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Opportunities for Rail Transport, Tackling the European Driver Shortage and a Record Year for Transport Logistic

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The New Silk Road, the European driver shortage and addressing the transportation impact on the environment – these were the big issues and some of the hottest topics at Transport Logistic in Munich in June. One of the world’s leading trade shows, Transport Logistic had a record year and the ORBCOMM team was part of a 2,347-strong range of exhibitors, with 64,000 visitors across the three days. Visitors came from 125 countries, making it the biggest event yet.

Economic and Trade Evolution in a Time of Climate Crisis

With reducing C02 emissions firmly on the cards, the climate crisis, and environmental impact was on everyone’s lips at Transport Logistic. There was a renewed and strong interest from customers and visitors alike in relation to climate-friendly technology. Throughout the show, we heard that while the free flow of traffic is important, it cannot come at the cost of environmental and climate impacts. Companies were interested in how climate-friendly technology can assist in reducing the environmental footprint; for example, our solar-powered GT 1200 series for trailer tracking requires no maintenance for up to 10 years.

Opportunities to be Found in Rail Transport

The opportunities afforded to operators since the introduction of the New Silk Road meant it was a widely discussed topic of conversation across the floor. Chinese companies are increasingly looking for cooperation partners in Europe as part of the Silk Road Initiative. This land connection by rail is an alternative to air freight which takes five days and to ocean freight that needs six weeks. Rail freight can be completed in 12-15 days. ORBCOMM’s customer UNIT45 is already helping big-name shippers like HP and Friesland Campina take advantage of the New Silk Road with a new breed of 45ft temperature-controlled containers monitored and controlled by our CargoWatch® IoT telematics and cloud platform.

There was also much interest in the new direct rail connection set up especially for fresh produce, between Valencia and Rotterdam, which was launched in May. Called CoolRail, this temperature-controlled train transports cargo between the two port cities three times a week, 48 weeks a year. It transports 42 containers to the Netherlands and back in a single day. While transporting products to the Netherlands takes just as long via the new rail connection as road haulage, the key benefit here is sustainability, with CO2 reductions of 70 to 90% compared to trucks.

Driver Shortages across Europe

A key area of concern at the show was around Europe’s lack of skilled driving personnel. Indeed, this is a common topic of conversation that is impacting across European markets as well as in North America. In the UK, BIFA says there is a shortage of 52,000 drivers. With a shortage of 45,000 drivers in Germany in 2017, it is a growing – and worrying – trend. Attendees heard about some of the operational and tactical measures fleets can take to continue to recruit and retain professional drivers. These include developing more attractive working conditions, the use of artificial intelligence for long-term fleet benefits and how efficiency and transparency can be leveraged to attract skilled professionals.

Economic trade tensions also swept through conversations across the Munich hallway, and how they impact everyday operations of transportation companies, but “goods find their way despite custom disputes.” This view came amid some optimism from DHL’s Dr Frank Appel who was part of the discussion around continuing tension between China and the US. There was agreement that while priority is to keep traffic flowing, the challenges to make it efficient and affordable are not insurmountable.live tachograph data

ORBCOMM’s Range of Solutions

As global trade tensions continue, we saw significant interest in cargo telematics at the show. Smart trailers make cargo a lot more visible at times when they are most at danger of being invisible. It surprised some to note that trailer telematics is already one of the fastest growing branches of Internet of Things technology. We fielded plenty of interest from fleets who are looking to increase security, improve driver satisfaction and ultimately deliver better ROI.

Refrigerated transport was also a key concern for logistics operators. We spoke in detail with many visitors about urban deliveries and the importance of a multi-tasking refrigeration solution. For example, ORBCOMM’s telematics solution works seamlessly with refrigerated rigid trucks, the urban delivery workhorse vehicle. The truck, designed to cope with frequent door openings and closings, multiple jobs and stops and temperature varieties, works best with telematics designed for the job.

It will be another two years before the next Transport Logistic rolls around. By then, we should be clearer at least on trade issues such as Brexit, Chinese – North American trade talks and digitalisation of global logistics.  We look forward to seeing you again in Munich 2021!

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M2M on the World Stage with ORBCOMM at CommunicAsia

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The impact of the connected world continues to increase. According to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast, there will be 28.5 billion networked devices by 2022. By 2022, half of global connected devices and connections will be M2M. This share will grow from 34 percent in 2017 to 51 percent by 2022, accounting for 14.6 billion connections. M2M is the fastest growing category and includes smart meters, video surveillance, healthcare monitoring, transportation and package or asset tracking. ORBCOMM is looking forward to taking part in the M2M conversation at this year’s CommunicAsia event 18-20 June 2019.

