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IoT Router Solutions: 4 Key Networking Considerations

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Router solutions for IoT networkingIf you have a business that requires wireless LTE connectivity for low- or high-bandwidth situations, internet failover, or in-vehicle networks, there are several things to consider before choosing a solution that can save you headaches in the long term.

The right IoT router solution gives your business reliable connectivity when you need it most. It keeps machines and processes connected, branches linked and transactions flowing. It ensures critical data is always captured and transmitted when it needs to be.

Below are some of the most common scenarios for which having the right IoT router solution is key.

Low-bandwidth networks: Point-of-sale machines, ATMs, digital signage, vending machines, payment machines, mobile shops and kiosks, security cameras and small offices

High-bandwidth networks: Medium/branch offices, restaurants, medical clinics and hospitals, construction sites and temporary/pop-up locations

In-vehicle networks: Charter buses, government vehicles, utility vehicles, police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, public transportation and heavy equipment

IoT router use cases

However, these days the right IoT router solution is more than just choosing the right device. Software and services are a defining factor – cloud-based management, VPN capabilities, intrusion protection and firewalls, and of course warranty and support should all be factored in to selecting the right solution.

Without reliable connectivity and the right router solution, any one of these scenarios is at risk.

Here are 4 things to consider when choosing an IoT router solution:

  1. There are now a wide range of LTE modules, each with different performance speeds and capabilities. Do you require LTE-Advanced, xLTE, Cat1 LTE or 3G failback for your applications?
  2. Are you looking for mobile usage that can be hardwired into a vehicle, or a router than has the ports, performance and features, such as Wi-Fi and advanced firewall capabilities, to run your entire business?
  3. Does your router solution come from a single point of contact that includes hardware, connectivity, services and support? Or are you sourcing all or some of these components separately? Many companies these days are opting for a one-stop-shop, which can save costs and eliminate headaches if something goes wrong and support is required.
  4. Are you prepared for the future by selecting a product that is software upgradable, provides adequate bandwidth capabilities for future needs, offers a long term warranty and support, and is feature rich for future growth?

cradlepoint router for iot networkingWhile there is a great deal to consider to get that perfect router solution in place, ORBCOMM can help get you on the right track. For example, we’ve just recently announced new packaged LTE router solutions for IoT networking, branch/failover and in-vehicle Wi-Fi. Customers benefit from a turnkey, end-to-end solution from a single point of contact, and receive ready-to-deploy equipment that’s activated, configured and tested with three years of warranty and support.

From one router to thousands, the entire process is streamlined, saving you time and money while ensuring the best possible solution and pricing.

For more information and a free assessment of your business needs, contact us at sales@orbcomm.com

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7 Oil & Gas Assets that Need Remote Monitoring

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oil & gas fleet safetyOil and gas sites require a lot of equipment that often operates in remote locations, making it challenging for energy companies to keep track of operations. To manage some of these complexities, operators are deploying devices that monitor and collect data from field equipment to ensure proper operation, automate processes, and deploy quick corrective measures when issues are detected.

Optimizing operations by remotely tracking oil field equipment

Using a system that works across all operations, energy companies can get production data and notifications on any critical events without the need to dispatch field personnel.

Oil & gas monitoring

Here are seven types of oil and gas asset monitoring that can lead to improved operational efficiencies and cost savings:

1: Compressor Monitoring

Uninterrupted operation of this vital equipment is imperative for profitability. Compressor downtime can cost thousands of dollars per hour in lost production. Often, energy companies don’t know when their production wellhead compressors have stopped functioning unless someone drives to the site and checks on status.

Remote monitoring of compressors helps companies ensure equipment is working at peak capacity. Pressure and temperature readings, as well as reliable and timely information on run-time hours, make it possible to manage production and schedule maintenance activities.

Energy companies can also track shutdown codes and remotely diagnose a problem before dispatching a technician. This increases the likelihood of fixing a problem during the first visit and helps ensure technicians have the right parts, procedures and equipment upon arrival. Fewer visits translate into labor and transportation savings for energy companies.

2: Tank Monitoring

tank monitoringThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that that there are approximately 1.3 million regulated underground storage tanks in the United States, while the American Petroleum Institute (API) estimates there are about 700,000 petroleum storage tanks. Whether they hold oil, condensate liquids or saltwater, tanks can leak, overflow or spill. When this happens, not only do tank owners have the social and environmental responsibility to clean up the damage, they may also be subjected to regulatory fines.

