Webinar: Join Transportation Experts to Re-Evaluate the Supply Chain

We’re looking forward to adding our voice on the future of transportation to the upcoming Expert Webinar Panel: Re-Evaluating the Supply Chain. 

Facilitated by Berkeley Innovation X-labs, the expert panel will answer questions on where transportation and trucking are going, how the industry is innovating, how it should innovate and how the role of the supply chain is evolving during these uncertain, pandemic times.  

The webinar will take place on Thursday, September 3, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (Pacific Time.) It’s a must-attend event for supply chain, transportation, logistics and trucking industry professionals.  

ORBCOMM’s Ashish Chona, SVP, IoT Transportation Intelligence, will join the panel at Berkeley Innovation Sutardja Centre for Entrepreneurship & Technology, along with representatives from Gartner, Project 44, PINC and UC Berkeley. They will be taking a deep dive into what lies ahead for one of the biggest industries in the country. The logistics industry in the U.S. is worth close to two trillion dollars, while trucking moves 71% of all freight and delivers nearly 6% of full-time jobs. 

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The Importance of Real-Time for In-cab Voice Coaching

Go beyond ELD compliance: true real time voice coaching for your service fleet. In-cab device with logo.

When it comes to making a substantial improvement in the safety and operational performance of drivers, real-time feedback makes all the difference. Unfortunately, many in-cab telematics solutions throw this term around quite loosely. When an at-risk driving event occurs, these solutions might register the event as it happens, but there’s often a delay between the incident and when the driver is notified, sometimes lasting several minutes. In this time gap, a driver may not recall the incident, particularly if the at-risk maneuver was subtle, such as lane drifting or speeding. This decreases the likelihood of the driver acknowledging the poor behavior and making the appropriate behavioral change. If drivers are to improve upon their errors, they need to be made aware of them as they occur.

Words Matter

The way real-time notifications are delivered makes a drastic difference in how successful they are. Beeping alarms are common in the industry, but they don’t indicate the specific infraction. Real-time in-cab voice coaching is far better, as it notifies the driver of the at-risk behavior they’re committing. Being told exactly what you need to improve at the moment you are undeniably performing an at-risk maneuver is the surest way to increase driver awareness and encourage safety behind the wheel. We’ve measured an average of 75% improvement in at-risk driving within the first two months of activation based on ten years of customer data.

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Safety Assurance

The primary benefit of real-time voice feedback is the level of safety assurance it provides, both for drivers and those around them. Pairing the immediacy of real-time notifications with the clarity of voice feedback influences a driver’s ability to appropriately react when they commit at-risk maneuvers, potentially avoiding crashes that can harm people, damage property and negatively affect business reputation.

Tipping the Scale

Poor driver performance is often attributed to competency problems, but most drivers commit at-risk behavior, so it’s unlikely to be strictly related to driving ability. In my experience, a major influencer of at-risk behavior is operational pressure, such as being short on time. A driver’s work environment can greatly affect their decision-making behind the wheel, encouraging them to choose expediency over safety. Having an in-cab device that provides voice feedback the moment this decision is being made can tip the scale and lead them in the right direction.

Using the Data

An effective fleet safety solution shouldn’t be judged only on the immediacy of driver feedback, but also how the information is used by fleet operators, and how fast. The quicker input is turned into actionable data, the quicker change can occur. With an advanced, comprehensive platform, fleet managers can learn about driving incidents as they occur, identify trends in their organizations and execute corrective measures accordingly. Supervisors can identify areas of improvement for further coaching that will help improve their fleet’s safety. With a real-time voice feedback solution, drivers are respectfully held accountable for their actions.

Our Solution

ORBCOMM’s fleet safety solution puts drivers at the forefront. It detects unsafe driver behavior and uses real-time voice mentoring to encourage safer driving, help prevent crashes and avoid costly legal consequences. Using the best-in-class technology, our hardware, platform and supporting services are easy to implement, easy to manage, and deliver immediate positive results for fleets of all sizes. With dangerous maneuver detection, clear real-time feedback, and accurate data collection and retention, fleets can create a healthy environment of consistent driver feedback that promotes change and further enhances efficiency.

Looking for more? Read our latest checklist, 7 Things to Look For in an Oil & Gas In-Vehicle Monitoring System.

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Fleet Safety and Compliance: Why Voice Coaching is Vital for Sand Revolution

“Every week prior to implementation, one of our trucks seemed to be involved in a crash, and this has almost entirely stopped.” David Woods, Fleet Team Leader at Sand Revolution.

