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IoT and M2M Solutions Webinar Coming Oct. 23!

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Gartner forecasts that there will more than 20 billion connected assets by 2020. But how do you take the promise of the Internet of Things and translate it into effective solutions that deliver more value for your customers—all while saving you time and increasing revenue?

Supercharge Your IoT and M2M Solutions

How VARs can quicken time to market, increase revenue and reduce complexity

Live Webinar
Tuesday, October 23

Two sessions to choose from:
October 23, 11:00 am EDT (October 23, 3:00 pm UTC) or
October 23, 9:00 pm EDT (October 24, 1:00 am UTC) 

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Join ORBCOMM for this informative and engaging webinar where you’ll learn how to:

  • Quicken time to market and speed your path to revenue
  • Reduce complexity in developing custom applications
  • Minimize programming burden by using custom tools and professional services
  • Diversify your portfolio by entering new and hot IoT markets
  • Existing ORBCOMM VARs: discover time-saving tools you never knew existed!

Who Should Attend?
This webinar is a must attend for value-added resellers, distributors, solution providers, system integrators and anyone involved in the development of IoT, M2M and satellite-based solutions. Whether you’re an established ORBCOMM VAR looking to get to the next level or are looking for a leading partner to help bolster your solutions, you’re sure to walk away with some practical tips and fresh ideas.

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Questions? Email us anytime at sales@orbcomm.com

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Integrated Dispatch and Asset Tracking Helps Mike Tamana Optimize Fleet Operations

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In our latest case study, we explore how ORBCOMM’s integrated fleet management solution helped a refrigerated transportation company minimize spoilage, improve fuel economy, optimize asset utilization and comply with food handling and driver hours-of-service regulations.

Mike Tamana Trucking uses ORBCOMM’s end-to-end telematics solution via its integration into the McLeod dispatch software. The company’s dispatchers are able to access critical data from its trucks, drivers and trailers from within the McLeod dispatch interface, simplifying operations and improving efficiency and profitability.

mcleod software integration case study

Learn how the carrier also improved customer service with accurate ETAs and early notifications that allow customers to plan for delays.

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To learn how ORBCOMM and McLeod can help you optimize fleet operations, visit www.orbcomm.com/mcleod or email us at sales@orbcomm.com.

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Boosting your Bottom Line at McLeod Software User Conference 2018

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Looking to improve your fuel efficiency? Can telematics boost your bottom line? Do telematics assist with driver retention? How can companies most effectively comply with ELD regulations?

Visit ORBCOMM at McLeod Software User Conference 2018 for the answers to these questions and more. We’ll be there to showcase our two-way asset tracking and control capabilities for complete transportation management across the supply chain as well as our truck management solution for ELD compliance and hours of service management – plus exciting new enhancements to our McLeod integration.

As Diamond sponsors at this year’s event, we will be exhibiting and delivering live demos. The show is one of the industry’s leading events, bringing together thought leaders from across the transportation industry. Read more ›

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New Fleet Management Industry Reports Show ORBCOMM at the Forefront of Connected Transportation Growth

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asset tracking webinarEarlier this year Berg Insight (a dedicated M2M/IoT market research firm based in Sweden, with a focus on fleet management and industrial M2M) published their report, Trailer and Cargo Container Tracking – 6th Edition. This report focuses on the market for tracking and security of cargo loading units including trailers, intermodal containers, rail freight wagons, air freight cargo containers, cargo boxes and pallets. The installed base of remote tracking systems for this market is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 19.6 percent from 3.7 million units at the end of 2017 to 8.9 million units by 2022.

The report ranks ORBCOMM as the largest vendor of tracking solutions for cargo loading units, having a significant installed base of trailers as well as containers. Berg Insight states that ‘The company has been highly involved in M&A activity related to real-time asset tracking, including notable acquisitions such as Blue Tree Systems, Euroscan and WAM Technologies. ORBCOMM has been involved in the Maersk/AT&T project to equip Maersk’s entire fleet of nearly 300,000 refrigerated containers with real-time tracking solutions. The project is one of the largest cellular-based industrial IoT deployments of its kind’.

