PeopleNet, TMW unveil collaborative, connected transportation Technologies at in.sight conference

Sept. 28, 2016

Thousands of representatives of for-hire and private fleets, brokers, 3PLs, heavy duty repair centers, and other transportation businesses were introduced to an array of collaborative and seamlessly connected telematics and TMS solutions on September 26 during the opening session of the inaugural PeopleNet and TMW Systems in.sight User Conference and Expo.

in.sight 2016 is an exclusive opportunity to explore the latest connected transportation technologies spanning Trimble’s broad T&L portfolio. TMW President David Wangler and PeopleNet President Brian McLaughlin demonstrated this extended value to customers by previewing a number of innovative multi-platform solutions. These included a powerful new driver-facing mobile app; the industry’s first comprehensive “journey management” application; and a universal, cloud-based solution that enables fleets to quickly and easily integrate PeopleNet data into their TMWSuite software. They also highlighted a new integration that will allow users of the web-based PeopleNet solution to simultaneously access critical information from their TMS software.

“This conference reflects an exciting new era for our companies and for transportation technology,” McLaughlin told the audience. “PeopleNet and TMW have long delivered significant business value on a solution-specific basis. Now we have connected critical tools and information within several solutions to provide a far more impactful user experience in terms of driving improved communication, efficiency and, ultimately, profitability.”

Wangler cited the elimination of traditional “swivel chair integration”--whereby users must switch between multiple applications and interfaces--as key to making better, faster decisions. “Being able to simultaneously view business-critical information from multiple platforms helps every member of a transportation enterprise save time while making choices that contribute to improved business performance,” he said.

McLaughlin and Wangler also pointed to the increased importance of integrating advanced business intelligence into transportation management systems (TMS) and fleet mobility solutions. “We are partnering with an ever expanding range of transportation businesses to collect and analyze operational data, define industry benchmarks and track emerging trends that can impact productivity and competitiveness,” Wangler said.

Connected solutions previewed during today’s opening session included:

ConnectedDriver Mobility App--A driver-facing application that provides custom, bi-directional messaging; dispatch and stop data; hours of service availability; driver pay; driver time-off; and other information. The cloud-based app, which has been available to drivers as a companion to the PeopleNet system, is now integrated with the TMWSuite platform.

TripInsight Solution--A comprehensive, cloud-based journey management solution that provides proactive decision support and uniquely accurate ETA and PTA to the back office and driver. The application manages around multiple variables influencing trip outcome, including hours of service calculation, route restrictions, over-the-road purchasing and rest stops.

TMW FleetConneX--A cloud-based universal solution that enables fleets to integrate mobile communication platforms into TMWSuite software without the need for costly on-premise servers or custom coding. FleetConneX is now available for fleets using TMWSuite software in conjunction with the PeopleNet solution.

PeopleNet Fleet Manager SSO Integration The companies now offer a single sign-on (SSO) capability that enables dispatchers using TMWSuite software to view PeopleNet driver log hours within a unified interface. This information is displayed in the context of other important data related to driver management.