party applications to be developed and run in conjunction with the core PeopleNet applications. This makes it possible for fleets to deploy and integrate virtually limitless trucking technology for general or specialty fleet operations.
A new tethered, 7-inch, full-color Enhanced Driver Display is easy and pleasing for drivers to use, with precise visibility and touch-screen versatility. The keyboard has a small, practical footprint and is backlit for ease of use under virtually all conditions.
PeopleNet's Enhanced Driver Display and keyboard were improved after extensive consultation with customer fleets and drivers. The large, high-resolution display makes images and characters quickly discernable and enables key driver applications such as in-cab navigation. Similarly, the new, backlit keyboard makes it effortless to enter a reply.
The full audio and video capability of Enhanced Driver Display can be used to show videos or display reading materials such as eBooks. This makes it useful for both in-cab training and driver entertainment.
At the same time, PeopleNet will offer new-generation handheld devices with color, graphical displays that can be used by drivers both inside and outside the truck. Inside, they can rest in a cradle to remain easily visible to the driver for messaging, navigation and other functions. Outside, the portable handhelds can scan barcodes and record consignee signatures for real-time proof of delivery - functions that can relieve drivers of paperwork and hassle.
"Driver recruitment and retention is perhaps the greatest challenge facing truck fleets today, so the driver was our first concern. Portable handhelds, integrated with a powerful Onboard Computer can simplify a driver's job and an easily read display is important, particularly when a driver faces multiple tasks at once," said Brian McLaughlin, PeopleNet vice president, marketing & product planning. "In fact, ease of use and versatility make our essential g3 trucking technology very driver friendly."
Beyond keeping drivers happy, PeopleNet's Enhanced Driver Display options will benefit fleet operators. The touch screen and Windows CE operating system make the display adaptable to numerous solutions, including such core PeopleNet offerings as eDriver Logs, Messaging and PACOS Geofencing. But that's just the beginning. Enhanced Driver Display will enable such applications as real time out-of-route detection, graphically integrated vehicle inspection forms, document management, driver training videos and digital imaging to document damaged freight and accidents.
The In-Cab Enhanced Driver Display and its keyboard can be mounted in a separated manner or together in stationary fashion to hold them steady. They can also be made extendable, for example, to a passenger seat or even into a sleeper.
Of course, many of the same applications run on the optional handhelds, which come in a variety of configurations from leading handheld vendors that include Intermec Technologies® and Symbol Technologies®.
PeopleNet, based in suburban Minneapolis, is North America's leading provider of Internet-based and integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems. Its transportation products are used by top truckload, LTL, private, and service fleets in the U.S. and Canada. PeopleNet was the first major technology provider to offer Internet-based communications to the transportation industry 12 years ago and now serves more than 1,000 customers, including several Fortune 500 companies. PeopleNet is on the web at peoplenetonline.com.
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