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Dark Vessel Detection Enhances AIS Data to Protect our Oceans and Improve Maritime Safety

“Dark” vessel activity is becoming an increasingly common practice, where vessels turn off their AIS transponders or cooperative beacons to engage in illegal activities and evade authorities. As such, dark vessel detection has become increasingly important to pinpoint vessels that are up to nefarious activities, such as Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing among other maritime safety and security concerns.

While bad intentioned vessel crews may think they can go undetected, if they still have their S-Band or X-Band marine radar on, satellite Radio Frequency (RF) can be used to enhance existing AIS services and enable reliable detection from space.

Satellite AIS White PaperWe at ORBCOMM are very excited to announce our partnership with UnseenLabs to distribute their space-based RF detection technology via ORBCOMM’s global maritime AIS data services channels.

In addition to detecting IUU fishing, UnseenLabs’ dedicated, state-of-the art satellite constellation can assist in many maritime security related applications, including trade sanctions compliance, counter piracy and human/drug trafficking just to name a few. Using its proprietary, on-board RF technology based on the identification of electromagnetic waves emitted by ships, UnseenLabs is able to geolocate any vessel at sea from space, in near-real time and regardless of weather conditions to within a kilometer, from a single nanosatellite.

dark vessel detection via satellite RF technology
UnseenLabs is able to geolocate any vessel at sea from space, in near-real time and regardless of weather conditions to within a kilometer, from a single nanosatellite.

With the advent of this commercially available RF detection technology, it is now more difficult for bad actors to hide themselves in the high seas or even among the high-density areas of the world, such as the South China Sea, where the large volume of AIS transmissions and VHF interferers can make satellite AIS detection more challenging.

ORBCOMM remains committed to supporting these maritime domain awareness missions by providing the widest sourced AIS data set and seeking any other alternative data services, such as RF, which can assist in illuminating activity on our oceans and waterways. We look forward to working with UnseenLabs to bring this innovative technology to our maritime partners and customers.

To learn more, read the full announcement, or email us at info@orbcomm.com

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Important Canadian ELD Update: One-year Progressive Enforcement Plan Approved

On May 5, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) announced that all Canadian provinces and territories have reached an agreement on a progressive enforcement plan for the Canadian ELD mandate. The plan stipulates that the provinces and territories will not impose penalties for the first 12 months after the introduction of the Canadian ELD mandate on June 12, 2021.  

Canadian ELD Update webinar

Although the primary reason for this decision, according to CCMTA, is the impact of COVID-19, there are other factors that have led to the decision on progressive enforcement: 

  • There are currently no certified ELDs, one month prior to the original enforcement date. 
  • There is only one Transport Canada-approved certifying body, creating a certification backlog. 
  • The testing procedure is going through changes and refinements while ELDs are being tested, slowing down testing and forcing repeat testing in some cases. 
  • Regular communications between Transport Canada, the trucking industry and enforcement partners (provinces and territories) have not been forthcoming, creating uncertainty for all parties. 

ORBCOMM remains committed to providing a certified Canadian ELD and continues to follow all the steps and guidance to achieve that goal. Here is what we are doing in response to the progressive enforcement plan: 

  • We remain committed to completing certification by June 12, 2021, while recognizing that this could be impacted by further changes from Transport Canada. 
  • We are working with the industry and enforcement partners to confirm any further details related to the progressive enforcement plan. 
  • We will continue to provide updates over the coming weeks as more information trickles in. 

For answers to other common questions about the Canadian ELD mandate, watch the replay of our latest webinar at https://www2.orbcomm.com/eld-canada-update.  

If you have more specific questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at eld@orbcomm.com.  

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Satellite AIS: A Digital Revolution at Sea (Video Q&A)

Since its inception in the early 1990s, AIS (Automatic Identification System) data has played a vital role in digitizing maritime industries and there is no sign of it slowing down. Over the years, Satellite AIS technology has continued to evolve as an accurate, reliable and rich source of information with a widening array of unique use cases. Today, AIS data helps address the many challenges that face maritime industries, including vessel tracking, national security, search and rescue operations, illegal fishing, environmental impacts and piracy.

Satellite AIS White Paper

To better understand Satellite AIS and the benefits of smart technology for maritime operations, Namrata Nadkarni, Founder and CEO at Intent Communications, sat down with Andrew Loretta, Senior Director, Maritime Business Development at ORBCOMM to walk through the importance of this technology, its impact on maritime industries, unique use cases, ORBCOMM’s contributions and more.

