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Weigh Station Bypass: New Drivewyze Integration Helps Fleets Manage Costs and Driver Retention

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At a time when driver retention and fuel efficiency are critical issues, saving three and a half minutes by bypassing weigh stations is something that fleets can’t ignore. For every minute a truck lines up at a weigh station, it costs fleet owners time and money.

Drivewyze® PreClear weigh station bypass, America’s leading weigh station bypass service, is now integrated with ORBCOMM devices. With more stations covered than any other program, it helps fleets increase efficiency by cutting down queue times, integrates seamlessly with ELD devices and reveals the hidden costs of weigh station delays.

Weigh Station Bypass

ORBCOMM-equipped vehicles using the Drivewyze PreClear bypass service.

Weighing Up Your Options

Just a few years ago, the standard procedure meant drivers could attempt to skip weigh stations altogether. That could mean incurring fines, fees or court costs. If law enforcement caught drivers skipping weigh stations, they could make them go back, costing even more time and money. Illegally avoiding a weigh station could put an entire fleet in jeopardy with financial, safety and productivity consequences.

But the costs of stopping at weigh stations stack up. According to American Transportation Research Institute and Drivewyze data, each stop costs approximately $9.30 in time and fuel. The longer a driver queues, the more it costs. Knowing if a driver can bypass a station legally and safely can save time and money.

Weigh Station Bypass in an ELD Era

Being able to bypass weigh stations is even more important since the ELD hard deadline, as it helps drivers maximize their Hours of Service (HOS). As fleets continue to bed down with ELDs, and many make the switch from AOBRDs to ELDs, ORBCOMM’s bypass integration makes it a little bit easier, “where even a single stop could extend a run into an additional day.”

The Drivewyze bypass service on ORBCOMM devices helps fleets in a number of ways beyond saving time and money.

1. Driver retention

Drivers are up to 3X more likely to stay with a company that provides a bypass service, according to a 2015 Drivewyze survey. Being able to bypass weigh stations is valuable to drivers. Of all responding drivers, 63% worked for companies providing weigh station bypass and felt more positive about their job and company. “Company-paid bypass service came in at number five in the results of what truck drivers really care about.”

2. Improving fleet safety

Drivers who avoid an open weigh station can face serious penalties. This could be down to a driver being pre-occupied or simply driving in unfamiliar territory. It can also impact a fleet’s CSA scores. The heads-up notifications can reduce the number of accidental weigh station avoidances and improve CSA scores by as much as 5%.

3. Extensive reporting

Find out exactly how much your fleet could be saving. Fleet managers can rely on data-driven measures to improve efficiency. Out-of-the-box reporting shows ROI by calculating the real costs of weigh station delays on the fleet’s business based on fleet costs and measures, not industry reports.

Drivewyze weigh station bypass

ORBCOMM Empowers Drivers to Stay on the Road Longer

With Drivewyze PreClear now integrated with ORBCOMM devices, customers receive weigh station bypass services at over 700 sites in 42 states and one Canadian province. It’s the only solution that can handle both fixed scales and mobile inspection sites. Drivewyze PreClear is GPS based, so the driver doesn’t need to get in any specific lane.

When a driver approaches a weigh station, Drivewyze provides two- and one-mile countdown notifications before advising the driver to bypass or pull in. Recent bypasses are available for review by the driver.

weigh station bypass coverage

Drivewyze Coverage Map

Come see ORBCOMM in action at American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition (ATA MCE), October 27 to 31, in Austin, Texas. Visit us at booth number 7023 to learn more about our recent Drivewyze PreClear integration and other exciting new technologies.

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Disrupting the Cold Chain: 5 Key Takeaways from Cool Logistics

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container fleet tracking webinarThe 10th Cool Logistics Global congress took place in early October and, as usual, ORBCOMM joined as sponsor and speaker. Refrigerated container and trailer operations are key markets for our Internet of Things (IoT) tracking and monitoring solutions along with end-to-end cold chain traceability solutions for major food suppliers and retailers. So, Cool Logistics provided a great chance to share our experiences and take the industry pulse.

As we head off to continue the smart container conversation at Intermodal Europe, here are our 5 key Cool Logistics takeaways:

1. Digital disruption is coming (fast) to cold supply chains

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.

Reefer transport, logistics and infrastructure are moving to embrace digitisation, but the big disruption will come from external societal mega forces, including:

  • An explosion in e-food commerce, driven by mobile, pressuring downstream supply chains to get faster, more flexible, more transparent and more precise. ‘Legacy-light’ China and other parts of Asia are leading the charge
  • More educated consumers expecting more traceability, safety and sustainability plus a faster, more convenient and personalised shopping experience
  • Growing public and media pressure to tackle waste along the food chain
  • An exponential increase in global regulations and compliance – from food and drug safety to climate change mitigation and environmental sustainability – requiring monitoring and reporting on a grand scale
  • And, of course, continued rapid advances in digitalisation itself, including the blending of technologies such as IoT, blockchain, AI/ML, mobile and smart packaging to build entirely new business models

 2. IoT adoption in the reefer container industry is shifting from ‘if and why’ to ‘when and how’

While Maersk is the only global reefer box carrier so far to fully embrace IoT telematics, the consensus is that adoption will speed up in the coming 3-5 years. “It needs to be part of the future that all reefer boxes are connected,” said Ole Schack-Petersen of cold chain logistics specialists LCL and the Broom Group.

