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PeopleNet Debuts Alert Add-On for iPad App, Other Product Upgrades at Customer Meeting

By Rip Watson, Senior Reporter

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BOCA RATON, Fla. — PeopleNet Communications Corp. unveiled three new products here, including a critical events alert system for the iPad to give customers additional mobile communications options.

The move to es-tablish a system of alerting maintenance and safety managers within seconds if there are issues on a truck was announced during the company’s Aug. 6-8 User Conference. The application can forward information such as engine fault codes, low tire pressure or driver events such as rapid speed changes, the company said.

In addition, the company said it has created a Spanish-language option for the BLU.2 onboard computer to enhance communications options for drivers. A new icon-based display option that can be used on tablet

computing devices also was announced.

“We understand there are events that require immediate attention rather than waiting to review reports,” said Randy Boyles, vice president of tailored solutions, noting the value fleets can gain from re-ceiving potential critical event information quickly instead of having to try to anticipate problems based on periodic reports.

The alerts are sent through an iPad management application, or app, created by PeopleNet, Minnetonka, Minn. The company is working on making the new app available to users of iPhones and Android devices.

In addition to the safety information, the new app can be used for vehicle location and messaging, allowing managers to monitor other information if they are not in the office.

The alert shows the reason for the alert, vehicle speed, truck location, engine revolutions per minute and a visual display of the incident either with a map or satellite view. A driver’s previous five incidents as well as hours of service status for the past 24 hours also are shown.

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