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Dual-Mode Satellite/Cellular IoT: The Next Generation – Live Webinar Coming May 5

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Dual-Mode IoT WebinarWith COVID-19 changing the world as we know it, our first wish is that this finds you safe and well. For those of us fortunate enough to continue working, we’re facing up to the prospect of doing so from home for the foreseeable future. Regardless of your new reality, ORBCOMM wants to ensure you stay up to speed on the latest innovations in industrial IoT and M2M…

Satellite/Cellular IoT: The Next Generation

The All-New ST 9100 Dual-Mode Terminal for Industrial IoT
Free Live Webinar: Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 1pm EDT (5pm UTC)
(Sesión en español: Jueves 7 de mayo)

What hasn’t changed is that there are 30 billion connected devices in the world today, and that number is expected to double in the next four years. Industries all over the globe are taking advantage of IoT connectivity to enhance their operations, and satellite is critical to ensuring the uninterrupted flow of information.

Join ORBCOMM’s experts for this informative and engaging webinar where you’ll learn about the many capabilities of our brand-new ST 9100 device – a dual-mode satellite and cellular terminal for diverse IoT applications, ideal for remotely monitoring and controlling assets across multiple industries:

  • Transportation: Keep fleets connected with uninterrupted efficiency.
  • Mining: Track and enhance operations both inside the mine and out.
  • Maritime: Never lose sight of dry and refrigerated assets or vessels at sea.
  • Oil & Gas/Utilities: Safely monitor and control remote equipment in the field.

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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 to bolster your solutions, you’re sure to walk away with some practical tips and fresh ideas.

Get tracking with the industry leader in smart IoT-enabled telematics

ORBCOMM asset tracking devices and connectivity provide the total visibility needed to enable VARs and solution providers to optimize utilization, reduce costs, enhance efficiency and more. That’s why the world’s top companies trust ORBCOMM for reliable, cost-effective, easy-to-use tracking, monitoring and control.

To learn more, schedule a demo or email sales@orbcomm.com.

 

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Surviving Supply Chain Shock: The Value of Visibility

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The COVID-19 crisis has hit world maritime trade and supply chain operations with unprecedented scale and speed. Now more than ever, visibility is crucial to keep shipping, ports and cross-border trade flowing as efficiently as possible and equally to help supply chain ecosystems become more resilient, resistant and responsive to this and future shocks 

From first to last mile, across land and oceans, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted world maritime trade and global container supply chain operations at unimaginable speed and scale. Trucking, rail, intermodal, ocean and inland shipping, ports and terminals, warehouses, DCs and more have all been deeply disrupted.

As nations around the world close their borders and curtail the movement of billions of people in the fight to curb the virus, freight still needs to keep flowing. We salute the truck drivers, rail operators, port people, seafarers, warehouse workers and all the other frontline #freightfolk who are working hard to ensure the continued international supply of essential foodstuffs, medicine, fuel and equipment, as well as the industrial and consumer goods needed to preserve our global trade economy for a post-COVID-19 world.

None of us yet knows exactly what that world will look like. But we can be sure that technology, both digital and automated, will play a vital role, both in the immediate future and to support the longer-term rebuilding of world trade, shipping and supply chain ecosystems.

In his March 25 address to world leaders ahead of the G20 Virtual Summit, the Secretary-General of UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, stressed that “all available technological trade and transport facilitation solutions should be used to reduce the burden posed by COVID-19 on maritime and cross-border trade. We cannot afford to compound the health and economic challenge facing us.”

Not surprisingly, UNCTAD’s focus on the importance of technology to keep freight and supply chains flowing has been widely echoed. Writing this March in the Journal of Commerce on the outlook for global container shipping, Lars Jensen of Sea-Intelligence Maritime Consulting observes that the huge and growing worldwide pressure on human resources, large numbers of people working from home and – for those who cannot do so – the critical need to minimize direct physical contact, has “mercilessly revealed which parts of the supply chain process are not yet digitalized.”

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Latest COVID-19 News for Fleets and Drivers

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As we face into another week of a disrupted COVID-19 world, we wanted to provide the latest news to help keep you up to date during these times. Here are the latest industry updates:

FMCSA Extension Until May 15

The FMCSA has extended the Hours of Service Emergency Declaration until May 15, and expanded it to cover the transportation of liquefied gases for refrigeration or cooling systems.

FMCSA Emergency HOS Declaration
Remember, as it pertains to emergency HOS declarations:

  • Ensure you and your drivers understand how Federal and State declarations apply to your fleet
  • Annotate any records related to an exempt trip for log management
  • Retain all supporting documentation related to the use of the exemption
  • Ensure documentation is available at the roadside and maintained for the required six-month HOS record retention period.