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ELD Compliance and Fleet Safety for Oil and Gas at the Global Petroleum Show

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deploying fleet safetyAs more than 50,000 executives from over 21,000 oil and gas companies head to Calgary, Canada next week for the Global Petroleum Show, exhibitors are hard at work preparing to showcase their solutions.

This year’s theme ‘Shaping the Future of Energy’ aims to provide participants with new insights into trends and emerging technologies in the industry. Experts will share their knowledge across an expansive line-up of strategic and technical sessions, while the exhibit will provide a forum for learning about technologies and services that can help streamline operations.

Always top of mind in the industry is safety and compliance. This year, ORBCOMM will be showcasing the latest developments in ELD compliance for the unique needs of the oil and gas industry, with simplified HOS management that can significantly improve fleet safety.

We’re looking forward to discussing this and our other technological innovations at the show. Going to be there? We’d love to meet with you!

What: Global Petroleum Show 2019
When: June 11 – 13, 2019
Where: BMO Centre, Stampede Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Booth: 7649

Schedule a meeting with us today and visit us at our booth. Staff will be on the floor to demonstrate and discuss our solutions. Here’s what to expect:

An ELD and Fleet Safety Solution Designed for the Oil and Gas Industry

Oil and gas fleets face the challenge of finding ELD solutions tailored to their needs, given that most ELDs are designed for over-the-road transportation and logistics customers.

ORBCOMM’s FMCSA-certified ELD solution for the industry is designed with oil and gas in mind:

1. Optional backup satellite connectivity
Get consistent and uninterrupted delivery of HOS data in remote regions where cellular coverage isn’t available.

2. Track HOS of individual drivers
By tracking the hours of service for drivers independently of the vehicles they drive, the system maintains accurate records and ensures they remain compliant.

3. Crew vans and time sheets
Get workers logged in en-route, so they’re ready to work on arrival, and without manual time sheets.

4. Automated guidelines by state
The solution automatically selects the correct state rule when drivers cross state lines, maximizing driving time and maintaining compliance.

5. Company-specific guidelines
If your company has its own rules for drivers to follow, they can be applied to ORBCOMM’s ELD solution.

Safety First in Challenging Environments

90% reduction in accidents 89% reduction in aggressive driving 86% reduction in speeding 88% reduction in seat belt violations ORBCOMM technology has helped customers achieve impressive improvements after only 90 days.The oil and gas industry is one of the most hazardous in the world. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the United States, there are approximately 120 deaths per year. Of all fatalities, roughly 4 in 10 are the result of motor vehicle crashes, making it the leading cause of death in the industry. And that’s not to mention the many more crashes that result in injuries.

ORBCOMM’s oil and gas solution detects unsafe driver behaviors such as speeding, harsh accelerating, over-revving and seatbelt violations, and delivers real-time spoken alerts to drivers as the behaviors occur, helping them quickly develop better habits.

The data is also sent to the office, allowing managers to receive alerts about infractions and track driver performance, fleet status and productivity. The system tells managers how drivers are doing and helps successful deployment of fleet safety programs.

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What Are Fleets Waiting for? AOBRDs to ELDs: 75% of Fleets Yet to Move

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aobrd to eld telematics solutionsIt may be surprising, but over 75% of fleets are still using AOBRDs, with just seven months before the start of phase three of the FMCSA’s ELD implementation plan. That’s according to respondents in our recent webinar on making the transition from AOBRDs to ELDs as smooth as possible, held in partnership with the Truckload Carrier Association (TCA).

You can watch our webinar on-demand here. While some predominantly larger fleets are already transitioning, a very large percentage has yet to make the change.

Dave Heller, Vice President of Government Affairs with the TCA had a lot to say about this during the webinar: “I cannot stress this enough… the time to transition (to ELDs) is now. You want to be ahead of the curve on this. If you wait until the beginning of December to start making that transition when there are going to be hardware issues, software issues, wiring issues… it’s best to be out of the game than behind the eight ball.”

As the ELD deadlines have kicked in, we’ve compiled information to ease the journey from AOBRDs to ELDs for fleet owners and drivers, including our AOBRD to ELD Checklist aimed at helping fleets have the smoothest possible transition. As part of this effort to inform drivers and fleets, we teamed up with the Truckload Carriers Association to produce this dedicated webinar. Smooth your Ride from AOBRDs to ELDs was first recorded in April 2019.