Both above-and-below-ground tanks can be remotely monitored to avoid these costly problems. Level sensors connected to IoT devices can report when the contents of a tank have reached a high level and need to be emptied. These sensors can also be used to detect possible corrosion and leaks when unexplained low levels are detected. Also, remotely monitoring pumps and their power sources can be a cost-effective way to ensure that overflow doesn’t happen.

3: LACT Meter Monitoring

Lease Automatic Custody Transfer (LACT) meters are critical instruments in the ownership transfer of petroleum products from production to gathering companies. Their volume readings help companies determine how much oil is being moved and what to charge. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), in 2015 there were over 600,000 active oil well sites throughout the United States.

Many of these sites are in remote areas where there is little infrastructure and it can take many hours even days of driving to reach them. Remotely monitoring the LACT meters at these sites is the only cost-effective way to accurately bill customers based on volume without physically visiting the site.

4: Rectifier Monitoring

Used in cathodic protection systems for pipelines, tanks, wells and other critical equipment, rectifiers send a current through the exterior of the pipe to keep it from corroding. It is important to monitor the current and voltage sent from these rectifiers in order to lengthen the life of the pipeline and reduce the risk of leaks. Remote monitoring of cathodic protection systems also helps maximize the life of the pipeline network, preventing premature failure by corrosion. Through remote monitoring of rectifiers, pipeline companies reduce the need to physically drive to remote sites to take voltage and current readings. Automated remote monitoring also creates an auditable record trail of pipeline health data, which is legislated in most countries.

5: Test Point Monitoring

Test points measure pipe-to-soil potential to certify effective cathodic protection. Like rectifiers, test points need to be monitored and configured on a regular basis to lengthen the life of underground pipelines and tanks, as well as to reduce the risk of leaks.

According to the EIA, there are over 305,000 miles (488,000 km) of interstate and intrastate transmission pipelines. The cost of driving to these sites and checking test points along the vast network can be very costly. Automated remote monitoring of this equipment can pay off very quickly. Remote monitoring solutions can collect data from multiple rectifiers and test points, and send it as frequently as required to increase the efficiency of the system and comply with regulations.

6: PIG Monitoring

Pipeline Inspection Gauges (PIGs) are devices that run inside the pipelines and take readings and pictures to detect anomalies or corrosion that may lead to leaks or bursts. Using tracking devices along pipelines and GPS-synch time and location technology, technicians can align PIG readings with exact location, helping them improve the accuracy of PIG readings and reduce the time and costs associated with doing PIG runs.

pipeline monitoring

7: Gas Meter Monitoring

For large commercial and industrial consumers, a continuous and guaranteed supply of natural gas is a must to keep the business operating. For suppliers of natural gas, being able to predict demand helps them balance how much product they need to purchase and deliver against cash flow.

The remote monitoring of gas meters can help meet the demands of both consumers and suppliers. By gathering daily usage data, supply companies can use the information to forecast purchases by date, quantity and cost. Not only does this enable efficient cash flow management, but it also increases customer satisfaction by allowing suppliers to ensure a steady supply at the most competitive rate.

Which oil & gas remote monitoring system?

scada monitoringThere are many remote monitoring systems in the market and it is important to choose the one that best meets your operational needs. Some considerations when selecting a solution include:

Equipment Interface
Reliable and accurate collection of data from equipment is critical for a remote monitoring solution to meet its promised value. Look for solutions that connect to multiple equipment interfaces and can be configured to report at the frequency that meets your company’s requirements.

Human Interface
Look for a solution that offers a cloud-based interface so that an authorized user can view the data from a portal or mobile device. Also, a solution that delivers alerts by email, text message or phone helps ensure the appropriate personnel are notified.

Power
Not all remote sites have access to power. Look for monitoring solutions that use a power source that works with the equipment already in use. For example, a unit paired with a rectifier can run off the rectifier’s power source or requirements. A tank level monitor can be solar powered. Also, having a back-up battery or a solar option is important where power outages might occur.

