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FSMA, Smart Assets and Cargo Security: TCA 2016 Preview

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These are interesting and challenging times for truckload carriers, shippers and receivers. First, new Internet of Things (IoT) technology is turning trailers and containers into “smart” assets that track, monitor and control fleets and cargo. At the same time, cargo theft is bringing security solutions to the forefront, while new regulations (such as the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are putting more pressure on food transporters than ever before.

At the core of solutions to these challenges is wireless technology which provides data that becomes instantly actionable at any point along the supply chain. Turning fleets, trailers and containers into smart assets can have a significant impact on operational costs, profitability and customer satisfaction.

I’m looking forward to discussing these trends next week at the Truckload Carriers Association 2016 Annual Convention. For 78 years, the TCA Annual Convention has become the premier gathering for the truckload segment of the trucking industry, where industry executives share ideas and develop new strategies for the future.

What: TCA 2016 Annual Convention
When: March 6 – 9, 2016
Where: Wynn Las Vegas Hotel, ORBCOMM Booth #320

Going to be at the show? We’d love to meet with you. Schedule a Meeting with us and visit ORBCOMM booth #320 to learn how our leading telematics devices and powerful applications combine to help transport companies and fleet operators remotely locate, manage and control their fleets. We’ll also have exciting news to share on a number of fronts…

Trailer Tracking, Telematics & Fleet Management

ORBCOMM’s GT 1100 will be on display, where you can see for yourself why solar power is a game changer for trailer/container tracking when it comes to reduced maintenance hassle and lower total cost of ownership. You can also see our CargoWatch® web application in action, and learn why it’s the industry’s most trusted solution for smart trailer telematics.

For those interested in fleet management and driver monitoring, you can also see how our new cellular IDP-782 device pairs with our viaFleet fleet management application to connect more than just the dots.

Reefer & Cold Chain Monitoring

Be sure to visit ORBCOMM’s FSMA-Ready.com to find out what you need to know about the most sweeping reform of U.S. food safety laws in more than 70 years. While you’re there, you can download the Simplified Guide to FSMA for Food Transporters, as well as a brand new checklist entitled 10 Things Carriers Can Do Today for FSMA Compliance.

If you’re attending TCA 2016, ask us how ORBCOMM solutions can help you get FSMA compliant. You can also see a demo of our new mobile app, which enables you to use ORBCOMM’s ReeferTrak® application to monitor and control refrigerated assets in real-time from your mobile device.

Cargo Security & Intermodal

This week ORBCOMM launched CargoWatch® Secure, a powerful cargo security and condition monitoring application providing complete visibility for cargo in transit and in storage. Drop by our booth to learn more about this, as well as leading edge devices and multi-network connectivity for intermodal asset tracking and other applications.

For those we won’t see at TCA 2016, please feel free to contact us anytime to discuss connected assets and fleet telematics.

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Chris MacDonald

Chris MacDonald is ORBCOMM’s Vice President, Transportation Solutions Sales

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