PeopleNet app for iPad

PeopleNet has introduced a management app for iPad, iPhone and Android devices that provides critical alerts to smart devices within seconds, based on data from multiple sources. The company says immediate notification of critical event information helps avoid all manner of trouble.

In announcing the new app to attendees at the company’s 10th annual user conference in Florida, company vice president Randy Boyles explained that safety and maintenance managers in particular would appreciate the immediacy and detail of alerts.

“There is a tremendous amount of safety and maintenance-related information available through PeopleNet reports,” he said. “However, we understand that there are events that require immediate attention rather than waiting to review reports. We’re taking advantage of smart-device technology’s notification features to develop this safety app for helping customers avoid potential safety incidents and better protect drivers and the public.”

PeopleNet developed what sounds like a killer safety app for iPad first, leading a queue that includes: a maintenance app featuring fault-code and tire-pressure alerts to help fleets avoid major overhaul expenses and poor fuel economy; and a vehicle location and messaging app for smart devices that allow executives to check up on key concerns regardless of location. Additional availability of all apps for the iPhone and Android devices is in the works as well.

The PeopleNet system sends an alert to registered smart-device users. The user can then access all relevant event data through the alert. For instance, if there were a rollover or sudden-deceleration event, a satellite map of the incident would be provided along with pre- and post-incident trails, all of the particulars of the incident, the identity of the driver, the driver’s available hours of service, and their past 24-hour HOS activity. The last five safety events for the driver are also displayed to help assess the emergence of a negative trend.

PeopleNet also announced the availability of its fully functional software on commercial-grade handheld devices to meet the market’s need for point-of-work management throughout the supply chain, from pick-up to the customer’s doorstep to the back office. This was driven by users, especially those in the consumer goods private-fleet sector, who want a single-solution approach.

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