ORBCOMM has operated AIS-enabled satellites for nearly a dozen years now. Tell us a little bit about Satellite AIS and how ORBCOMM has been involved in its development.

ORBCOMM’s involvement with Satellite AIS started at the very beginning of its development when the US government engaged with us to determine if broadcasted messages from vessels could be collected using satellites in space so they could be tracked for homeland security purposes. ORBCOMM was awarded a contract from the US Coast Guard in 2004 and we launched our first commercial AIS satellites in 2008. Since then, we have expanded our AIS data service to include terrestrial AIS and we are working towards the launch of our fourth generation of AIS satellites this year in 2021.

Satellite AIS has been called a ‘game changer’ for a wide range of applications. What are those applications and how would you describe Satellite AIS’s impact on each of them?

Satellite AIS is a game changer for several reasons, starting with the fact that it completely revolutionizes what we know about vessels operating in the middle of the ocean, from the moment they leave port to when they arrive at their destination. Information that had never been attainable before, such as what route the vessel took, did it stop anywhere and anything else it might have done along the way is all readily available.

For maritime safety and security, Satellite AIS data enables much more responsive rescue operations for vessels that were in trouble at sea. Unlawful activity like illegal fishing and environmental disasters such as oil spills have become highly visible, and counter piracy operations and trade sanctions are easily managed. From a commercial perspective, Satellite AIS helps shippers better track their goods, allows vessel owners to keep better tabs on their own ships and those of their competitors, and enables commodity traders to better understand where the market demand currently is.

What are some of the use cases we see now for Satellite AIS that may not have been initially anticipated when the technology was first deployed?

Several unique, unanticipated use cases for Satellite AIS technology have come up over the years. One application that has been developed recently is the use of Satellite AIS to track and reduce carbon emissions from vessels by correlating vessel location data with where carbon emissions have been seen. Another application helps increase supply chain visibility by pairing shipping info, such as a bill of lading, with AIS data to determine shipping ETAs.

Satellite AIS has also recently been paired with other IoT technology that has been accelerating in recent years, such as machine learning and AI, to transcend current applications. With the help of predictive analytics, vessel activity is not only visible in real-time, but can be predicted ahead of time based on where the vessel has been, significantly improving the way regulatory authorities manage illegal fishing operations, trade sanctions and compliance.

Satellite AIS technology has a bright future in the maritime industry and ORBCOMM is committed to helping bring the benefits of its many use cases to our customers. Our industry-leading AIS data service delivers the most complete picture of global vessel activity such as location, identification and other critical data to enable shippers, authorities and government bodies around the world with valuable insights that assist in the tracking of maritime operations and regulations.

To view the full Q&A,visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqbyJBAG5T0

For more information on our AIS data services, visit https://www2.orbcomm.com/ais-data

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Canadian ELD Update: What You Need to Know as the Deadline Looms

Canadian ELD UpdateFree Live Webinar Hosted by Today’s Trucking
Canadian ELD Update: What You Need to Know as the Deadline Looms
Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 1:00 PM EDT

The landscape around the Canadian ELD mandate is changing quickly. Even if you’ve attended a previous session on Canadian ELD, you’ll want to tune in to find out the very latest news and what it all means for your fleet.

Join our experts for this informative and engaging webinar, as we explore:

  • Recent changes and what new information you need before the upcoming Canadian ELD mandate
  • What to make of Transport Canada’s recent announcements and how to ensure your fleet is ready when enforcement begins
  • The timeline and rollout plan for Transport Canada’s enforcement of the mandate
Register Now

Who Should Attend?
This webinar is a must attend for Owners; CEOs; COOs; operations, safety officers, compliance officers, driver trainers, fleet managers, dispatch supervisors, device maintenance managers, IT project managers, human resources personnel, and anyone involved in fleet safety and compliance.

Moderated by: Joe Glionna, President, Newcom Media

Speaker:

Scott StoferScott Stofer
Director of Safety and Legal Compliance, ORBCOMM
Scott is responsible for the product lifecycle of fleet safety solutions, as well as ELD mandate and hours-of-service compliance for the US and Canada. Scott has over 10 years of IoT and Telematics experience, including web and mobile software development, as well as the design and deployment of wireless networks for data collection. He currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.

