PeopleNet releases BLULink for custom development

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PeopleNet, a provider of Internet-based and integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems for fleet management, launched BLULink. The technology makes it easier and faster to develop custom software applications to run on PeopleNet’s BLU in-cab PC – for both customers and the company’s Tailored Solutions team, the company says. “With BLULink, we’re giving our customers a choice to help them meet their specific operational needs,” says Randy Boyles, Tailored Solutions vice president.

BLULink makes the Software Development Kit – introduced last year with the BLU platform – easier to use because it requires less training and no onsite assistance, PeopleNet says. BLULink is designed to grant customers direct access to the PeopleNet network to do their own over-the-air programming, similar to the OTAP technology that the company introduced several years ago.

The company says BLU makes engine control monitoring data, eDriver Logs information and GPS positioning data readily available for custom applications; in addition, BLU’s open software environment enables BLULink to support full data exchange with back-end systems, as well as in-cab devices that use PeopleNet’s proprietary PTP protocol. BLULink also supports BLU’s serial port so that it can interface to other serial devices such as mobile printers, according to the company.

PeopleNet also announced record revenue and subscriber growth in 2008, with more than 100 new fleets signed.