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PeopleNet advances documentation capabilities

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- PeopleNet in partnership with Microdea has introduced In-Cab Scanning for the transportation ...

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — PeopleNet in partnership with Microdea has introduced In-Cab Scanning for the transportation industry, in an effort to speed up the documentation process.

This new function provides the capability to scan and transmit documents directly from the cab of a truck using the technology of Microdea and the bandwidth of PeopleNet mobile communications.

In-Cab Scanning is the future and it is here now, said Glenn Williams, PeopleNets senior product manager. This landmark technology for PeopleNet customers will take carrier business operations to a new level, cutting hours and days from the billing cycle. Drivers will be very pleased to avoid unnecessary, unproductive miles used to find scanning locations and waiting in the lines they sometimes find there.

In-Cab Scanning enables drivers to scan and transmit critical transportation documents such as bills of lading and signed delivery receipts immediately from virtually anywhere. In-Cab Scanning speeds the business cycle for carriers, eliminates the need for truck stop scanning and expedites international border crossings.

In-Cab scanning is a very important addition to Microdea as we further extend the reach of our solutions into the logistics and transportation industry, said Colin Ruskin, vice-president of business development. Our goal is to develop solutions to enable our clients to become efficient and profitable; their success is our success.

Microdea supplies a rugged, small-footprint scanning device securely mounted in the truck cab. Scanned document images are transmitted using the open interface of PeopleNets g3 Services and are captured by Microdea, which makes documents immediately available to third parties. A third party can be a carrier, its customers or a carriers third party document management provider.

With documents in hand, dispatch will be able to more quickly and surely dispatch loads and assign drivers. Carriers can speed international border crossings by enabling drivers to forward documents to programs like the US Customs and Border Protections ACE (Web-based Automated Commercial Environment) before they arrive at border check points.

In-Cab Scanning is the first of a two-part initiative by PeopleNet. The second is In-Cab Printing, which will be introduced in the early part of 2008.

In-Cab Printing will use the same wireless and software technologies to move documents between truck and company, but in the other direction, Williams said.

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