More Canadian ELD Resources

Be sure to also consult the following resources designed to help your fleet prepare for the Canadian ELD deadline:

The Definitive Canadian ELD Deadline Transition Guide

The Canadian ELD Mandate FAQ – Penalties, Deadlines & Certification

Webinar Replay: What Canadian ELD Means for Regional and Cross-Border Fleets

To equip your fleet with a trusted Canadian ELD solution, request a quote today or email eld@orbcomm.com.

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Breaking Canadian ELD News: Update on Progressive Enforcement

Today, we’re bringing you an important update on the Canadian ELD mandate. 

Canadian ELD webinar

As part of the communication between ORBCOMM and Transport Canada, we received confirmation that Transport Canada is further refining the Progressive Enforcement policy that was announced by the Minister of Transportation on March 2nd. Transport Canada has confirmed to ORBCOMM that there will be no penalties issued during the initial Education and Awareness phase, which begins on June 12. This penalty-free period is estimated to last three months from the June 12 deadline. This will apply to both Canadian-domiciled and U.S. cross-border drivers. 

While drivers and carriers will not be penalized for lack of a certified ELD during the 1st phase, they must continue to maintain accurate Records of Duty Status (RODS). ORBCOMM’s Hours of Service and ELD systems provide accurate RODS today for both Canada and the U.S. and will continue to do so seamlessly through the Canadian ELD transition. 

ORBCOMM remains committed to offering the highest level of safety and compliance, including providing a certified Canadian ELD solution to meet the June 12 deadline. We welcome the progressive enforcement approach, which will provide drivers and carriers adequate time to successfully make the transition to the ELD standard. 

Transport Canada has reinforced the importance of outfitting vehicles with certified ELDs “as soon as reasonably possible.” Because this progressive enforcement period has not been legislated and could therefore be modified at any time, we strongly encourage fleets to ensure they have certified devices ahead of June 12. The Education and Awareness phase can be used as a time for drivers to familiarize themselves with the new processes before true enforcement begins. 

For more on this and other updates surrounding the Canadian ELD mandate, please join us for a Live Webinar with Today’s Trucking on April 21. We will provide valuable information and insights to help you ensure readiness for this mandate:

Canadian ELD Update: What You Need to Know as the Deadline Looms
Live Webinar Co-Hosted with Today’s Trucking
April 21, 2021, 1PM EDT

Have any questions about Canadian ELD? You can ask me directly at eld@orbcomm.com

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Suez Canal Incident Illuminates Critical Role of AIS Data in Making Informed Supply Chain Decisions

In recent days you have probably seen a lot of coverage on the Evergreen marine container vessel, Ever Given, getting stuck in the Suez Canal and holding up global trade as a result. One of the critical maritime shipping choke points in the world, the vessel became stuck in a channel of the Suez where traffic goes in both directions, so the Canal was completely shut down for nearly a week because of the accident.

AIS Data white paperSome experts have estimated that this hold-up cost $400 million an hour in global trade. There were reports of vessels in the canal queue that were carrying livestock with a limited supply of feed available on board, tankers delayed that were causing oil rationing in countries such as Syria and countless refrigerated containers with perishable goods on board other ships. Going around Africa from Europe to Asia adds seven days to a voyage, so many vessel operators were stuck trying to decide whether to go the long way around or hope the Ever Given would be dislodged in under that time while balancing the financial and logistics impacts.

Unfortunately, a traffic jam like this was probably inevitable. The good news is that thanks in part to technology like ORBCOMM’s satellite Automatic Identification System (AIS) data services, global shipping companies and operators are more connected to their vessels than ever before. Nearly all large commercial vessels also have broadband satellite connectivity, so critical operational information, such as engine diagnostics or the status of the refrigeration units of the containers it is carrying, is being collected and sent off the vessel at sea to home offices on land. Vessel charters and routers have maritime IoT technology at their fingertips to re-route the vessels that were waiting at the canal or other vessels they may have been able to re-position from somewhere else. There is no understating the significant impact that the Ever Given has in shutting down the Suez Canal, but it would have been much worse if it had happened even twenty years ago when the use of AIS data was limited to ship- to-ship collision avoidance, and commercial satellite broadband was not widely available or affordable.

