LAS VEGAS. Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) and PeopleNet have teamed up for a new in-cab scanning solution to expedite customer billing. The announcement was made at the Truckload Carriers Assn. meeting being held here this week.

ACS, a Xerox Company, said the solution is an automated indexing solution for PeopleNet users that eliminates costs and time associated with out-of-route miles, unreliability of other submission methods and manual data entry errors by drivers.

ACS TripPak Scanning combines the capabilities of PeopleNet’s communications as well as Pacos geofencing and automated messaging integration with ACS’s existing imaging integrations and document management infrastructure.

“In-cab scanning gives drivers the added convenience of completing their paperwork without ever having to leave their truck,” said Kelley Walkup, division vp & gm of ACS. “Giving drivers another way to quickly and easily submit their paperwork improves the bottom line for any carrier.”

Drivers scan documents directly from the cab on the scanner, which is connected to the PeopleNet BLU device, which sends the information directly to the back office.

ACS also introduced a new smart-phone application that allows drivers to image and process paperwork from any locations with cell-phone coverage.

Using the TripPak Mobile smart-phone application, drivers simply use their phone camera and specially designed clipboard to capture and send high-quality images of their paperwork. The documents are sent through the TripPak processing portal, which records the image and forwards it to the appropriate department within the fleet.

This new smart phone mobile solution is the first of its kind and supports ACS’ commitment to make life on the road easier for drivers, while creating a better bottom line for carriers,” said Walkup. “We constantly look at innovative ideas that enable the transportation industry to offer better service at a lower cost. No other company can offer this type of technology and ease of use in capturing and transmitting documents.”