PeopleNet analyzes issues fueling debate over BYOD vs. COPE ownership

PeopleNet announced the availability of a new in-depth analysis of the issues surrounding the trucking industry's debate over fleet mobility options with specific focus on BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) versus COPE (Company-owned Personally Enabled) communication device ownership. The paper combines the company's industry association leadership with its extensive committee participation in government and legislative issues surrounding safety, regulatory and technology issues. PeopleNet's executive team continues to help drive industry-related policies and direction by sharing its industry expertise through committee and board positions in the American Trucking Association, National Private Truck Council (NPTC), Truckload Carriers Association, as well as committee involvement in regulatory committees. The company has more Certified Trucking Professionals (CTPs) than any other NPTC member.

"This is a red-hot topic being driven by the onslaught of smart communication devices, and it can be quite confusing," said PeopleNet president Brian McLaughlin. "In addition to drowning in information about fleet-management solutions and struggling with selecting an ownership model that fits their current needs, fleets must consider how the model will support their growth. From this comprehensive analysis from both driver and management perspectives, we developed thought-leading insights will help fleets intelligently assess the technology landscape."

Following the history, evolution and general description of BYOD and COPE ownership, the document chronicles the impact of both models on fleet operations, network and data security, support, productivity, safety, costs and more. It addresses two key questions: Should drivers be allowed to connect their personally owned devices to the company network? Should drivers be allowed to use company-owned devices for personal as well as business use?