AIS view of Ever Given, courtesy of ORBCOMM AIS partner Oceaneering

ORBCOMM launched the first commercial AIS satellites over a decade ago, and our industry-leading containers and ports solutions provide remote, refrigerated, multi-modal container systems to hundreds of thousands of containers globally. ORBCOMM is focused on continuing to illuminate the dark areas of the supply chain by developing and deploying the latest advancements in IoT technology.  Our next-generation OGx satellite technology, which uses Inmarsat’s L-band satellite network, as well our VDES consortium with Saab and AAC Clyde Space, are just two examples of how we will be delivering more robust and reliable global satellite connectivity in the world of maritime digitalization and optimization.

Another way ORBCOMM helps to fill those informational gaps is by partnering with trusted solution providers who deliver applications that enable shippers and operators to make the best-informed decisions about their maritime operations. The expertise of ORBCOMM’s partners, together with our global AIS data services and multi-modal container monitoring solutions, provide critical operational information to our maritime customers up and down the supply chain than any other industrial IoT ecosystem. We know that taking calculated risks such as waiting for a vessel to be unstuck in the Suez Canal, versus sending the vessel all the way around the Cape of Good Hope, is a decision that could put tens of millions of dollars at stake depending on the cargo, supporting the need for making ORBCOMM’s best-in-class satellite AIS services and IoT technology solutions an integral part of global maritime and shipping operations.

To learn more, visit https://www2.orbcomm.com/ais-data or email us at info@orbcomm.com

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Australian Fleet Telematics News: Booth Transport Looks to ORBCOMM to Enhance Fleet Visibility and Performance

In Australia, more operators are moving to ORBCOMM for fleet management. Our trailer, truck, reefer, tanker and container solutions – on one platform – are providing the innovative technology Australian transportation customers need to expand and grow their fleet.  

We recently announced that Booth Transport is working with ORBCOMM for advanced asset tracking and monitoring of its ISO tank containers, road tankers and chassis. Their configuration features a high-sensitivity solar panel with wired temperature sensors to gain complete visibility and control over their mixed fleet.  

This enables Booth Transport to monitor the temperature of dairy products in its ISO tanks and track its road tankers distributing wine and chassis transporting containers throughout Australia. With live and scheduled status updates, Booth can see whether their assets are in transit or in the yard, so they always know where their assets are located and if they are empty or loaded. This leads to improved turn times and yard management, while saving driving time and fuel. The data is also used to schedule asset maintenance and inspections, for increased utilization and performance.

Booth Transport

You can read the full news release here. Visit the Booth Transport website here.  

If you’re interested in finding out more about ORBCOMM telematics, we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to email us info@orbcomm.com.  

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5 Ways Cameras and Telematics Together can Enrich Your Fleet: Guide

It’s safe to say that updates in technology are changing the face of fleets. Thanks to telematics, fleet management has evolved quickly and efficiently. Software integrations create a secure connection to pair up fleet management tools for routing or transport management. The same can be said of the advances in camera technology. Our new guide aims to investigate how pairing telematics systems with camera technology can be a force for good for fleets.   

Download our new guide: 5 Reasons for Integrating Telematics and Camera Systems. 

What’s in this Guide?  

More fleets are seeing and availing of the benefits of having a camera in their vehicles. On its own, this video can help to exonerate drivers in the event of a collision. In an increasingly litigious environment, video can be the difference to a fleet’s survival if something goes wrong. The FMCSA says the average accident costs $91,000 while the average injury cost from accidents is $334,892.  

Smarter fleets are looking at the big picture. By adding camera footage to telematics data, fleet managers can proactively protect their drivers, their fleet, reduce insurance costs and unlock greater insights to deliver a safer business.  

Download our new guide to find out why integrating video to telematics can help protect drivers, enhance safety programs, reduce insurance costs, create a safer culture and more. Here’s a look at what’s inside.  

Exonerate Drivers 

The number one concern for fleets is its drivers. In the event of a collision, people do not always see each moment, or remember it accurately. The telematics system provides the background information, place and speed. Camera footage complements that by capturing the before, during and immediate aftermath, creating a virtual, indisputable witness.  

Increase Safety  

Camera footage when added to telematics data is a vital tool in any smart fleet manager’s arsenal. By combining the two, managers can potentially identify the cause of unsafe driving events like harsh braking and the context in which the event happened to improve awareness and accountability. Fleets can address these behaviors with drivers, reference specific instances and build trust with employees.  

