PeopleNet to offer weigh station bypass with Drivewyze

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Updated Mar 8, 2013

Drivewyze, creators of the Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass service, and PeopleNet, a provider of mobile fleet management systems, announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and entered into a collaborative business relationship. Under the terms of the MOU, Drivewyze and PeopleNet will explore ways in which they can join forces to deliver their complimentary products and services to PeopleNet’s customer base.

Drivewyze is a new way for commercial vehicles to bypass fixed weigh stations and mobile inspection sites, using select Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs), tablets and smartphones, giving them transponder-like capability and eliminating the need for dedicated transponders in each truck. Since it was launched in September of last year, the Drivewyze network has expanded to provide bypass services at 218 sites in 15 states.

“PeopleNet and Drivewyze provide valuable and complimentary solutions and services, and we share the same value commitment to our motor carrier customers,” said Brian Heath, president of Drivewyze, Inc. “Together, both companies provide technologies that improve fleet operation efficiency and vehicle safety. As we continue to expand our network and grow our business, we are excited to be working with a leading ELD provider such as PeopleNet.”

“Drivewyze is a great compliment to PeoplenNet’s onboard computing and mobile communications systems,” said Rick Ochsendorf, Senior vice President of Operations. “As the first onboard computing provider with a commercially available product to sign an MOU with Drivewyze, we believe that together, we can provide unique solutions of significant value to our customers.”

Hands-free and compliant with federal and state distracted driving regulations, the Drivewyze PreClear service provides simple visual and audible instructions for drivers to either bypass weigh stations and inspection sites, or to safely pull-in. Easy to use, Drivewyze assures privacy and data protection and connects to the Drivewyze network service via a single account regardless of where a driver travels.

PeopleNet also  introduced a trailer tracking offering that requires no additional trailer hardware.

The Tethered Trailer Tracking application uses the existing Power Line Communication (PLC) cable for exchanging data between the trailer’s ABS (anti-lock brake system) and the PeopleNet system through the Multi-Bus Adapter with a PLC chip, said Rick Ochsendorf, executive vice president of operations.

This configuration helps with managing trailer detention, reduces the cost of lost trailers, eliminates manual yard checks, and improves utilization information for more efficient maintenance, he said.

“In addition to being easy to use, there also is significant savings in time-consuming installation and labor cost. Since a typical fleet has around a 2:1 trailer-to-tractor ratio, that can be tremendous.”

Once connected to the tractor, the trailer’s unique serial number is sent to the PeopleNet system, which in turn creates location-based hook and drop events for the trailer. Event information is stored, including the date/time, location, vehicle and trailer odometer reading.