Costs
Evaluate both the initial and ongoing costs when considering a remote monitoring solution. The remoteness of a location and number of assets being monitored must be taken into account when choosing a solution. Often, deploying a full-scale SCADA system in a remote area can be cost- prohibitive. Look for a solution that can still meet the local monitoring and control functions that the company requires, without the financial burden.

Communications
There are many communication options available in the market. Look for a solution that functions with multiple communication modes. A solution that includes cellular and satellite messaging will provide cost-effective options for areas with and without terrestrial coverage. Back-up communication when the primary network fails is key to ensuring uninterrupted visibility of operations.

Reports and Data Integration
A solution with customizable reports will convert data into important information. Integrating data into existing enterprise systems will also ensure that everyone from accounting, production and maintenance can understand what is happening at remote sites in order to increase profitability.

To learn more about ORBCOMM’s portfolio for the energy sector, contact us at sales@orbcomm.com and be sure to visit us at Booth 1971 of DistribuTECH, January 23-25 in San Antonio, Texas.

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Industrial IoT Innovations and Insights: ORBCOMM 2017 Year in Review

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2017 was an exceptionally busy year for ORBCOMM, with new clients, projects, products and acquisitions combining to further strengthen our position as the most comprehensive global provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions.

Before we embark on another busy year shaking things up in the world of fleet and equipment telematics, here is a look back at the year that was in connecting our key markets with the power of the IoT…

Connected industry

In November, ORBCOMM surpassed two million industrial IoT subscribers spanning the transportation & distribution, heavy equipment, maritime, oil and gas and government sectors. This is a significant milestone that reflects both the overall global growth in IoT adoption and ORBCOMM’s expanded market penetration in industrial IoT. It also reflects ORBCOMM’s widening geographical reach (for example, in July, we teamed up with MCN to offer IsatData Pro (IDP) service in China).

From connecting transportation, construction and maritime assets, to providing IoT connectivity for everything from smart grids to smart footwear, ORBCOMM saw growth from both traditional and emerging markets last year. Read more ›

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Top 10 Industrial IoT Articles of 2017

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iot supply chain webinar2017 was a big year in the world of industrial Internet of Things (IoT), with advances in hardware, sensors, software and analytics that are providing unprecedented visibility for fleet/equipment owners and operators.

As a global leader in industrial IoT, M2M and fleet telematics, ORBCOMM has been following these trends closely, bringing our own unique insights to the issues that matter to you most.

We poured over our own analytics to extract the top IoT articles that had our readers clicking (and talking) in 2017.

Here are our Top 10 Industrial IoT Articles of 2017:

1. What the Next Stage of the IoT Means for Supply Chain Management
By incorporating IoT technologies and solutions into the supply chain network, we can seamlessly connect business processes, such as shipping and receiving, with people, data and things, such as pallets, containers and transportation trailers; to run these networks at maximum efficiency.

iot technology

IoT technology makes it possible to comply with regulations that require visibility and traceability throughout the entire supply chain

2. Digitizing Container Supply Chains: Why Live Data from the IoT Holds the Key
A wave of change is coming to container supply chains both on land and, increasingly, at sea, driven on the one hand by rapid advances in the cloud, digitization, automation and autonomous traffic, and on the other by evolving market dynamics.

connected containers

A wave of change is coming to container supply chains, driven on the one hand by rapid advances in the cloud, digitization, automation and autonomous traffic, and on the other by evolving market dynamics.

3. Transforming Dry Van Trailer Operations with the IoT
IoT solutions are adding intelligence to road transport operations and ‘turning the lights on’ on cargo hauling equipment. Assets that once went dark while on the road or at a customer’s yard, can now report real-time location and status periodically or on demand.

4. AIS Meets IoT: How Technology is Set to Transform Global Ocean Trade
Discover the evolution of vessel tracking and monitoring technology and look into the future of smart global ocean trade and supply chains, harnessing satellite AIS, IoT connectivity and big data to deliver unprecedented levels of visibility and control.

5. Heavy Equipment Fleet Analytics and ‘Deep Learning’ Take Predictive Maintenance to the Next Level
Recent headlines have illustrated that big data and analytics are in the mainstream.  This is all pretty heady stuff, but what does it mean for the heavy equipment OEM, fleet owner, rental company or line manager?

construction equipment big data

Applying analytics to aggregated heavy equipment data is where new and important insights can be found and where business outcomes can be improved.

satellite IoT myths6. Why Satellite for IoT? Six Key Advantages
Satellite is undergoing a renaissance of late, where we’ve seen a number of constellation renewals as well as a lot of talk of new constellations. Yet, with cellular coverage becoming more ubiquitous, the question remains, “why satellite”?

