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ORBCOMM enhances tracking

March 10, 2020
New smart truck, trailer technology includes dual-mode satellite backup, Bluetooth Low Energy sensors, cargo camera

ORBCOMM recently showcased its latest smart truck and trailer telematics innovations, including newly equipped dual-mode satellite backup for its next-generation trailer tracking solution.

The mobile network provider said its most recent enhancements are aimed at meeting the evolving demands placed on truckload carriers to ensure electronic logging device (ELD) compliance, improve driver safety and productivity, and maximize cargo visibility into load status and integrity.

The new dual-mode satellite backup is one of several new developments for ORBCOMM’s trailer tracking solution, the company said, helping drivers stay connected in unreliable conditions and remote geographies.

ORBCOMM also added new Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) sensors to its trailer tracking to help gather additional smart data from assets move through the supply chain. The new BLE sensors provide temperature and humidity data monitoring for sensitive cargo, trailer ID information to ensure tractors and trailers are paired correctly, and alerts when a sensor detects rapid fuel loss due to a mechanical failure or theft. 

Additionally, ORBCOMM’s new camera cargo sensor for dry freight trailers and intermodal containers utilizes its BLE technology. Based on machine learning applications, the sensor uses image recognition to monitor loaded and unloaded status, load condition and cleanout verification, along with events triggered by motion, such as door openings and closings.

The new camera cargo sensor can be used with single- or dual-camera systems in trailer and container sides, roofs and doors (inside and outside). The sensor is powered by a solar module, with the option of an external power connection for recharging. 

Updates to the company’s advanced truck solutions include:

  • ORBCOMM’s in-cab devices have received third-party certification to meet the highest possible standards of ELD compliance. Unlike providers that chose to self-certify, ORBCOMM is committed to ensuring customers have complete confidence in knowing its products meet all the necessary ELD requirements and provide a high-performance, ROI-driven solution for the long term. In addition, ORBCOMM started the third-party certification process to meet the Canadian ELD Mandate requirements prescribed by Transport Canada, which will be effective in June 2021.
  • ORBCOMM’s ELD solution for trucks and vehicles now is powered by a ruggedized mobile device from Samsung to create a productivity hub and driver ecosystem that helps retain drivers, boost customer satisfaction through better service and reduce costs with improved asset and resource utilization. By locating internal and third-party productivity and efficiency apps together on a Samsung device, fleets can connect drivers, schedules, assets, back office and customers, all on one in-cab screen. 
  • ORBCOMM’s truck management solution soon will feature an in-cab camera, which allows for near real-time visibility into incidents to streamline the accident reconstruction process and address high-risk driving behavior.

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