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The Permian-basin based company works with ORBCOMM telematics, using voice coaching, HOS data and telematics to improve fleet safety, ensure compliance and reduce operational costs. Download the full case study to find out more.

Sand Revolution’s 300 tractors operate within the rugged conditions of the Permian Basin delivering sand trucks, silos and conveyor belts. They work with some of the largest fracking service companies, oil and gas operators, and proppant distributors in North America.

In 2017, the company found its previous telematics solution to be lacking, and the team was struggling to manage compliance as its drivers didn’t have the know-how to consistently manage their logs. Even more troubling were the safety risks. The rate of weekly accidents wasn’t decreasing, because drivers weren’t being informed of dangerous behavior. In the search for a new telematics system, the company saw a huge value in the robust telematics and driver coaching that the ORBCOMM system offers.

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Fleet Safety and Compliance: Why Voice Coaching is Vital for Sand Revolution

Voicing Concerns

For Sand Revolution, the voice coaching built into ORBCOMM’s solution is invaluable. Drivers receive instant feedback in the event of a dangerous driving event, such as harsh braking, sharp turns or speeding. It helps to identify and correct poor driving habits instantly. This has made a huge difference to Sand Revolution’s fleet safety record. “We are not 100% crash-free just yet, but the device providing feedback to drivers, such as the speed-by-street mentoring, is helping reduce their speed, allowing them more time to read the road and react appropriately,” said David Woods.

As well as working to encourage safe driver behavior, the fleet stays in check for compliance with the FMCSA’s HOS rules thanks to ORBCOMM’s ELD. The in-cab devices maintain accurate records and let the drivers know when to expect their next break, the end-of-shift and any other information they need to complete their day’s work.

Next-level Data Reporting

Another positive result for the company is the insight available through reports generated by the platform. With the ORBCOMM system, vehicle data is pulled into customizable reports that can be shared with drivers. This illustrates where and when a hazardous driving event happened and who was involved, leading to further training. By focusing on the reports, the Sand Revolution team is able to uncover inefficient areas that they can improve on. “Our focus at this time is looking at the data on a daily basis and turning that information into action to help and support the continuous improvement of our operations,” says Woods.

Praise for the Team

Working with the ORBCOMM team was a differentiator for Sand Revolution. The team remained onsite throughout the implementation process and continues to provide hands-on assistance. Woods says this level of support has been a big help: “with a single call I can access the right people, from account management to sales support. I love that I don’t have to make several calls to address issues.”

Today, Sand Revolution is comfortable in the knowledge that it is compliant, it is improving its safety record and is continuing to increase operational efficiencies, thanks to ORBCOMM.

To learn more, download the case study or schedule a demo today.

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Satellite IoT Helps Brazilian Utility Restore Power After Cyclone

“Satellite signals from ORBCOMM terminals were responsible for remote coverage of these important areas, ensuring high availability of the communication channel”. André Balestreri – Electrical Engineer – CERFOX

On June 30th, 2020 a powerful cyclone occurred in the southern states of Brazil. Now considered the biggest wind disaster in the country’s recent history, the extreme weather – with winds of up to 70 kph – caused significant damage including blowing roofs off houses. CERFOX, a Brazilian Energy Company, tells us how ORBCOMM-enabled smart technology was vital in ensuring continuous energy provision, in remote areas during the extreme weather event.

The electrical grid essentially collapsed, and some areas went for hours and in some areas, days without power. CERFOX was able to rely on ORBCOMM’s continuous satellite connectivity to ensure remote communications were still available. Throughout the storm, ORBCOMM’s satellite terminals continued to operate, providing remote coverage in areas that were crucial in identifying failures in the electrical grid and getting things back up and running. At times, “during the outage, one-third of consumers were without coverage.” CERFOX, using ORBCOMM’s network was able to retain connectivity, “At CERFOX satellite signals from ORBCOMM terminals were responsible for remote coverage of these important areas, ensuring high availability of the communication channel,” said Balestreri.

Real-time Critical Infrastructure Monitoring

ORBCOMM’s solutions are deployed to remotely monitor and control reclosers (a kind of circuit breaker equipped with a mechanism that can automatically close/open it in the event of a fault) and protective equipment in smart grid applications, as voltage regulators and capacitor banks.

In connecting reclosers, events and alarms messages can be sent by unsolicited reporting by exception, including analog and digital variables states representing recloser information in the field. The values are filtered, and relevant data is transmitted, requiring minimal network usage. They are especially useful in areas where cellular coverage is limited or non-existent, like in the areas impacted by the cyclone.