Manage Litigation  

When it comes to understanding collisions, context is key. Video and telematics evidence can help clear ambiguity, or a dragged-out court process that ends in a “he said, she said” situation. See how video and telematics data help businesses mitigate risk and quickly address liability when a collision takes place.  

Reconstruct Accidents 

Get a full picture of any road incident. Easily reconstruct the full context of harsh driving or collision events, including internal and external factors—road conditions, weather, the position of the vehicle and driver involvement.   

Protect Against Staged Claims 

Staged collisions and “crash for cash” scams are, unfortunately, becoming more common. Telematics data combined with video allows for forensic analysis in the event of a collision, and irrefutable proof of who is at fault.  

If you’re ready to see the benefits of combining video with telematics data, download our guide. Or, to find out more about ORBCOMM’s IC 500 in-cab camera, with forward and inward-facing functionality, get in touch, you can request a demo here or email sales@orbcomm.com.

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Canadian ELD Mandate FAQ – Penalties, Deadlines & Certification: Your Questions Answered

Canadian and cross-border fleetsand their driversare acutely aware of the fast-approaching Canadian ELD deadline. On June 12, 2021, Transport Canada will implement its ELD mandate.

Canadian ELD GuideAs part of our approach to ensuring a smooth transition, we recently took part in a webinar with the TCA (Truckload Carriers Association) on the fast-approaching Canadian ELD deadline. It became clear during that webinar that there are still a lot of questions that need answers. We put these to our ELD expert Scott Stofer to ensure you and your fleet remain compliant, avoid any hefty fines and keep drivers and trucks on the road in Canada beyond June 12, 2021.

Here, you’ll find some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received on Canada’s ELD mandate. If you have any others, feel free to post them in the comments, or email them to eld@orbcomm.com.

Here are some of the most common Canadian ELD questions answered

  1. If a driver uses paper logs in the U.S., can they also use them in Canada?
    If your fleet is eligible for the 160km Short Haul exemption and remains within 160 km of your home terminal, even if the terminal is in the U.S. You can use paper logs under the Canadian ELD short-haul exemption.

  2. Can drivers send PDF RODS and CSV files to an inspector via Bluetooth, USB, or another way?
    Email is the only delivery method required by Transport Canada. Providers can add USB and Bluetooth as options, but email is still a requirement.

  3. Will paper logs be accepted if an ELD malfunctions?
    Yes. Drivers will need to switch to paper logs and rebuild records for the last 14 full days plus the current day. In the event of a malfunction, an ELD will need to be replaced or repaired within 14 days. If it is not repaired or replaced, this could result in non-compliance.

  4. What are the main differences between Canada and the U.S. when it comes to enforcing the mandate?
    Canada has worked to harmonize its ELD regulations with the U.S. as much as possible to support smooth operations.

    Unlike the U.S., Canada is not offering a grandfather clause for compliance. On June 12, non-compliant fleets could face citations and fines or difficulties in entering Canada from the U.S. if they do not have a certified ELD. A “progressive enforcement plan” has been announced by Transport Canada, with new details to follow.

    In Canada, an ELD must give a 30-minute warning before a driver reaches their duty limit. In the U.S. there’s no requirement for this alert.
    In Canada, fleet managers must choose an ELD that is third-party certified by a Transport Canada-accredited certifying body. If a fleet has an ELD approved for the U.S., it does not automatically mean it can be used in Canada. Fleets, including those crossing the Canadian border, need to have an independently certified ELD before the deadline.

  5. Will U.S. motor carriers need to follow the Canadian ELD mandate rule or will Transport Canada accept an ELD that already complies with the U.S. rules?
    No, Transport Canada will not accept an ELD that only complies with the U.S. regulations. Once you cross the border, the Canadian mandate applies and the ELD must be certified in Canada.

  6. Will there be a grace period once the June 12th deadline rolls around?
    Transport Canada has indicated it will continue with the June 12th Canadian ELD deadline with early enforcement measures of “education and awareness.” On March 2, 2021, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said that a “progressive enforcement period” will be imposed to give the industry time to obtain and install certified ELDs. We anticipate more details on this plan to be released in the coming weeks.

  7. Will ELDs be available in French and English?
    There is currently no requirement for an ELD to offer French to achieve certification. If this is a requirement for your fleet, it is important to confirm with ELD providers that they offer Canadian French support.