Another Berg Insight report, Fleet Management in the Americas – 8th Edition, for the first time, listed  ORBCOMM in the table of leading fleet management providers. This is in large part due to the acquisition of inthinc Technology Solutions and Blue Tree Systems in 2017.

These reports are further evidence that ORBCOMM is putting more distance between ourselves and the competition in truck, trailer, reefer and container management, and that the company has truly arrived as a major player in truck telematics and fleet management. ORBCOMM is the only telematics provider that is fully capable of meeting the demands of transportation companies looking to manage their entire fleet under a single platform.

To find out more about the industry’s most complete and integrated fleet monitoring solution, schedule a demo or contact us at sales@orbcomm.com. 

 

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Transforming Intermodal Operations with Smart Data: IANA Intermodal Expo 2018 Preview

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Fleet Fuel Economy Regulations, labor supply risks and political and economic cycles are adding increased pressure to an already complex industry, but new IoT technologies are helping transform the future of the intermodal supply chain with smart data.

The rise of telematics technologies, e-commerce and globalization are adding new layers of sophistication to the industry, streamlining the flow of goods and information. These improvements have helped make the industry safer, more efficient, resistant to theft and cargo loss due to spoilage, and more profitable as costly errors are effectively mitigated.

ORBCOMM has long been a pioneer in the industry. This year, we’ll be showcasing our latest technological developments in the areas of comprehensive visibility, management and control of trailers and intermodal containers virtually anywhere.

We’ll also be displaying our truck management solutions for drivers and fleet managers. ORBCOMM’s fleet management solution makes it easy to manage driving hours, maximize billable time and comply with hours of service regulations. Our solutions also improve communications between dispatch and drivers and improve driver workflow capabilities. Fleet managers, meanwhile, get complete visibility of fleet, drivers and cargo from a dynamic portal and access to comprehensive reporting and alerts.

FleetManager SaaS cloud platform

ORBCOMM FleetManager: Streamline fleet operations with complete visibility of fleet, drivers and cargo.

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IoT Innovation at IAA 2018: What the Future Holds for Commercial Vehicles

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It’s clear that Internet of Things (IoT) is already playing a vital role with technology: with compliance, asset visibility, fuel efficiency and solving operational challenges. In this ever-changing and competitive transport and logistics environment, IoT technology is moving things even further forward – a lynchpin of digitization and connectivity, the drivers of innovation in commercial vehicles.    

commercial vehiclesThe ORBCOMM team is looking forward to the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, Sep. 20 – 27, where we will showcase how IoT technology is driving this digitization and connectivity in transportation. We will show how digitization can contribute to an even better connection of the various transport modes within the transport and logistics chains; this interplay of all types of transport is needed to cope with the increasing volumes and types of freight.   

Now in its 67th year, the IAA CV show is the world’s largest trade fair for mobility, transportation and logistics. The show is the ideal choice to debut the breadth and range of ORBCOMM’s asset tracking technologies for road and intermodal transportation. In Hannover, ORBCOMM will demo the largest range of asset tracking technologies in a single platform – for trucks, refrigerated and dry trailers, refrigerated vehicles, containers, gensets and railcars.   

For truck management, three new features for our fleet management solution will be highlighted, including in-cab scanning, integration with the GARMIN fleet 780 and Mobile Device Management allowing fleets control what apps drivers can use on in-cab devices.   Read more ›

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AIS + M2M: Working Together to Address Illegal Fishing and Other Maritime Industry Challenges

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ORBCOMM is at SEADEVCON this week in Hamburg, Germany. The event features an AIS Summit on how current and future tracking and visibility technology can be used for fuel and emission savings, anti-pollution, against overfishing, and to support sustainability.

ais data advantagesVisitors will hear ORBCOMM’s George Best speak on the challenges for AIS technology when there is a high density of small ships (typically using AIS Class B) usually near ports and near shore fishing areas. Tracking these vessels is particularly important since it’s estimated that about 85 percent of the world’s motorized fishing vessels are less than 12m in length and these small vessels dominate in all regions. To better manage fish stocks globally, these fleets need to be tracked.

