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Multi-bus Adapter expands data collection

PeopleNet announced a new Vehicle Management Multi-bus Adapter that expands vehicle data collection to J1939 fields to enhance information reporting, scorecards, and dashboards.

According to Ron Konezny, PeopleNet chief executive officer, “As vehicle manufacturers continue the move toward providing only J1939 engine data via the ECM and reduce support for J1708, fleets need the flexibility to communicate with either data bus using a single hardware solution. With the Multi-bus Adapter, PeopleNet collects data from both data networks simultaneously. Customers realize cost savings and maintenance simplicity with a single hardware configuration for their entire fleet of both new and older vehicles.”

The Multi-bus Adapter captures new information such as top gear, seat belt use, cruise, and engine load. These data elements drive advanced analysis of driver and vehicle performance across PeopleNet's reports, scorecards, and Vusion analytics to improve driver safety and fleet fuel efficiency.

The Multi-bus Adapter also enables real-time integration with stability control systems from Bendix and Meritor/WABCO that communicate via J1939, providing visibility of critical driving events and greatly improved fleet safety. In addition, the Multi-bus Adapter makes integration easier between the PeopleNet onboard computer and other third-party systems, such as lane departure warning, tire pressure monitoring, and onboard cameras.

Many vehicles misreport power take-off (PTO) event start and stop times through the engine cable monitor. By directly connecting to the PTO switch, the Multi-bus Adapter drives improved fuel efficiency and fuel tax reporting precision by collecting data with 100% accuracy.

The Vehicle Management Multi-bus Adapter consolidates data from the J1708/1587 data bus, J1939 data bus, CAN data bus, as well as PTO switch data. Collected data is delivered to the PeopleNet onboard computer via the standard vehicle connection. This single-integration approach also helps fleets address the decline of vehicles being manufactured with the J1708 data bus.

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