Balestreri says the continued coverage from ORBCOMM’s technology helped to ensure the consistent supply in what turned out to be very challenging conditions. “The damages we had were pole breaks, conductor ruptures and trees falling on the electricity distribution network. The equipment automation system and the satellite signal availability, strategically installed in points with no signal availability and points with a large concentration of consumers, where we cannot run the risk of running out of signals, helped us a lot in the quick identification of the lack of electricity, and the restoration and maneuver of the electrical network. We had no instability in the recloser system, covered by the ORBCOMM satellite technology,” he said.

ORBCOMM solutions can remotely control and monitor equipment around the clock, making it possible for electricity distribution companies to control operations, with satellite as a primary or backup communications system. In the case of an issue, our systems alert the control center. The solution supports two-way communications, so users can remotely trip or close a recloser, and ping the device to get information like such as voltage, power factor, current and more.

Find out how utility companies use ORBCOMM’s Smart Grid solutions to affordable and reliably extend their communication network. We help our customers to improve electricity distribution and prevent outages, particularly in remote areas. Download our white paper now to find out how satellite technology helps utility companies gain full visibility of smart grid infrastructure.

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Data-Driven Understanding and Driver Retention are Key for Transportation Companies to Emerge Stronger from COVID-19

Every transportation business in the US and Canada has faced its challenges during the COVID-19 crisis. As fleets attempted to maintain a revenue stream, they were forced to amend employment procedures to combat virus transmission, change lane and trip policies and adjust to lower load availability and falling market rates. Yet throughout, transportation organizations and their drivers have played a critical role during the crisis in keeping food, pharma and other supplies moving, even as most other areas of business ground to a halt.

One of the more noticeable outcomes has been that fleets that turned to smarter technology during the pandemic have been quicker to bounce back. We hosted a panel of transportation experts in our recent webinar to find out how smart technology became a vital tool during these testing times and how it has been helping fleets to adjust to the new normal while remaining viable and profitable.

Here are some of the findings we learnt from our expert panel about how fleets can emerge stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Technology to Stay in Touch

Technology is key at a time when we need to be more communicative than ever, without being able to meet and see anyone else. Through technology, fleets can reduce the points of physical contact between people, continue to ensure trucks are where they should be, monitor truck usage for proactive maintenance and keep communication lines open. Kenny Blankenship of Skyline Transportation said that for his fleet, although they had to shut the door to the drivers’ lounge, technology helped drivers to keep in touch and not feel isolated. Randal Sanchez, Solutions Architect with McLeod Software said that in utilizing existing technology, they were able to quickly pivot to online training instead of on-site.

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AIS Data Helping Power Grydd’s Free Supply Chain Visibility Tools During COVID-19, a digital provider of end-to-end supply chain visibility tools for shippers and freight forwarders, is making its cloud-based shipment booking and tracking technology available for free during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Drawing on data from multiple global sources including ORBCOMM’s maritime AIS vessel location technology, INTTRA’s Ocean Trade Platform and global aviation tracking tools, and powered by  Microsoft, Grydd’s software as a service (SaaS) solution helps cargo owners manage their end-to-end supply chain operations in real time across land, sea and air.

The platform brings together shipment quoting, tracking, inventory management, collaboration, predictive analytics and business intelligence to give shippers and freight forwarders a digital bird’s eye view, control tower and dashboards to help them manage shipments across modes and nodes.

“It’s no secret that better visibility into cargo movement from origin to delivery has been top of mind for shippers and forwarders for a long time,” says Grydd founder Daniel Acosta. “Basic questions like where’s my cargo, how is it doing, when will it arrive and—crucially—do I need to make plans now because something has not gone as scheduled?—have proved remarkably difficult to answer in a fragmented data landscape. The challenges have only mounted as cross-border supply chains have become longer and more complex.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to growing calls from all quarters for accelerated adoption of digital collaboration tools and data sharing for  more proactive management of global supply chain logistics. Real time data on the location of cargo helps mitigate disruptions, identify and manage risks, improve business resilience and support a future that is likely to include a much higher level of remote working.

ais data advantagesHuge disruptions in global shipping schedules due to the pandemic have graphically highlighted the importance of visibility into the location of vessels and their cargoes across the deep oceans, as well as near shore and at port. Global maritime AIS data provided by ORBCOMM via its satellite and terrestrial networks is now helping Grydd to address this need with near real-time insight into shipping movements.