7. ELDs: Five Reasons Beyond Compliance for Solution Implementation
Despite some initial obstacles, carriers who have fully adjusted to life with ELDs are finding that digitization and new technology adoption present an opportunity for commercial fleets to drive better efficiencies and improve profitability.

8. Q&A: Remote Monitoring of Smart Grid Infrastructure
Utility companies are constantly seeking new ways to improve field data reliability and availability, so it’s no surprise that satellite is becoming the smart grid technology of choice where accurate, real-time information is critical, especially from remote sites.

smart grid monitoring

Satellite-based monitoring solutions allow electricity distribution companies to ensure proper operation of equipment in areas with limited cellular coverage.

asset tracking webinar9. FSMA Compliance: Seven Features to Look for in a Temperature Management Solution
The US FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has introduced a series of stringent new requirements on food transporters, who are turning to technology to enable comprehensive temperature management and compliance in their fleets.

10. Five Reasons to Onboard Trailer Telematics Technology
Communication networks and devices have become both more reliable and affordable over the past few years, making it more technically feasible and financially viable for trucking companies to capture and transmit data in real-time in order to make their assets smarter, more visible and connected.

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The ELD Mandate is Here: Now What?

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eld complianceToday, December 18, 2017,  the FMCSA’s Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate deadline finally kicks in. Motor carriers who were required to maintain Records of Duty Status (RODS) before now had until today to switch from paper and logging software to electronic logging devices to track Hours of Service (HOS). 

Today also marks the start of the second phase of ELD implementation, “phase-in compliance”.  While the use of ELDs is mandatory from today, fleets with existing AOBRDs (Automatic On-Board Recording Devices) have been grandfathered during Phase 2 for two years until December 2019.  

The ELD Mandate has arrived: What happens from today?  

The FMCSA will start to implement the long-awaited rules and inspectors could issue citations for non-compliance from today. The CVSA, which enforces the regulations, plans to begin enforcement immediately – but with some discretion.  

Although the ELD mandate becomes official today, the period up to April 1, 2018 is seen as a transitionary time. Drivers, carriers and inspectors will require time for training and practical interactions with the new ELD technology. For example, there will be no significant impact on the FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety and Accountability scores (CSA) until April 1, 2018. Drivers and carriers who are hit with ELD-related citations for non-compliance during roadside inspection won’t have points assigned against them in the CSA scoring system.

eld device

Neither will drivers be put out-of-service. The 10-hour out-of-service violation associated with non-compliance with the Mandate will not begin until April 1, 2018. However, it is likely that fines may still be distributed to drivers and carriers for serious violations that are discovered – and that ELD and Hours of Service enforcement will still occur. 

Waivers have also been agreed with various groups. The U.S. DOT has officially given drivers hauling livestock and other agriculture commodities a 90-day temporary waiver from ELD compliance. This will allow the agency some more time to better examine the agricultural industry’s concerns over the new rules. Drivers will need to have a link or a copy of this waiver in the cab with them. In the last few days, the FMCSA has also announced a 90-day exemption for short-term rental trucks.

ELD options for carriers from Today 

electronic logging deviceFor fleets already installed with AOBRDs, the good news is that all units currently installed with AOBRDs can remain with AOBRD devices until December 17, 2019.  

Some fleets can see several advantages to this position, including fewer steps for edits to RODs status, the reliability of existing hardware and software, the familiarity of drivers with existing functionality and the ability to provide electronic records to roadside inspectors in a simpler way.  

However, carriers using AOBRDs that were installed prior to today can continue to use these only on vehicles which don’t increase the fleet’s size. If a fleet grows, ELDs will need to be installed on all new vehicles after today. By December 2019, ELDs will need to be installed on all vehicles.  

ORBCOMM’s Blue Tree Customers are ready 

Across North America, thousands of trucks are equipped with ORBCOMM’s Blue Tree ELD capable solutions 

For fleets wishing to switch to ELDs, ORBCOMM’s Blue Tree ELD is registered and certified with the FMCSA. Switching from AOBRD will be straightforward. All current BT500/Android devices are ELD capable without having to touch the truck. We will update fleets with over-the-air updates to transform AOBRDs into ELDs; there will be no need for a new hardware or in-cab installation. 

