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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.

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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.

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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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Distracted Driving a Growing Concern for UK and Irish Fleets (New E-Book)

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Free e-Book: Distracted DrivingDistracted driving is something that affects every single user of UK and Irish roads and many fleets are looking for answers. Increasingly, research shows that drivers trying to multi-task run a higher risk of road accidents. Distraction can be particularly dangerous for truck drivers, where reaction times are crucial – and distraction in a truck can be deadly.  

Most research focuses on the use of handheld mobile phones or sat nav devices. In the past decade as the use of these devices has shot up, so has its impact on road users. The dangers are magnified when a large vehicle is involved, as truck drivers rely on this kind of technology for navigation, job instructions, messages and driving hours information.  

Download now for free – Distracted Driving: How Can Fleets Help Truck Drivers? 

Distraction is a Growing Concern 

UK figures from 2016 show that HGVs were involved in 5,819 accidents, 273 of which were fatalities. Out of 1,445 fatal accidents in the same year, ‘failure to look’ was a factor in nearly 400 incidents. 

According to Brake, the Road Safety Charity who conduct research and develop campaigns to ensure our roads are safer, distraction is a growing problem 

In an academic study in St Alban’s, England based around 11,000 drivers, one in six was found to be engaged in a distracting activity. Distraction can include talking on a phone, to another passenger or smoking.  Read more ›

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Sensors, Satellite, Smart Apps and Shipper Visibility: Welcome to the Future of Containers

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container fleet tracking webinarContainer tracking and monitoring technology is hardly a novel idea, but recent trends and technical advancements have accelerated an industry shift towards the increasing use of sensor-based Internet of Things (IoT) telematics devices and applications in the supply chain.

Over the next several years, we can expect to see rapid technology development as IoT adoption scales up across many industrial, business and consumer applications. The container supply chain will benefit tremendously from this.

First, there will be a proliferation of sensors to provide all sorts of intelligence. One telematics device can talk to literally hundreds of different IoT sensors using short-range wireless communications technology like Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), NFC and ZigBee. In the future, we expect that sensors will be used to keep tabs on just about everything and anything related to cargo and container status. This will also extend to container handling equipment in ports and terminals.

Intel, the computer chip maker that’s now heavily involved in smart and autonomous vehicles, fit-tech, augmented reality and other fast-moving IoT trends, says that the future is “sensors on everything”, with a ratio of 10 sensors to every device emerging as a ‘new normal’.

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.

The ability to pair trip-based telematics devices fixed to the outside of containers with low-range sensors inside the box will, we believe, be one of the most important breakthroughs for live supply chain management. This development will finally ‘connect the dots’ between asset level and cargo level tracking technology and will give shippers the visibility that they have been craving for years.

For container supply chain applications, we expect dual-mode cellular and satellite devices to become increasingly the norm. Containers go to many places where cellular coverage is poor to non-existent and dual-mode means that satellite is always available as a back-up for mission-critical operations. This applies especially where security and/or cargo condition monitoring is a primary driver for usage.

container monitoring device

ORBCOMM’s dual-mode PT 6000 enables complete visibility and control of cold chain operations to help ensure the integrity of temperature controlled cargo along the supply chain.

A good example is current adoption of ORBCOMM dual-mode telematics to track special 45-foot temperature-controlled containers that are used to carry high-value electronic goods overland by rail from China to Germany via Kazakhstan, as part of China’s New Silk Road/One Belt, One Road initiative. The rail journey stretches thousands of miles across some extremely inaccessible terrain. With no cellular connectivity, satellite is crucial to maintain a watching ‘eye in the sky’ in case of attempted theft or equipment malfunctions.

smart container innovation

UNIT45, an industry leader in 45ft containers, created a ‘New Silk Road’ 45ft reefer unit with a fuel tank of 800 litres – enough to last 20-24 days – and the ability to load 33 europallets side by side inside the container for maximum capacity and cargo stability. ORBCOMM telematics is used to remotely control the unit and to send alerts/alarms to the back office.

Device management will be another major focus area for the next few years, including further advances in multidevice platforms delivered over the cloud that allow users to manage multiple connected IoT and M2M devices and networks, including passive and active RFID, Wi-Fi, cellular, satellite, GPS, condition sensors and actuators.

DeviceCloud is a single interface for managing multiple networks and devices, where connectivity and device-specific messaging is abstracted to a common interface and messaging API.