Grydd and ORBCOMM are also discussing future opportunities for other ORBCOMM IoT technology that has been widely adopted to monitor global cargo shipments and transport assets. ORBCOMM’s real-time tracking technology is currently deployed on trucks, trailers, rail cars, containers and other key transport assets used in both dry and refrigerated supply chain operations.

“Harnessing multiple digital data sources including ORBCOMM Maritime AIS allows us to give clients simpler and more harmonized access to all the pieces of the supply chain, logistics and transport puzzle so they can make better decisions,” says Mr. Acosta.

The free COVID-19 supply chain support tools are available now via, including a live dashboard feed displaying global vessel location via ORBCOMM AIS plus regional updates on COVID-19 cases.

Read the full case study on how Grydd and ORBCOMM are partnering to enable global supply chain visibility plus other reports exploring how maritime AIS and IoT technology are accelerating digitization of global supply chain operations:

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To see how ORBCOMM’s AIS solutions portfolio can enhance the way you do business, contact us online or email

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Satellite IoT Solutions for the Middle East: Free Live Webinar Coming June 29

We’re excited to join our partners at Inmarsat for a new webinar on the IoT and telecommunication challenges in the Energy, Transportation and Aid & NGO sectors in the Middle East.  

Our experts will join the panel to talk about how satellite IoT solutions are enabling organizations to operate safely and more efficiently in the world’s most remote environments. The panel will showcase communications solutions that help to maintain critical connectivity, deliver strong communications and ensure compliance. 

The webinar will explore topics related to satellite IoT and M2M solutions, including: 

  • How to ensure the safety and reliability of equipment in the energy sector, from extraction through to delivery. 
  • Managing the transportation of goods from end-to-end for better visibility and return on investment. 
  • Delivering aid to remote regions and supporting NGO operations. 
  • Monitoring and maintaining heavy equipment to reduce costs and keep equipment running. 

Join us for this live webinar on Monday, Jun 29, 2020, 2:00 PM BST 4:00 PM SAST.

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Why the New DCSA IoT Standard is a Positive for the Container Shipping Industry: Q&A

At the beginning of June, the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) released a set of IoT standards for container connectivity that usher in the era of smart containers and greater visibility along the supply chain. This builds upon the track and trace standards established in January, and will lead the container sector to adopt the technology that we are used to seeing on land by creating a common language in container shipping.

ORBCOMM welcomes the new DCSA IoT standard, which is validation of the work we have been doing in various sectors including maritime, ports and multi-modal. I was asked for my take on the new standards, and why they are such a positive for the industry:

Q: Was there demand for these standards?

connected containersA: While the new IoT standards may sound ambitious, the maritime and container industry is actually lagging behind other sectors which have already implemented data standards/sharing. There are certainly challenges to tracking containers from one point of the globe to another, especially when cargo is at sea, but the technology for multimodal transparency has existed for quite a while. After all, if you think about it, it’s par for the course for an end-user to track a delivery package from UPS or Amazon on their mobile phones and watch it make its way from a warehouse and various distribution centers to their doorstep.

While some shipping lines have adopted this technology, including ORBCOMM customers, it has taken a push from the DCSA’s nine members to bring us to the point where we are implementing this way of operating across the container sector so that it will become the norm.

Q: What do the new IoT standards do?

The new IoT standards are focused on creating an industry framework for interoperability, which apply to Gateway Connectivity Interfaces including radio standards for gateways on vessels, on land, at event locations and for handheld devices. In essence, it is aligning various means of data collection and setting network connectivity requirements for reefer containers, dry containers, and the RFID registration of these containers.

The intention is that by ensuring that technology used to monitor, and track containers is standardized, it will be possible to track a container along every step of its journey and monitor the contents. As the DCSA points out, IoT standardization also means that service providers such as ORBCOMM will be able to create data collection and processing platforms that can be used by multiple stakeholders including vessel owner/operators, ports, terminals, container yards, inland logistics providers and also other third parties.

Q: What does the new DCSA IoT standard mean for ORBCOMM and its customers?

ReeferConnect IoT telematics solutionA: As we explained in this blog post, we are very excited that the DCSA is creating these standards as they align perfectly with the container management solutions we have been offering ORBCOMM clients. In fact, we are hoping that these standards will spur other sectors to follow in container shipping’s footsteps and harness the multiple operational benefits that IoT and data integrations can deliver.