To help customers with driver implementation, we will continue to create options for training as we move into 2018. It is the goal of our organization to aid all our users as they work diligently to adopt and use new technologies and adhere to new regulations.   

Training will need to be arranged for drivers for the ELD requirements which will impact on them. Topics will include presenting logs at the roadside to inspectors, being able to operate RODs transfer options by email or web services, knowing how to deal with unassigned miles, learning about accepting RODs edits completed by the back office, and understanding and learning what to do with a malfunctioning device. Understanding new parameters around yard moves and personal conveyancing will also need to be covered.    

Why choose ORBCOMM’s Blue Tree ELD solution? 

e-log solutionIf there are carriers that still need to choose an ELD – or carriers who are considering moving from their current AOBRD vendor – ORBCOMM’s Blue Tree ELD has been a very popular choice during the first phase of ELDs.    

Regarded as one of the most driver-friendly ELDs on the market, the Blue Tree ELD is loved by drivers who have found its modern look and feel easy to use and quick to learn. Training takes as little as 15 minutes. Simple log editing means that drivers can quickly, easily and legally edit their non-drive duty logs to correct mistakes. This combines with a comprehensive, in sync, back office solution for dispatchers and compliance managers, who can solve issues like missing miles and log editing in the most productive ways. 

Learn more about ORBCOMM’s Blue Tree ELD solution.

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In October 2017, ORBCOMM acquired BlueTree Systems, a world-class transportation management solution provider with the most advanced and user friendly ELD/HOS solution on the market for medium to large sized fleets. To learn more, visit www2.orbcomm.com/eld or email us at eld@orbcomm.com.

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New in Fleet Safety: Using Anticipation to Improve Driver Behavior, One Brake Press at a Time

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Driver and fleet safety is a top priority for trucking companies today. We hear it every day from our customers, which is why driver safety features prominently in our solution portfolio. One such example is the new driver anticipation data and analysis available through our Blue Tree FleetManager.com telematics platform.

What is Driver Anticipation?

Anticipation measures the time taken before the brake is pressed after a driver lifts their foot off the accelerator. Each of these events is banded together and analyzed. The data is then compiled to deliver an Anticipation score. 

This Anticipation score contributes to the measurement of safer truck driving. Large numbers of events of a short duration, (e.g. less than one second) shows that the driver has to react too rapidly to events instead of the opposite; a controlled braking event. A lower Anticipation score is better as it suggests that the truck driver is anticipating the road ahead.

Anticipation can be used to measure truck drivers on a short-term or long-term basis. They can be reviewed over any time period (for example, over one week as well as over longer periods of time such as months or years). 

Anticipation is a strong fleet safety indicator. It contributes to data which can indicate which drivers are more likely to have an accident. A high Anticipation score indicates that the driver is not anticipating that they may need to stop in a few seconds, instead of reacting too late to an event. Lower Anticipation scores over time can help fleet managers address problems before they crop up.  

Anticipation For Drivers  

Truck drivers already have a tough enough job with plenty of demands put on them daily. Anticipation is a way to assist drivers in identifying the habits that could be risky so they can work on changing them.   

Anticipation data is available as a performance metric or a safety metric and is available to the driver on in-cab devices.  

fleet safety through driver anticipation

  • It is one of the scores which contributes to overall the Safety score in the Driver Performance scores section  
  • The Safety score is consistently updated and is available to the driver at the end of their trip
  • The score compares drivers to their peers

Increasing Safety with Anticipation

Built as a way to identify and correct poor driving habits, Anticipation is as important for fleet managers as it is for driversIt is a coaching tool to identify individual and long-term instances of this behavior. Fleet managers can leverage Anticipation data to feed into fleet safety and driver training programs.

safe driving habits

This driver is demonstrating excellent anticipation skills. They are managing their braking activity well in respect of the road ahead.