ORBCOMM’s DeviceCloud is a single interface for managing multiple networks and devices, where connectivity and device-specific messaging is abstracted to a common interface and messaging API.

What do you think the future of smart containerization holds? Share your thoughts in the Comments below…

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Sensor-Based Fleet Telematics is on the Rise: Here’s Why

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trailer telematicsFleet telematics utilization is on the rise in the transportation industry, and is helping carriers of all sizes boost their bottom line, improve driver satisfaction and increase security.

Just ten years ago, many companies couldn’t see ROI in telematics solutions. High prices and complicated integration processes limited adoption to only the largest fleets.

Since then, the landscape has evolved. The technology has become affordable, software has been streamlined and sensor technology has improved. Installation has also become significantly easier, enabling trucks and trailers to be outfitted without going out of rotation. Telematics has become a necessity for today’s fleets, and with more widespread adoption there’s now hard data to support the return on investment.

trailer tracking device with cargo sensor

The solar-powered GT 1100-LTE devices with integrated cargo sensors are designed for installation outside a loaded or unloaded asset in less than 15 minutes, significantly reducing installation costs, resources and asset downtime

Improved Fleet Utilization, Turn Times

“Carriers are only making money if trailers and containers are being used, so they’re looking for every opportunity to speed the cycle,” said Christian Allred, ORBCOMM’s Senior VP of International Sales, in a recent Transport Topics article. “Hub Group, for example, has set up a geofence around Home Depot, and gets an alert that the trailer has been delivered, an alert when the doors open and an alert when the trailer is empty. It allows users to make a much quicker turn. Before they had to wait for the store to call them and tell them the transport unit had been unloaded and they could pick it up,” said Allred.

Faster turn times are just one of the ways telematics are helping to improve driver satisfaction, a major challenge affecting the industry today. Knowing the real-time status and location of cargo and trailers eliminates unnecessary yard checks and ensures trailers are picked up or re-deployed with less downtime, translating into more paid road time for the driver.

“Shippers don’t want to be billed for detention time and trucking companies want their assets on the road making more runs,” said Allred. “Telematics from the use of cargo sensors gives visibility into the status of the cargo and can be turned into customized alerts if loading or unloading is taking too long. Shippers will either work more efficiently to speed up the process or move a trailer to the front of the line to avoid going over time and being billed.”

Trailer Visibility Translating to Safer, Happier Drivers

Mistakes in trailer assignments are another major cause of driver concern. Drivers get sent to locations they can’t bill for and must be reassigned. Drivers become frustrated, which can become a road safety issue that can affect vehicle operation and increase fuel costs. Operations where these errors are common are more likely to experience higher driver turnover rates. Visibility into the status of a trailer with the use of cargo sensors helps mitigate these errors.

Sensors Helping Prevent Cargo Theft

Cargo sensors can also help boost security by detecting and preventing cargo theft. Operators and drivers receive alerts if a change in load status occurs or if the sensor is damaged, tampered with or removed. This can work in conjunction with tracking devices to determine if unauthorized unloading events are taking place, allowing companies to keep close track of high-value cargo and gain greater peace of mind.

Cargo and door sensors along with fleet tracking devices and state-of-the-art applications have become an integral part of a complete asset management solution. ORBCOMM is providing J.B. Hunt with a comprehensive telematics solution using our solar-powered GT 1100 tracking devices with integrated cargo sensors. It gives full visibility to multiple classes of trailing equipment with installation times of under 15 minutes on either loaded or unloaded trailers, meaning trailers don’t even need to be taken out of circulation.

“These comprehensive telematics solutions will decrease cargo theft, increase operational efficiency, decrease unauthorized use of assets and offer J.B. Hunt control over every facet of its fleet operations,” said Tracy Black, Senior Vice President of Information Systems for J.B. Hunt.

J.B Hunt telematics solution

J.B. Hunt selected ORBCOMM to equip its 90,000-plus intermodal and over-the-road (OTR) trailing fleets with end-to-end tracking and monitoring.

Telematics improves operational efficiency and saves the industry millions of dollars in fuel, maintenance and asset wear and tear. Fleets of all sizes that had been slow to adopt the technology in the past are now looking at telematics as a means to drive more efficient operations, improve the bottom line and remain competitive.

To learn more about ORBCOMM’s advanced sensor technology and complete telematics solutions, contact us at sales@orbcomm.com.

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