MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the medium and heavy commercial vehicle telematics market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes PeopleNet, a Trimble company and leading provider of fleet mobility technology, with the 2014 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for Company of the Year. Acknowledging the opportunities created by regulations mandating the use of telematics, PeopleNet rolled out a slew of market expansion measures, such as launching the Precision Mobility Platform and expanding its addressable market in the energy services sector. Significantly, it also added off-the-shelf ruggedized devices to its list of handhelds and partnered with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
PeopleNet's focus in 2013 was to drive analytics and product feature integrations through sister companies such as VUSION, TMW systems, ALK Technologies, and GEOtrac. It signed partnerships with Volvo and Navistar, which use PeopleNet data and, in some cases, VUSION analytics tools to predict a truck's life cycle, breakdowns, and remote diagnostics, helping PeopleNet grow organically.
PeopleNet also increased its focus on smaller fleets by renewing agreements with resellers. With over 2,000 customers and an installed base of nearly 250,000 units, the company has had consistent growth over the past five years.
"To avoid overwhelming customers with options, PeopleNet launched its custom reporting capability in 2013, allowing fleet managers to create their own dropdown reporting tools by slicing and dicing the data warehouse and configuring their dashboards," said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Nandini Tare. "In addition, PeopleNet developed segment-specific workflow tools for drivers, which take them step-by-step through their daily process."PeopleNet addressed the hours of service change implemented in 2013 by updating its electronic driver log module. This module allows drivers to fax or email their electronic log books to local law enforcement at the touch of a button. PeopleNet also delivers collision avoidance and lane departure information data to on-board event reporting tools, while its energy suite has expanded to include leased-roads mapping, an energy dispatch portal, in-cab scorecards, and driver coaching tools.