    Our ELD for the United States is already available in Canadian French. Our Canadian ELD will also be available in French to facilitate dual-language fleets.

  8. Is third-party ELD certification permanent or is there an ongoing process to ensure vendors remain compliant?
    There is a formal process to maintain third-party certification. After an ELD is certified, it enters a surveillance period, with full recertification every four years. There is also a process for customers to report non-compliant ELDs.

  9. Are there specific rules in different provinces or territories?  Am I exempt if I only operate within a single province or territory?
    As of March 1, 2021, the provinces and territories have not issued their own set of rules regarding ELD compliance. The mandate applies to fleets operating under federal regulations and carriers operating within a single province do not require an ELD.

  10. Why is third-party certification required in Canada?
    In contrast to the U.S., where vendors can self-certify ELDs, Canada requires third-party certification. Third-party certification provides an extra layer of protection for drivers and carriers to ensure that an ELD meets all the requirements of the Canadian ELD Mandate.

    In November 2020, FPInnovations, a Canadian research center was accredited as the first third-party organization to certify ELDs. The group already has an active program providing third-party ELD certification in the U.S. for providers seeking to ensure the highest levels of compliance, of which ORBCOMM is certified.

    ORBCOMM has initiated the certification process for Canadian ELD. You can find the latest information regarding the Canadian ELD Mandate 2021 here.

  11. Where can you see what devices are certified in Canada?  
    Transport Canada will update its site with approved ELDs once they are certified by an accredited body. You can see the list here.  

For more information on the Canadian ELD mandate and what it means for you and your fleet, we have some options...

Learn more about our Canadian ELD solution, or speak to a Canadian ELD expert today at eld@orbcomm.com.

Catch up on our webinar with TCA, for the full picture of Canadian ELD
Beyond Borders: What Canadian ELD means for Regional and Cross-border fleets.

Download our transition guide
Canadian ELD Mandate: The Definitive Deadline Transition Guide.

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Helping Keelings Keep its Cool with Refrigerated Transportation: Case Study

Truck Telematics“Things like live temperature tracking, Tacho, Working Hours Analysis, the Critical Events. These are useful and I can see it all at the click of a button.” – Dermot Byrne, National Transport Manager with Keelings Retail U.C.

Download our latest case study to find out how Keelings Retail U.C. leverages ORBCOMM telematics to ensure the integrity of perishable goods and on-time deliveries across Ireland.

Keelings Retail U.C. is an Irish fruit and vegetable grower and distributor. Supplying fresh produce to the Irish retail sector, the company delivers fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, and plants daily. A fully family-owned business, Keelings Retail U.C. has worked with ORBCOMM telematics to ensure on-time deliveries and efficient management of its fleet.

Helping Keelings Keep Their Cool

With strict rules governing the transport and control of fresh fruit and vegetables, ORBCOMM technology is in near-constant use by the Keelings team to ensure the quality and integrity of its refrigerated assets from farm to shop.

ORBCOMM temperature monitoring technology checks variations and tolerances to ensure the quality of refrigerated loads from their origin to their destination. The solution includes configurable alarms that report condition changes, major temperature variations from set points, rapid fuel loss, arrivals/departures from geofences and more.

Ensuring On-Time Deliveries

Geofencing is vital for Keelings to ensure they maintain timely deliveries. Geofencing effectively draws a line around an area such as a yard or retail delivery point and can trigger an alert or message when a vehicle passes through. For Keelings, this use case gives peace of mind to transport managers, who receive confirmation by email when a vehicle has arrived at its destination.

Examining Driver Performance Scoring

Drivers are the lifeblood of any trucking or transportation service and Keelings is no different. In working with ORBCOMM for over a decade, the team at Keelings is harnessing real value in monitoring driver performance scoring and using the data to improve safety and fuel efficiency.

Driver performance scoring monitors drivers in categories like harsh braking, harsh acceleration, over-revving and hard cornering. The system gives drivers a score of A, B, or C. The A grade refers to safe and efficient driving habits, while the C grade suggests room for improvement. The data that flows through the system enables Keelings to promote a better, safer, and more efficient driver workforce. Byrne says, “quarterly we sit down with drivers and go through their performance scores. We have definitely seen improvements in driver safety and compliance in using the system.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about ORBCOMM telematics, we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to email us info@orbcomm.com or chat live now.

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