Questions? We’re here to help. Email us at safetyandcompliance@orbcomm.com.

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Helping Drivers to Stay Safe During Covid-19 – Visor Card

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As we are all aware, the world is changing rapidly, and we are going through an unprecedented time of uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. At times like this, it becomes even more apparent how the nation’s truckers support us and keep trade moving.

Truck drivers are in the spotlight as one of the leading figures in keeping food on the shelves and hospitals in stock of vital emergency equipment. As HDT Trucking reports, it’s a scary time and drivers are worried about their health on the road.

To help keep drivers informed, ORBCOMM has developed a handy visor card for drivers with some tips on staying safe during the current pandemic. It’s available to print, download and share by email or mobile version. It contains some short, but essential tips for drivers to stay safe during the Covid-19 crisis. Our highest priority is the health and safety of our transportation community, including drivers, employees, partners and vendors.

(Download and Print Visor Card) (Download Mobile Version) (Español)

Wash Your Hands

The CDC says hand washing is vital in pandemic times. Potentially infectious virus particles that might be on the skin can be effectively removed by soap and water. Wash your hands for 20 seconds (or the length of time it takes to sing happy birthday) or use a waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching eyes, ears and mouth, especially after making deliveries.

Clean Your Cab and Trailers

Disinfect any hard surface such as plastic or metal by washing with soap or detergent in water. This inactivates viruses that might live there. Inactivation reduces the risk of transferring the virus further.

Avoid Contact

Try to avoid places where other people in areas where they might congregate, such as truck stops. Practice social distancing. Maintaining separation from others is key to stopping the spread of Covid-19. Keep 6 feet apart in dispatch areas, locker rooms, at refuelling, during pickups and deliveries or anywhere that groups of people might gather.

Keep Communications Open

Drivers are already used to chatting over phone and in-cab devices. The fewer interactions you have with others, the better during Covid-19.

Don’t Go to Work If You’re Sick

If you’re feeling sick and have symptoms of Covid-19 such as a new persistent cough and/or high temperature, stay at home. Call your doctor for further guidance. Inform your employer if required and don’t leave home unless it’s for medical reasons.

Be Careful, but Don’t Panic

The CDC – reviewing previous coronaviruses – says the risk of spread is low from products or packaging that is shipped over days or weeks at low temperatures.

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COVID-19 Information for Fleets and Drivers

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Transportation workers are key to keeping the country moving at this time of crisis, ensuring hospitals have equipment and supplies and keeping food on supermarket shelves. It’s clear though that transportation companies are working in a completely different environment, even to the one we knew just a week ago. We are in a new normal. Here, we will compile some of the most important announcements for fleet-based operators, to help keep you informed and your business moving.

Relaxation of Hours-of-service

On March 13th, 2020, the FMCSA announced a national emergency declaration providing hours-of-service (HOS) relief to Commercial Motor Vehicle drivers transporting necessary goods during the outbreak of COVID-19. This included food, medical supplies, equipment for sanitization and community safety.

On March 31st, the USDOT took unprecedented further action in response to the outbreak, including the first-ever nationwide HOS emergency declaration. They introduced waivers for expiring commercial driver’s licenses and updated guidance on drug and alcohol testing. The declaration refers to CMV operations providing emergency relief for:

  • Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
  • Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants.
  • Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.
  • Immediate precursor raw materials—such as paper, plastic or alcohol—that are required and to be used for the manufacture of essential items.
  • Equipment supplies and persons necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine.
  • Persons designated by federal, state or local authorities for medical, isolation, or quarantine purposes.
  • Persons necessary to provide other medical or emergency services.

The declaration also outlines measures for the continuing safety of the nation’s roads: “once a driver has completed his or her delivery, the drive must receive a minimum of 10 hours off duty if transporting property, and eight hours if transporting passengers.”

CARES Package Passed by Congress

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act has been passed by Congress. It provides support by allowing small fleets to take loans up to $10 million. Larger business will be eligible for loans, loan guarantees and investments through Federal Reserve lending programs. These are aimed at propping up the economy as workers are coming to terms with physical distancing and shelter-in-place requirements. The ATA’s Chris Spear says: “Truckers don’t have the option to telework, and they’re not asking for a handout. But they are asking for liquidity and the necessary bridge to keep trucks moving as America recovers from this crisis.”

Canada’s HOS exemption for Covid-19

Canadian officials have announced an exemption to HOS to ensure Covid-19 relief. Director-General of Transport Canada’s Multimodal and Road Safety Program, Michael DeJong said the exemption applies to all provinces and territories and applies to drivers or operators who are transporting essential supplies and equipment.