Actions from Anticipation  

The data available to fleet managers is extensive. Anticipation is one way to leverage this data in a comprehensive and easy-to-digest way. Anticipation offers many benefits:   

  1. Improve driver behavior: Anticipation is a strong fleet safety indicator. It highlights drivers who may be more likely to have an accident so fleet managers can address problems before they arise. A poor Anticipation score indicates that the driver is not expecting that they may need to stop in a few seconds, instead of reacting too late to an event.  
  2. Reduce wear and tear on brakes: Anticipation can be used to monitor the inappropriate use of braking. Learning which drivers are doing this frequently can help to address the issue and alter behavior to reduce wear and tear.  
  3. Increase fuel efficiency: A good Anticipation score suggests a more fuel-efficient driving style. By easing off on the accelerator, the vehicle can come to a natural stop. The distance traveled in this state are known as “free miles”.  
unsafe driver behavior

This driver is demonstrating poor anticipation behavior. The low Anticipation score suggests the driver spends a lot of time moving quickly between brake and accelerator and is reacting to the road ahead.

Anticipation data is compiled in various reports in FleetManager.com. It feeds into driver scoring, where each driver is compared and scored against each other. . 

To learn more about what FleetManager.com has to offer, visit the Blue Tree website or email us at sales@orbcomm.com.

In October 2017, ORBCOMM acquired BlueTree Systems, a global leader in enterprise fleet management software for the trucking and transportation industries. To learn more, visit www.bluetreesystems.com

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Heavy Equipment Fleet Analytics and ‘Deep Learning’ Take Predictive Maintenance to the Next Level

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construction telematics appRecent headlines from the Wall Street Journal (The Big-Data Future Has Arrived) and Washington Post (Analytics puts midmarket companies in the big leagues) have illustrated that big data and analytics are in the mainstream.  This is all pretty heady stuff, but what does it mean for the heavy equipment OEM, fleet owner, rental company or line manager.

Today, it’s a given that heavy equipment is equipped with telematics devices that provide detailed machine data. This data includes engine oil, transmission and brake temperature, engine RPM, speed, tire pressure, fuel consumption, emission levels among others. Depending on the manufacturer and telematics provider, more or less data is available.

Predictive Analytics is the practice of extracting valuable information from this data to determine patterns and predict future outcomes and trends. Predictive analytics does not predict the future but forecasts what might happen with an acceptable level of certainty. This technology learns from experience to predict the future behavior of assets to drive better decisions.

Consider traditional ways that vehicles are maintained.  Fleets are put on a time-based preventative maintenance program where the oil is changed and parts are replaced based on elapsed time or mileage/hours used. This works well for normal wear and tear but does not help with random failures.

construction equipment big data

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Intermodal and IoT: 5 Reasons They are a Match Made in Heaven

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remote container managementAs we prepare for the annual Intermodal Europe conference taking place this year in Amsterdam from 28-30 November, our thoughts turn to the current and future role of digitalisation and the Internet of Things (IoT) in fostering modal shift.

According to the EU, road freight transport in Europe is projected to increase by around 40% by 2030 and over 80% by 2050. Not surprisingly, taking freight traffic off the roads is therefore a key policy priority for the European Union (EU) to help alleviate pollution, congestion, noise, accidents and climate change, ensure the free flow of goods and help Europe to remain competitive with other parts of the world. Meanwhile, long-haul intermodal rail is a central pillar of the Chinese government’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative to create a new Eurasian transport network.

Whether you call it multimodal, intermodal or combined transport, the goal of moving more of Europe’s goods by modes other than road is a long-cherished one. Unfortunately, progress over the years has been negligible. Latest EU figures indicate that the split of traffic between road, rail and inland waterway is virtually unchanged in the last decade. In 2015, road made up 75.8 percent of all freight transport, versus 76.3 percent in 2006. Inland waterway has crept up from 5.7 to 6.3 percent over the same period, while rail has in fact declined slightly, from 18 to 17.9 percent.

So, how can digitalisation and the IoT make a difference to intermodal? It’s a big topic that we will be discussing during Intermodal Europe in the Smart Shipping Focus panel, but here are 5 reasons intermodal and IoT and a match made in heaven: Read more ›

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ELD News: FMSCA Says ELD Violations Will Not Impact CSA Scores Until April 2018

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eld complianceIn a new development late yesterday, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) officials announced a further relaxation to the full introduction to ELDs by stating that ELD violations will not count towards CSA scores until April 1, 2018.