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ORBCOMM at Transport Logistic: Trends, Industry News and Solutions

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Despite the many political and economic uncertainties, as well as numerous business challenges such as the lack of skilled personnel, the European logistics industry will gather in June at Transport Logistic confident that it can meet these challenges. Smart technology, with an increasing focus on digitisation and automation, will play its part – and smart fleet owners are using technology not just to monitor equipment but to enhance operational flows.

Transport Logistic in Munich from June 4-7, 2019, is a chance to see how connected, highly-visible assets are a critical part of this future. This year, the main topics will vary from the Silk Road to driver shortages to city logistics. ORBCOMM is looking forward to showcasing its road, cold chain and shipping technology solutions at the show.

Road Transportation Grows in Europe

Since 2013, the EU has seen road freight transportation grow year-on-year, hitting record highs in the last two years. There are anxieties, however, with European fleet operators, concerned with truck driver shortages, the impact of Brexit and emissions, while balancing productivity and supply chain demands. As a result, companies are looking at ways to future-proof their fleets with digitalisation and connectivity. Read more ›

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Brexit Eclipsed as Key Topic at the UK’s Commercial Vehicle Show 2019

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Electric vehicles, last-mile delivery, low emissions zones and connectivity eclipsed Brexit as key topics on the minds of fleet executives at the UK’s Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham last week. The CV Show is the best attended, largest and most comprehensive road transport and commercial vehicle event held every year in Britain. 400 exhibitors descended on the NEC in Birmingham; for fleet operators, it’s the annual meeting point and for sector suppliers, it’s the ultimate showcase for products and services.

The ORBCOMM team at the CV Show 2019.

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Cargo Security Update: The US Ranks as a ‘High’ Level Threat for Theft

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The volume of reported cargo thefts in the United States averaged 49 thefts per month in the US in 2018. According to the annual SensiGuard Supply Chain Intelligence Center (SCIC) report, there were a recorded 592 cargo thefts with the highest number at 171 in Q4 at an average value of $142,342. 

On the SCIC 5-point scale of low to moderate, elevated, high and severe, the United States is ranked as a ‘high’ level threat for cargo thefts.

Although the volume of reported cargo thefts in the United States dropped 19% from 2017 to 2018 and total average value dropped 2%, thieves are evolving their methods to obtain their desired merchandise and avoid capture. Despite the decline, evidence exists to support a strong danger will persist.

Organized criminals form part of an established network of fences and buyers who place orders for specific merchandise for thieves to target. Criminal networks also include contacts who alert thieves to inside information about the contents, values, security measures and destinations of loads.

“Thieves in the U.S. have long utilized the ‘risk vs reward’ calculation when targeting cargo. And in so doing, they have shifted focus to other methods and products that provide a lesser chance of capture or disruption, thereby reducing their risk,” the report states. “This can be seen in the continued increase of reported mixed retail loads, or less than truckload (LTL) thefts. These shipments are typically a mix of product destined for a brick and mortar retail store.”

Reported LTL thefts are categorized as pilferage and have seen a dramatic 198% increase since 2014, breaking records in 2017 and again in 2018. LTL shipments are considered to be more vulnerable than full truckload shipments, as they are often less closely guarded.

SensiGuard says LTLs are frequently targeted by thieves as they generally have less security in place than high-value, single-owner shipments. Losses to any one owner of goods on an LTL shipment may even be too low to trigger a police report or insurance claim, allowing the criminals to continue operating at relatively lower risk.

Cargo Theft by Category, Value and Location

2018 saw electronics take over the top spot for most stolen product type for the first time since 2009. Recording 20% of the 2018 total of all stolen goods, electronics displaced food and drinksand home and garden products with a rise of 33% from 2017.

The usual front runners,food and drinks and home and garden, accounted for 14% and 16% of total stolen goods in 2018 respectively, although the average value of stolen shipments in 2018 was considerably higher in some other categories. Personal care tops that list, with an average value of $544,935 stolen per shipment. Next up are electronics ($297,332), tobacco($208,302) and clothing and shoes($171,031). Way down on the list in terms of average values stolen are food and drinks and home and garden at $67,374 and $65,998 respectively.