Free Food and Parking for Drivers

Some truck stops and state associations have started to offer free food, refreshments and parking to truckers who are still on the road during Covid-19. Transport Topics says the Nebraska Trucking Association for one has partnered with several chains to supply drivers with free lunches.

Waiver for Learner Drivers

The FMCSA has this week announced a waiver for learner drivers. This lifts certain restrictions for learner drivers for three months, to ensure they can continue driving in the current crisis. Read the full story in FreightWaves.

Postponing Roadcheck

The CVSA has postponed its annual Roadcheck inspection. The annual safety blitz was scheduled for May 5-7.  It’s hoped it can be rescheduled for later in the year. Currently, it plans to run Operation Safe Driver Week and Brake Safety on their scheduled dates.

Important Links

#ThankATrucker

We want to highlight just one of the many stories the world is sharing on social media to #ThankATrucker

Leading by Example: Western Flyer Express Joins Front Lines of COVID Response
As grocery stores began running low on inventory as COVID-19 was spreading in the United States. Randy Timms started to think of people in small towns with limited shopping options, and how he could help (Read more)

Here to Help

Here at ORBCOMM, we want to help. We have created a dedicated Covid-19 Resources page, https://www.orbcomm.com/en/covid19 with customer support information, our visor card and some links to help you stay as up to date as possible.

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FMCSA Publishes COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

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On March 13, the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”), published an Emergency Declaration which suspends Hours of Service (HOS) for drivers providing direct assistance to the COVID-19 outbreak relief effort. Per the FMCSA, the declaration is in effect until the COVID-19 emergency is terminated or April 12, 2020, whichever comes first. This Emergency Declaration applies only to drivers and carriers in the United States. The Canadian Government and Transport Canada have not announced any emergency changes to HOS or carrier operations in Canada at the time of this publication.

Under this Emergency Declaration the FMCSA has defined specific criteria that allow a carrier to be eligible for HOS relief. Guidance and a copy of the Declaration can be found at the FMCSA’s Emergency Declaration page.

Carriers and drivers will need to familiarize themselves with the specifics of the Emergency Declaration and coordinate with federal, state and local authorities regarding eligibility for HOS exemption in relation to potential COVID-19 support operations.

While this Emergency Declaration provides the flexibility needed to respond to the developing health crisis, drivers and carriers should monitor driver fatigue to ensure driver safety and the safe delivery of supplies and support.

As the COVID-19 situation evolves we expect there will be further clarifications and adjustments related to Hours of Service. ORBCOMM will continue to monitor the changes and will respond as necessary.  Drivers and carriers are encouraged to monitor the FMCSA’s website as well as state and local agencies during the COVID-19 emergency to ensure they have the most up to date information and understand how these changes will affect their fleets.

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Global Container Shipping gets a New Digital Track and Trace Standard

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ReeferConnect IoT telematics solutionAs we highlighted in two extensive ORBCOMM reports during the last quarter of 2019 – the Next Phase of IoT in Shipping Digitalization: Data Interoperability, Integration & Intelligence and Disrupting the Cold Chain: 5 Key Takeaways from Cool Logistics – work is now gathering pace within the global container shipping industry on the development of open standards to help accelerate and facilitate digitalization and automation, including the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technology as a key component.

Two of the leading organizations spearheading this work are DCSA, the Digital Container Shipping Association and COA, the Container Owners Association. DCSA is developing a range of standardization initiatives that kicked off last September with the publication of its ‘Industry Blueprint’ process mapping exercise to create common definitions and terminology for the flow of events and notifications typically involved in a container shipment. COA is focused – for now – on standards related to IoT telematics for refrigerated container operations, which remains by far the dominant segment of the container market to so far embrace IoT telematics.

ORBCOMM, along with other digital technology providers to the container shipping, ports and logistics industries, is working closely with both DCSA and COA on these standardization endeavours. Similar standardization work is underway in container ports, terminals and other sectors of the container supply chain.

DCSA’s first major standard was published at the end of this January and is focused on container track and trace (T&T). In this article, we take a closer look at the new T&T standard, why it has been developed and what it could mean for digitalization in container shipping.

What is the DCSA T&T standard?

The DCSA Track and Trace (T&T) standard is a technology and vendor-neutral initiative intended to assist cross-carrier shipment tracking, data integration and information quality across the multi-event, multi-party affair that is global container shipping. Read more ›

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Increasing Efficiencies and Ensuring Compliance: visit ORBCOMM at TCA Truckload 2020

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The ORBCOMM team is looking forward to meeting industry professionals from across the country in Florida next week at the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Truckload 2020 Orlando. Join us at Booth 31, where we’ll be talking about the next generation of telematics and how our technology helps forward-thinking companies combat the biggest industry challenges.

