PeopleNet partners with MAGTEC for truck security integration

CALGARY — Wireless fleet solutions provider PeopleNet has inked a development partnership with Calgary-based MAGTEC Products, Inc. to make their products compatible and interoperable.

MAGTEC, a manufacturer and distributor of truck and equipment security systems, will work to integrate its M5K system with PeopleNet’s g3 onboard computing and mobile communications system.

PeopleNet customers will have access to MAGTEC M5K functions through the same web page interface they use to access PeopleNet’s various location, business and vehicle monitoring capabilities.

MAGTEC authentication helps prevent truck theft, even when the driver leaves a truck running. The M5K system requires drivers to enter a personal authentication code on a numeric keypad prior to moving the vehicle. The system knows when a truck is left idling and will require the driver to re-enter the code before it will move.

The system also enables managers to set idling time limits, something increasingly mandated by various local and regional governments. Managers can also disable the system for set periods of time to accommodate vehicle maintenance and repairs.

“This partnership is a natural. MAGTEC’s highly effective, easy-to-use technology brings real value to its customers. MAGTEC security complements PeopleNet’s profit-driving operational applications and industry-leading mobile communications,” said Ron Konezny, COO and CFO of PeopleNet.

Authentication codes, idling times, disablement and other system parameters can be changed remotely, over the air, without input from the driver. After integration, PeopleNet customers who use MAGTEC will be able to make those changes from their web-based PeopleNet screen on any Internet-connected computer.

“We are excited to work with PeopleNet,” said Mark Ochitwa, vice president, operations and product development for MAGTEC. “Mutual customers will be able to access our security applications for ultimate control of drivers and loads through the convenient, intuitive PeopleNet interface they use everyday. We are glad to be associated with a customer-oriented company like PeopleNet.”

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