Traditional solutions bring data from AIS ground stations and AIS satellites together to detect and track these ships. When there is a high density of ships with corresponding high levels of AIS traffic, detection and reception of these transmissions becomes difficult. A better solution is required. The best way to ensure reliable tracking of small vessels independent of ship density and AIS traffic levels is to add another tracking modality to the dual mode AIS Class B equipment.

Adding satellite M2M tracking to a dual mode (terrestrial and satellite) Class B AIS transceiver creates a tri-mode transceiver that solves the problem of AIS messages not being received. This is a robust solution based on tried and proven technology as opposed to gimmicks that purport to resolve problems posed by the physics of radio and satellite communication.

George will discuss the problem and propose solutions to ensure that these ships are accurately tracked so that maritime authorities and enforcement agencies have another tool they can use to enforce fishing regulations and help put an end to IUU fishing.

The ORBCOMM AIS Data Advantage

The global maritime industry trusts ORBCOMM as the most comprehensive and cost-effective supplier of global AIS data, with complete ocean coverage from both terrestrial and satellite AIS receivers.

Get a complimentary AIS data assessment at
www2.orbcomm.com/ais-data

AIS data from multiple sources

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Download “The ORBCOMM AIS Advantage (.pdf)

To see how our AIS solutions portfolio can enhance the way you do business, contact us online or email sales@orbcomm.com.

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CVSA’s Brake Safety Week Coming in September

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deploying fleet safetyThe Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Brake Safety Week takes place on September 16 -22, 2018. During the week-long blitz, the CVSA will deploy extra personnel on roads across North America to identify and remove any Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs) with faulty brake systems.  

Brake Safety Week aims to reduce the number of crashes caused by brake problems. CVSA officers will remove unfit vehicles from the road during this week-long period. Enforcement officials will also focus on education and outreach, to inform drivers, mechanics, maintenance managers and fleet owners of the importance of brake safety in keeping public roads safe.   

Properly functioning brakes are vital to public safety, drivers and fleets overall. Brakes should be checked regularly and receive routine maintenance. If a truck’s brakes are malfunctioning, it can severely impact braking efficiency and poses a serious risk to public safety.  

truck brake inspection week

The CVSA has released data to back up the importance of regular brake checks:   Read more ›

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Improving Fleet Fuel Economy: Smarter Steps for Getting Drivers On Board (New eBook!)

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Most fleet owners agree that fuel economy is a top priority. While monthly fuel bills can vary wildly depending on worldwide fuel costs, there is one constant that can make a big impression: driver behavior.  

According to a study by the FMCSA, “driver behavior is by far the largest single contributor to fuel efficiency.” The difference in fuel consumption between a ‘good’ and ‘poor’ can be up to 35%. Because fuel makes up a significant proportion of operating costs, it makes sense to focus on ways of increasing fuel economy where it can be most effective, starting with driver behavior. That’s why we have created a new eBook, that outlines a framework for managers and the practical steps a driver can make to positively impact fuel economy. 

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Improving Fuel Economy: Smarter Steps for Getting Drivers 
On Board 

Fuel prices and fuel economy are always in the headlines. In North America, trucks burn through 38 billion gallons of diesel every year. It’s rare that a week goes by without a mention of the volatility of fuel prices and their impact on fleets. By implementing long-term changes in driver behavior, this is one area of fuel economy you can keep constant.  

Driver Behavior, the single biggest impact on Fuel Economy 

Free e-Book: Distracted DrivingWhile fuel prices are out of a fleet’s control, driver behavior is one area that can be influenced and changed to create real and substantial improvements to monthly fuel bills.  