This will be implemented by citations at the roadside being regarded as “no points citations”, which will not affect the Safety Management System (SMS) that feeds into CSA scores. The SMS is the FMCSA’s workload prioritization tool. It is used to identify carriers with potential safety problems for interventions as part of the Agency’s safety compliance and enforcement program called Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA).

FMCSA officials also suggested that local officials might not actually use citations during the ELD introduction, but this could vary by state and jurisdiction.

Why the Change?

The reasons for this change are likely to be related to observations made on both sides of citation transactions: carriers and roadside enforcement. It is highly unlikely that some carriers will be 100% ELD compliant before December 18, 2017 and the FMCSA is scheduled only to begin testing of its eRODS software at the end of November. The eRODS software is key for the data transfer from ELDs by the driver to the roadside official so that the records can be further evaluated.

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The result is that the time between December 18, 2017 through April 1, 2018 is increasingly seen as a transitionary period for both carriers and roadside enforcement. Space and time, for training and learning to use new technology, will be required on both sides given the significant increase of ELD technology systems which will be on the road.

Previously, the FMCSA and the CVSA had decided to delay the implementation of putting drivers out of service for ELD violations before April 1, 2018. Yesterday’s announcement went further than this, adding CSA scores to the mix.

Fines are one area where the FMCSA has not relented and which will continue to impact drivers and carriers from December 18, 2017. While citations may not affect CSA scores, accompanying ELD violation fines will still need to be paid.

Customers using ORBCOMM’s Blue Tree technology are already ahead of the curve on roadside inspections. As an AOBRD provider for many years, we have the experience and expertise of electronic logs to be able to get drivers, dispatchers, safety and compliance officers trained and familiar with our ELD in a short space of time. Supporting in-cab documentation is available and can contribute to favorable interactions and outcomes at the roadside.

In October 2017, ORBCOMM acquired BlueTree Systems, a world-class transportation management solution provider with the most advanced and user friendly ELD/HOS solution on the market for medium to large sized fleets. Learn More about our ELD here  or email us at eld@orbcomm.com .

 

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New in Satellite Tracking Technology: Introducing the Programmable ST 6100

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satellite tracking device kitThe ST 6100 is the first in a series of new programmable satellite terminals by ORBCOMM that builds on the technical foundation of the award-winning IsatData Pro terminals, to bring customers IDP functionality along with some great new enhancements.

The ST 6100 features a built-in accelerometer, expanded memory capacity, and support for additional navigation systems, in addition to all the great features available in the IDP-680 and IDP-690. A newly designed built-in antenna makes it suitable for both land and maritime deployments, which means you can now use the same device for marine applications.

satellite tracking terminal: ST 6100

The ST 6100 supports a wide range of industrial asset tracking applications across the transportation, energy, heavy equipment, mining and maritime sectors, where conditions are tough and connectivity is scarce. The environmentally-sealed ST 6100 delivers global connectivity over the IsatData Pro satellite network and can be installed on mobile assets operating under extreme conditions such as vehicles, railcars and marine vessels. ORBCOMM’s ST 6100 can also be used in SCADA applications across the oil and gas and utilities sectors to remotely monitor and control equipment, including reclosers, pipelines, flow meters, generators and tanks.

Four Reasons to Choose ST Series Satellite Terminals for Asset Tracking:

satellite for IoTEasy integration: With a broad set of integration tools, we make it easier for partners to bring their solutions to market. Our Starter Kit provides tools for the complete solution development cycle—development, testing and production, and includes a terminal, a simulation environment, an interface development board and more.

Versatile: The ST series terminals can be programmed to support a wide range of applications and customer requirements. A device can be used with ORBCOMM configurable applications for more basic deployments, or loaded with custom scripts for more complex installations.

Uninterrupted connectivity: The ST series supports global satellite connectivity over the IsatData Pro network, giving you peace of mind that assets won’t go ‘dark’ even if they operate in some of the world’s most isolated locations.

Comprehensive: Our next-generation terminals leverage the latest in IoT technology to future proof your solution and provide you with a comprehensive feature set at great value. ORBCOMM’s new ST 6100 features a built-in antenna suitable for both land and marine applications, an accelerometer, expanded memory capacity and enhanced support for navigation systems: GPS, Glonass and Beidou.

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Want to get started? Order a Starter Kit today or email us at sales@orbcomm.com

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