PeopleNet adds ‘managed mobility’ service to ConnectedFleet platform

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Updated Mar 10, 2016

Samsung_ManagedMobility_RetouchedPeopleNet, a Trimble Company and leading provider of fleet mobility technology, announced a new service as part of its ConnectedFleet platform: Managed Mobility Solutions.

Through Managed Mobility Solutions, PeopleNet customers who support a Company-Owned, Personally Enabled (COPE) communications device strategy will be able to rely on encryption technology to deploy a multi-platform enterprise mobility management solution.

PeopleNet’s ConnectedFleet Managed Mobility Solution will be available for the first time with Samsung Electronics America, which will offer PeopleNet software on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A. Fleets who purchase this off-the-shelf Samsung Android tablet can deploy proprietary company apps and approved third-party programs on the same device that runs their PeopleNet software.

The partnership with Samsung is part of PeopleNet’s focus to address a market need for multi-platform accessibility and enterprise mobility management, the company says.

“Through our ConnectedFleet Managed Mobility Solution, we can support all applications a fleet chooses to install while maintaining end-to-end responsibility for our software,” said Tom Fansler, executive vice president, Product for PeopleNet. “Given the focus and priority on retaining drivers and giving them the tools they need, this solution gives drivers the flexibility to use the device on their own time, running their own personal applications, while giving companies the confidence that its work and proprietary software won’t be affected.”

If fleets do not use the mobility management service, connected devices will still be encrypted with Mobile Device Management (MDM) technology, PeopleNet says, but benefits of the PeopleNet-loaded Samsung tablets will include the ability to:

  • Easily manage business and personal apps running on the device
  • Remotely assist drivers during support cases and troubleshooting
  • Enhance user experience through customizable home-screens
  • Quickly secure and remove an in-cab device

The announcement was made at the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) 2016 Annual Convention being held in Las Vegas from March 6-9.