PeopleNet (www.peoplenetonline.com) announced that its EventAlerter iPad and Android application is now available for general release. Introduced at its user conference in August of 2012, the EventAlerter app sends an immediate alert to fleet managers when a critical safety event occurs.
One of the first users of EventAlerter for iPad, Luckey Logistics, is using the application to instantly update management about key events that impact safety.
“We are strong advocates of portable computing as a strategy for helping managers do their jobs better and more easily,” said Luckey Logistics IT manager, Patrick “Barney” Barnwell. The PeopleNet fleet management system provides ample daily and weekly reporting, he added, but when it comes to safety “it’s critical to know what’s happening when it happens. EventAlerter immediately sends all details about a critical event, so managers can take appropriate, timely action, day or night, 24/7. It’s our best bet for supporting driver and public safety. Our shop foreman also keeps an eye on these events since they affect brake and tire replacement.”
Users can access all relevant event data through the alert. For instance, if there were a rollover-stability or sudden-deceleration event, a satellite map of the incident is provided along with pre- and post-incident trails, all of the particulars of the incident, the identity of the driver, the driver’s available hours of service (HOS), and their past 24-hour HOS activity. The last five safety events for the driver are also displayed to help assess the emergence of a negative trend.
Luckey Logistics operates 11 terminals, four warehouses, and five rail yards in addition to managing a 160-truck fleet, half of which are owner-operators. PeopleNet is installed in all 80 company-owned trucks, which according to Barnwell, “expands our staff’s capabilities and allows us to run lean with a 15-person staff. We’re looking forward to an iPad app for fault code monitoring as well. Standard fault code reporting alone has significantly reduced jumpstarts this winter. We know that an alert app will help contain maintenance expenses.”
Randy Boyles, PeopleNet senior vice president of Tailored Solutions, said “Safety and maintenance managers appreciate the immediacy and detail that EventAlerter provides. They know they’re getting all the information they need when they need it, whether they knew they needed it or not. The beauty of this app is that it synthesizes information from multiple places into a single, comprehensive alert at their fingertips.”