The practicalities of large-scale IoT adoption should not be underestimated, however. Maersk said that it took five years to fit its entire reefer box fleet with telematics. Developing robust solutions that help users implement and scale at speed is therefore a crucial capability for IoT vendors.

Shipping companies outside the top 10 can get up and running faster and smaller carriers have successfully deployed IoT telematics across their reefer box fleets and other intermodal transport assets. That includes vessel-based GSM networks for on-water monitoring of containers and cargo.

A new trend to help the global reefer container fleet get smart is the supply of embedded IoT right out of the factory. Reefer OEMs are now starting to work with telematics suppliers and leasing companies are also enhancing their offering with telemetry.

The development of ‘plug and play’ reusable IoT telematics devices for temporary asset monitoring will be important, giving all parties the chance to monitor shipment on a trip basis, at terminals, depots and yards, and on vessels.

Maersk IoT telematics

While Maersk is the only global reefer box carrier so far to fully embrace IoT telematics, the consensus is that adoption will speed up in the coming 3-5 years.

3. Blockchain is coming and will pair with IoT for new systems of trusted data

There’s a global buzz around blockchain and the cold chain is no exception. Indeed, food and health supply chains have been early targets, especially to address contamination and counterfeits.

Recent examples include Walmart’s blockchain database for leafy green vegetables in the wake of an e.coli outbreak involving romaine lettuce. China’s giant online retailers JD.com and Alibaba have also launched food and drug safety blockchain programmes for cross-border trade.

The data that feeds the blockchain needs to be trustworthy, however. That’s where IoT telematics and sensors come in, providing a verifiable digital record of assets, cargo, processes and hand-offs.

It’s still early days but more blockchain-based platforms are expected to emerge in cold chain over the next 3-5 years, consuming more IoT data.

4. As the focus shifts from IoT devices to data ecosystems, APIs and open, interoperable platforms are a must

While there’s still lots to come from IoT telematics and sensors, hardware is becoming mature. The focus now is shifting to:

  • The best and most cost-effective ways to filter and present IoT data to a growing number of engaged stakeholders both within and across companies.
  • How to combine and integrate multiple data streams on and across platforms and enterprise software
  • Helping users build out secure, stable, scalable and smart IoT ecosystems.

From the C-suite down, more departments are consuming IoT data, but they do not want or need to see everything. Intuitive, customisable dashboards and reports are critical for different people to see just the data and metrics that matter most to them.

No single digital platform can ever dominate. Rather, the future lies in a ‘system of systems.’ APIs and interoperability are crucial to avoid creating new data silos. The IoT data ecosystem needs to allow users to integrate multiple smart devices and suppliers, plus other information sources.

5. It’s all about the data – but analytics, change management, governance and cyber security are key to unlocking the next level of value

Ever more smart devices are entering the cold chain, and more of them are talking to each other – including cargo level sensors and container telematics. Leveraging this to transform business processes and create new commercial propositions is the next big step.

As data is amassed and shared more widely – such as Maersk and other carriers have done for their customers – it opens the door for more proactive asset and supply chain management. That includes analytics to predict future patterns and make rules-based decisions.

It takes a large historical database to extract full value from predictive and prescriptive analytics, but this is coming as more cold chain and transport assets get connected and more data is aggregated on integrated IoT platforms.

Data makes mistakes visible and all parties accountable. That can be a culture shock both inside enterprises and across supply chain communities. Proactively managing this as a strategic business priority, not just another IT project, is vital.

Intermodal EuropeDeep change management is needed to reinvent business processes and relationships, retrain existing staff and on-board digitally-savvy talent. This is a big but necessary challenge to avoid being left behind as the pace of technological change continues to escalate.

Data governance and cyber security are two of the biggest challenges. This will require cooperation between public and private sectors at many levels. Various bodies are now working to develop protocols, frameworks and tool-kits and industry must get deeply involved to ensure workable legislation and policy.

Join us on stand B26 at Intermodal Europe in Rotterdam, November 6-8, to see the latest in IoT telematics, software and analytics including our new solutions for temporary or permanent monitoring of refrigerated containers. Schedule a Meeting.

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The Future of Connected Transportation at ATA MCE 2018

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ATA MCE 2018: ORBCOMM BoothWe’re at the ATA Management Conference & Exhibition this week, where we’re exhibiting the latest additions to our market-leading portfolio of telematics solutions, devices and integrations for our transportation customers.

What: American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition
When: October 27 – 31
Where: Austin, Texas
ORBCOMM Booth 7023

Already at ATA MCE 2018? We’d love to meet with you:

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In addition to some exciting new announcements, you’ll learn why ORBCOMM is the only telematics provider capable of meeting the demands of transportation companies looking to manage your entire fleet under a single platform. From truck to reefer to dry vans, straight trucks, containers and railcars, we cover virtually every asset class under one roof.

 

For those we won’t see at the ATA show, feel free to contact us anytime to discuss connected assets and fleet telematics.

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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) 

Register Now

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.

Register Now

 

 

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.

Read more ›

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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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