The xTablet T7000, a rugged tablet PC from MobileDemand, will serve as the base computer for PeopleNet’s new Tablet in-cab PC. The T7000 offers the power of Intel processing and a full Microsoft Windows operating system in a portable handheld device. It has achieved IP65, MIL-STD 810G certification, MobileDemand said.
“To gain a competitive advantage, firms are looking at systems such as the Tablet to meet the demand for faster workflow, improved cash flow and increased driver efficiency,” said Matt Voda, PeopleNet vp of product management. “Some fleets are seeing Tablet as an opportunity to replace their current technology with an open Windows 7-based platform that offers longevity and optional portability. Others see Tablet’s arrival as the right time to adopt technology for the first time. They are impressed with the built-in, time-saving features and the additional cost-saving efficiencies that integration with the back office offers,” Voda continues.
Tablet was honored by Frost & Sullivan at this year’s National Private Truck Council Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition as its 2011 New Product Innovation Award for revolutionizing driver efficiency and workflow management.
The Tablet runs all of PeopleNet’s applications, including automatic vehicle location and vehicle management, eDriver Logs, in-cab navigation, automated messaging and speed monitoring. While it can be mounted in a truck cab, it can also be removed quickly to serve as a mobile computer that provides information on customer histories, view and change orders; it can accept customer signatures to serve as proof-of-delivery; or be used to photograph damaged goods to protect carriers from claims.
Other advantages of the Tablet system, according to PeopleNet, are the access to DVIRs to give maintenance managers visibility to potential problems and ensure driver compliance; WiFi connectivity for faster downloads and access to hot spots to save on communication costs; GPS; and support for in-cab printing.
“PeopleNet is just the kind of company we enjoy working with. It’s taken our xTablet T7000, a best-in-class product in its own right, and layered on its dynamic application suite and value-added services to provide an industry leading fleet management solution that improves performance, work-flow, cash flow and gives its customers a competitive edge,” said Matt Miller, MobileDemand president. “Early sales success indicates that PeopleNet truly understands the needs of its market and develops systems to address them.”