The impact of ELD is still reverberating around the industry, while our neighbours in Canada can expect it to be front of mind for the next 12 months, at least. Elsewhere, the trucking industry is facing several challenges, including rising fuel expenditures, trailers going dark or missing because of network gaps, and disruptions to supply chains. We’ll tell you how telematics can solve these problems.

Drop by our booth to find out more on how to track, monitor and control all assets on one platform with the industry’s most advanced fleet management solution.

TCA Truckload Orlando
When: March 1-3, 2020
Where: Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Orlando, FL
ORBCOMM Booth 31

Here’s a taste of what to expect from the ORBCOMM team.

ELD Still A Hot Topic

We’ve been focussing on ELD since the mandate came into effect. After helping our North American customers through the deadline, we are now looking north of the border to Canada, where their own deadline will kick in June 2021.

Read more: Find out how Dutch Valley Foods works with ORBCOMM to ensure ELD compliance, improve CSA scores and reliably transport freight in temperature-controlled environments.

Ensuring Remote Connectivity

We look forward to introducing satellite back-up for our trailer tracking solution – GT 1200 series – giving our customers full connectivity in even the most unreliable cellular conditions.

Sneak Peek of New Additions

The team will be providing visitors with a sneak peek of the upcoming addition to our truck management solution, the IC 500 in-cab camera, which allows near real-time visibility into incidents to streamline accident reconstruction in the event of a claim against your fleet and to encourage better driver behavior.

BLE Sensor Updates

Beyond our existing integrated sensors, we are preparing to support additional options and update existing ones, including:

  • Temperature and Humidity: Monitor temperature and humidity-sensitive cargo.
  • Trailer ID: Identify if trucks and trailers are paired correctly and receive alerts when the wrong assets have been tethered.
  • Fuel: Detect rapid fuel loss.

Cargo Camera Sensor

Our upcoming optical cargo sensor for dry assets uses camera technology to further enhance our cargo sensor capabilities. Unlike standard cargo sensors on the market, which can only detect if an asset is loaded or unloaded, our new camera sensor uses image recognition to detect the specific load percentage of the asset, while also determining load conditions and dunnage/cleanout verification. We offer multiple install options, including trailer side, roof, and both sides of the door, allowing customers versatility in monitoring their assets.

Be sure to follow #2020TCA and @ORBCOMM_Inc on Twitter for the latest from the show floor. For those that we won’t see at this year’s convention, feel free to reach out any time to learn how ORBCOMM can help you with your trailer and container tracking needs.

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Reefer Monitoring & Control: Preventing Revenue Loss While Staying Compliant – Q and A with Expert Chris Corlee

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Ensuring temperature compliance through multiple points in the supply chain is one of the biggest challenges a refrigerated fleet can face. If not tracked closely, temperature errors, deviations and equipment malfunctions can lead to wasted food and other perishable cargo, as well as food safety issues and cargo claims for the fleet.

Implementing a proper cold chain solution across your fleet will help eliminate many of the challenges of refrigerated shipping. Here to answer some questions on why you should consider a cold chain solution is Chris Corlee, Director of Sales Engineering, TMS Integration Specialist and cold chain expert at ORBCOMM.

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Bridge Strikes, What Damage do they Cause and How to Avoid Them?

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Did you know… in the UK alone, there are five bridge strikes per day?

At every Transport Manager Conference in the UK in 2019, we heard of the many challenges and opportunities hauliers are facing daily. One thing that we’ve heard crop up again and again – an avoidable issue – is that of UK bridge strikes. Recent figures say there are typically five strikes per day across the UK. Hauliers face losses of millions of pounds per year as a result. There is a lot of scope for improvement in preventing bridge strikes with the right systems and processes. Telematics and clear processes can work together on the prevention of bridge strikes and eliminate the risks associated with bridge strikes.

Image via Network Rail

What is a Bridge Strike?

A bridge strike happens when an HGV or other vehicle collides with a railway bridge or with a bridge over a railway. There are around 2,000 incidents in the UK annually and approximately 180 in Ireland. Sarah Bell, Traffic Commissioner for London and the South East outlined at the recent FTA Transport Manager Conference series that UK bridge strikes are still a major issue for operators. In a four-week period alone in 2019, there were 96 strikes leading to March 5. As Sarah Bell says, there’s plenty of room for improvement.

Research says that nearly half of lorry drivers surveyed (43%) admit to not measuring their vehicle before taking to the road. Read more ›

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