PeopleNet's Tablet in-cab/portable computing system now provides secure, fleet-managed wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) access and web browsing.

In making the announcement at the Truckload Carriers Association's Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla., this week, PeopleNet President Brian McLaughlin explained that this system allows fleets to manage their drivers' Internet access via the device. For instance, fleets can authorize certain Wi-Fi hotspots, and can manage a "white list" of approved websites, such as company intranets or load boards.

"The addition of Wi-Fi to cell and satellite communications provides fleets another option for efficiently communicating and exchanging data with their drivers," McLaughlin said. "PeopleNet's proxy server ensures that all devices and stored data are secure, and that data sent to the driver is scanned for potential viruses."

Wi-Fi connectivity combined with Tablet's portability offers drivers the opportunity to connect to a wireless network from virtually anywhere, including the comfort of a hotel room, inside a truckstop, or any hot spot, where there may be a stronger, faster, more reliable Internet connection away from the vehicle. In addition, Tablet's open platform incorporates the most current Windows 7-based technology.