A step beyond paperless

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Under the new initiative, carriers using PeopleNet’s wireless signature capture will be able to offer customers images of bills of lading certified by TMI.

PeopleNet Communications, a provider of mobile communications and satellite tracking, and TMI, the developer of TripPak Express and TripPak Online, announced a joint initiative to develop a solution called eDocument Transfer. The initiative goes beyond “paperless” to pave the way for electronic documents, the companies say. The solution will leverage PeopleNet’s signature capture feature and high bandwidth mobile communications with the TripPak Express mail infrastructure, overnight scanning facilities and expertise in data integration and TripPak Online workflow software.

The first phase of the initiative begins in 2003, when PeopleNet and TripPak Online customers will be able to combine the secure data and signature capture from their PeopleNet system onto certified images – or templates – of the original paper documents. TMI continues to work with major carriers, shippers and 3PLs to develop more standard, scanner-friendly forms such as the bill of lading and proof-of-delivery, says Mark Cleveland, TMI’s executive vice president.