PeopleNet taking steps towards satellite coverage

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — PeopleNet is taking new steps to improve the communications of its multi-network framework.

PeopleNet satellite is now in development and will be available later this year.

Satellite communication will augment PeopleNet’s wireless network to provide real time accessibility in even the most remote areas of Canada and the U.S.

PeopleNet fleets will be able to select the best mix of network options, including satellite, on a vehicle-by-vehicle basis.

“Our satellite option fills in the blanks and extend’s PeopleNet’s reach to the remotest regions of Canada and across the continent,” said Brian McLaughlin, executive vice-president, marketing, product and sales. “Among other things, this satellite option means PeopleNet can meet the most stringent requirements of government and corporate shippers, particularly where hazardous shipments are concerned.”

The satellite modem will install alongside PeopleNet’s onboard computer, which will only use the satellite communications option when lower cost, ground-based wireless is unavailable.

The choice of communications will be automatic, invisible and seamless to drivers and operating staff, but customers will control what kinds of data can be sent when the satellite option is invoked.

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