Truck telematics technology has come a long way to help identify the driver behavior that impacts fuel economy most. Fuel economy can vary wildly based on the skill of the driver. Where some drivers might be well aware of their driving impact on fuel efficiency, others will have little or no idea. Armed with that knowledge fleets can coach drivers, set up reward programs and identify areas where fuel economy can be instantly targeted.  

Here are just some of the ways that a fleet can set up a framework for coaching and rewarding fuel-efficient drivers:   

  • Provide open and transparent data. If your drivers know the system is fair, they will trust it.  
  • Use a wide range of data. Get the full picture on how driving behavior impacts fuel economy. All data should feed into an overall performance score, with the option to drill-down and focus on specific areas for improvement.  
  • Gamify the driver user experience. A little competition can help motivate drivers and change how they behave on the road.  
  • Use driver scorecards. By assigning a score, managers and drivers can identify and set goals.  
  • Introduce or upgrade your rewards program. Incentivization is a powerful way to bring changes to driver behaviors. Rewards can take the shape of anything that is important to your fleet and your drivers. It could be monetary, recognition, team events or bonuses.  

Download the E-Book Now:
Improving Fuel Economy: Smarter Steps for Getting Drivers 
On Board 

Drivers Know Best 

Drivers are professionals and know what they are doing. In this eBook, we look at the ways that fleets can support their professional drivers in being the best they can be. While nearly every action in the cab impacts fuel consumption, not all actions create the same results.  

There is a range of activities that have been identified as having a strong impact on fuel consumption. These include speeding, cruise control, over-revving, and idling. ORBCOMM’s own Christian Allred, VP Global Sales, identified this in a recent Transport Topics article, noting that “unnecessary idling is one of the first and easiest behaviors to address with drivers.” A change of habit can be the key to modification driving habits. Habit-based behaviors respond quickly to rewards and incentives.  

How Telematics Can Help 

Telematics is a vital part of monitoring, data-tracking and deriving insights to action changes to driver behavior. Directly monitoring what’s happening in the engine in the cab, ensures you can identify the activities that provide a big impact. Idling, harsh braking, over-speeding, harsh acceleration and the utilization of cruise control all individually have a big impact on fuel consumption. By separating and addressing these constituent behaviors, managers can talk to drivers, show them evidence of how it impacts fuel and help them to adjust their driving behavior in the future.  

Download the E-Book Now:
Improving Fuel Economy: Smarter Steps for Getting Drivers 
On Board 

To find out more about how ORBCOMM can help your fleet address fuel economy through driver behavior, schedule a demo or contact us at sales@orbcomm.com. 

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Public Safety Fleets: A Case for Telematics for First Responder Vehicles

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deploying fleet safetyMotor vehicle crashes are devastating for those involved regardless of the circumstances, but when an incident involves emergency response personnel tasked with ensuring public safety, it’s almost unthinkable.

Unfortunately, crashes involving ambulances, firetrucks and police vehicles happen more often than we might think. Emergency crews are under incredible pressure to work against the clock as lives hang in the balance. Ironically, this heightened sense of responsibility for the well being of others may be why first responders occasionally fail to take the right safety precautions behind the wheel.

Crash data examined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show excessive speed and inadequate seatbelt use as two key factors involved in many of these crashes. Here are some of the stats:

Emergency Medical Services

According to the NHTSA, approximately 6,500 collisions involving ambulances occur in the US every year, killing an average of 33 people annually. Investigations of fatal crushes showed that most ambulance occupants weren’t wearing seat belts—84% of EMS providers in the patient compartment were not restrained at the time of the crash. Emergency Medical Technicians who don’t buckle up not only risk their own lives, but also their patients’ lives. Occupant-to-occupant contact was identified as a source of injuries and fatalities sustained by patients.

Research also shows that although 96% of patients were belted at the time of a collision, only 33% were properly restrained with shoulder straps in addition to lateral belts. Patients wearing only lateral belts are at greater risk of sustaining life-threatening injuries. Read more ›

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