PeopleNet sees growth from Vusion division

Updated Mar 17, 2011

PeopleNet, a provider of integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems for fleet management, announced that its new division Vusion, launched last year, is already providing analytics for more than 50 fleets representing over 20,000 vehicles.

The Vusion division helps fleets make smarter, more predictive decisions about buying equipment and managing people, the company says.

Vusion is a platform that integrates existing data from equipment manufacturers with fleet performance data. By applying proprietary technology, proven processes, and industry expertise, Vusion provides a clearer, more accurate understanding of fleet operations, the company says.

Sandeep Kar, global program manager-commercial vehicle research at Frost & Sullivan, says, “Predictive analytics, especially first-wave applications of this in the form of prognostics, holds tremendous value potential. Our fleet manager-focused surveys show that top U.S. fleet managers are eager to adopt technologies that can help reduce operating costs.”

Making the announcement at the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Annual Convention being held in San Diego through March 16, PeopleNet CEO Ron Konezny discussed Vusion’s mission:

“We understand that fleet management technology provides an ocean of vehicle and driver performance and safety data that can be overwhelming, to say the least. Add the data from equipment manufacturers, and it’s downright tedious, if not impossible, to connect the dots. Our new division is helping fleets blend information from multiple sources and interpret results so management can really use it to their advantage and get more insight from their technology investment.”

Tom Fansler, Vusion president, has been providing information to the trucking industry for the past 15 years. The former co-founder and managing partner of Inter-Tax built the company into the largest fuel tax service provider in the U.S. before selling it in 2007.

“We’re taking onboard data from all providers to a whole new level. Our data integration and modeling exposes excess fuel events and theft. Our statistical tools measure how different variables — load, distance, idle rate, aerodynamics, vehicle age, driver behaviors and more—affect fuel economy, so management clearly see which vehicles are under-performing.”

Vusion is currently providing Fuel Tax and Fuel Theft Reporting, and Driver and Vehicle Performance Reporting. Integration with electronic logs for HOS utilization and violation reporting, Safety Analytics, as well as an online reporting interface will be available later this year.