PeopleNet, a provider of integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems, announced the recipients of its Innovator of the Year Award, which the company gives to four organizations in four fleet categories that demonstrate leadership in using PeopleNet to create unique solutions that drive ROI. “These awards capture the true spirit of our user conference – shared experiences that help all of our customers get the most out of their technology investment,” says Mark Kessler, vice president of national accounts.”
• With 15 trucks, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma pioneered the use of mobile communications for a nonprofit organization. Their success opened the door for other food banks to take advantage of PeopleNet technology, including Harvesters–The Community Food Network (29 trucks) and Houston Food Bank (30 trucks).
• PeopleNet has made transportation a key competency for Griffin Industries in the reclaiming of animal and bakery by-product and restaurant grease and distribution of recycled products. Griffin worked with PeopleNet Tailored Solutions to develop a new application that provides timestamp, GPS location, speed and RPM every two seconds to ensure that relevant safety information is captured.
• Old Dominion Freight Lines’ PeopleNet-based programs are helping to optimize driver performance and control fuel costs. The extensive dashboard Old Dominion created monitors out-of-route miles and miles per gallon for all of its drivers, as well as other comprehensive productivity and safety metrics. The company is developing a custom integration in which a handheld computer captures pickup-and-delivery data and sends it to the PeopleNet BLU in-cab displays via WiFi for immediate download to the back office’s tracking system. Old Dominion also designed a comprehensive eDriver Logs training methodology, including a pretraining piece about the system and its benefits, to bring more than 5,500 drivers up to speed over 12 months; and
• Huron Services Group Limited, a single-source provider of logistics services, has been a long-time PeopleNet partner in innovation, having been among the first to robustly integrate with TMW and test and use Vehicle Management, eDriver Logs and Onboard Event Recording data. As a pioneer and reference account, the Ontario, Canada-based firm has opened the door for other trucking firms to be successful.