California accounted for 26% of total thefts in 2018 and was again the frontrunner for states with the most reported cargo theft occurrences. Texas (15%), Florida (11%), Illinois (11%) and Georgia (8%) rounded out the top five. In terms of thefts by category, 90% of reported in-transit thefts were from unattended and stationary loads.

While cargo theft will continue to remain a strong threat to the industry, the benefits of technology in the fight against it are becoming visible as theft rates have continued on a downward trend since 2009. ORBCOMM’s trailer telematics are used in part to detect and deter thefts and enable the recovery of stolen shipments. Unauthorized moves, unscheduled stops and unauthorized door openings outside a geofence, for instance, can inform of a theft in progress and are indicated in real-time by configurable alerts. Chances of recovering a stolen load are also increased through live GPS location data.

ORBCOMM has been a pioneer in the industry, servicing such companies as Walmart, Hub Group and Christenson with our comprehensive suite of end-to-end solutions – from software platforms to tracking devices to sensors to support.

Contact us today for more information on how ORBCOMM integrated transportation telematics solutions can enhance the way you do business.

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Heavy Equipment Telematics, Digitalization, Automation and Efficiency: Top Trends at bauma 2019

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Digitalization, automation and efficiency are reshaping the global supply and operation of heavy construction machinery. These core topics dominated the debate at the recent bauma 2019 show in Munich, where ORBCOMM exhibited alongside nearly 4,000 equipment and solutions providers from 63 countries and more than 620,000 visitors from 200 countries. They’re all part of a worldwide heavy construction equipment market expected to grow significantly to reach USD 231.3 billion by 2025 across key industries including construction, mining, and oil and gas.

“Networked construction sites and smart machines, as well as autonomous driving and working: these are not just dreams of the future! The construction equipment industry becomes more and more digital—and with it, the construction site”, noted the influential bauma Industry Barometer.

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bauma 2019: ORBCOMM exhibited alongside nearly 4,000 equipment and solutions providers from 63 countries and more than 620,000 visitors from 200 countries.

For ORBCOMM, digitalization and automation are key trends driving innovation in our heavy equipment telematics solutions. Top-of-the-line construction equipment of all kinds are now often fitted with telematics hardware that monitors and collects machine data. This ‘hard’ information now makes it possible to check the machinery’s on-the-job performance, fuel consumption and location, inform predictive maintenance, more precisely determine operating costs and manage entire fleets via telematics. Read more ›

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Discover the Wealth of Data for all Vehicles at the CV Show

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live tachograph dataAs we look ahead to a post-Brexit UK, it’s never been more important to stay up-to-date on the most impactful issues in the industry. That’s part of why we are looking forward to meeting you at the CV Show. The UK’s largest and most comprehensive road transport and commercial vehicle event, the CV Show looks at the latest in technology and news around the road transport industry.

Taking place at the NEC in Birmingham, UK between April 30 and May 2 and you can meet us in Hall 4 at Stand 4D50. The CV Show is where UK operators of vehicle fleets of all sizes and variants (whether heavy or light commercial) come every year to see the innovation and technological developments in the industry. 20,000 visitors are expected to visit the halls of the show across the three days. Key themes will be the future of diesel and its alternatives, electric vehicles, environmental concerns, congestion charges in UK cities and ways to mitigate driver shortages.

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IoT in Agriculture: How Harvest Monitoring is Maximizing Crop Value and Productivity

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Our latest case study takes a closer look at how ORBCOMM IoT technology supports agriculture company Wiagro in increasing productivity for their customers, by ensuring stored crops remain at their best.

“ORBCOMM’s technology, combined with the expertise of their field application engineers, helped us deliver a solution on time that exceeded customer expectations.” – Martin Codasco, Company Director, Wiagro.

ORBCOMM partnered with Wiagro to deliver maximum ROI for their customer. The company wanted to store their soybean crop and sell when market conditions were most favorable. The grain required constant monitoring to ensure its quality and that it would be ready to sell when the time was right.

Wiagro worked with ORBCOMM satellite terminals to deliver temperature, humidity, and C02 monitoring. Utilizing satellite technology was vital since the silos were in an area without cellular service.

This is just one example of how IoT is improving agricultural operations. Smart agriculture solutions are using IoT Technology in many ways. From minimizing plant loss through pest, disease and plant health tracking, to monitoring rainfall and soil moisture to ensure optimum growing conditions, the future looks bright for IoT and Smart Agriculture.

To find out more about how ORBCOMM can help its partners achieve email us at sales@orbcomm.com.

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