Not only does ORBCOMM operate 16 vessel gateways, meaning that we have decades of experience in the data collection targeted by the new standards, but we already offer our customers the technology to track assets using a combination of data from trusted partners and our own fleet of satellites.  Our engineers have created a single, simple interface to assimilate these multiple AIS data streams and cellular monitoring so that the data is effortlessly processed into meaningful information. This data is integrated into an array of back-office systems including booking and terminal operating systems and our customers are already availing of the benefits that the DCSA is hoping to bring to the container sector.

Q: Will there be teething issues within the industry to comply with the new standards?

A: The DCSA IoT standards are not specific to a single provider, rather, they are setting a standard the different suppliers will have to ensure their product portfolios comply with. Unlike some of our competitors, our experience operating the industry largest deployment of vessel gateways using multiple communication technologies means that our engineers are used to creating APIs (application programming interfaces) and can ensure that all existing ORBCOMM technology is compliant with the new standard. In fact, we have demonstrated capability in each of the technologies in the DCSA standard as well as experience helping our customers in other sectors (such as heavy machinery) comply with incoming standards.

While it would be irresponsible for any company to claim that there will be no teething trouble at all, ORBCOMM customers can rest easy knowing that, as a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions with over two decades of experience, we particularly well equipped to assist them with this transition.

Additionally, as our customers are no doubt aware, our emphasis on flexibility of the solutions we provide in order to meet their bespoke needs mean that we have a strong focus on backwards compatibility and futureproofing our technology.

Q: What’s next on the horizon from the DCSA?

Digital Container Shipping AssociationA: The DCSA has explicitly stated that its mission is “to drive technology standards and frameworks that will enable carriers to bring innovative solutions to market. Leveraging DCSA standards will improve a carrier’s customer experience, operational efficiency, regulatory compliance and business agility.”

The recent standards are the first of three planned IoT standards that the DCSA is issuing in order to establish connectivity requirements for reefer and dry containers, as well as the RFID registration of these containers. It has clarified that future releases will focus on “data structure and handling, physical device specifications as well as security and access management.”

ORBCOMM is confident that our technological know-how, talented engineers and industry experience will ensure our ability to comply with the upcoming standards from the DCSA and other professional bodies.

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ORBCOMM Welcomes New DCSA IoT Standard

Digital Container Shipping Association As a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, ORBCOMM welcomes the new IoT connectivity interface standards for shipping containers published by the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) this week that will allow stakeholders to track their container assets at every step of the journey, increasing operating efficiency and end-user value.

“The new standard, which recognises the benefits of harnessing data and leveraging it into innovative IoT solutions, is validation of the work we have been doing in various sectors including maritime, ports and multi-modal,” explains Al Tama, ORBCOMM’s Vice President & General Manager, Container and Port Solutions. “Clients using ORBCOMM technology can rest assured that their systems are compliant with the new standards, and that they can continue to benefit from the end-to-end visibility and operational benefits our technology provides. This includes integration into booking systems and TOS, as well as augmenting container telemetry data with AIS information for more comprehensive visibility while on the vessel.”

ORBCOMM has over two decades of proven technological experience in supporting stakeholders across the supply chain integrate data for increased end to end activity using not just AIS data and cellular monitoring, but also land-based tracking and data gathering using handheld and RFID systems on vessels and at terminals. We have consistently invested in emerging technology to facilitate layered gathering of data and in fact, we were the first company to deploy commercially available long rage (LoRa) communication gateways on vessels and ports to compliment and coexist with cellular networks.

container IoTOur clients and end-users already benefit from access to the industry’s most open vessel gateways which use multiple communication technologies and have a demonstrated capability in each of the technologies in the DCSA standard. In fact, the combination of data from trusted partners and our own fleet of satellites allows us to provide customers with the most complete situational picture of global vessel, container and port activity available today.

“We have been pushing for the evolution of digital asset management in maritime for quite a few years as we have seen other industries that we service really reap the rewards of this approach,” continues Tama. “The new DCSA standards demonstrate the acceptance of the benefits that IoT brings to the table and we are keen to share our data and technical expertise with the industry. Our expertise across the entire supply chain combined with the unique viewpoint we offer as one of the few providers that supply vessel gateways mean that we are well placed to help customers leverage their data in the ways that the DCSA is hoping to achieve on a larger scale with the pending issue of further standards in the future.”

About DCSA:

Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) is a neutral, non-profit group founded by major ocean carriers to digitise and standardise the container shipping industry. With the mission of leading the industry towards systematic collaboration, DCSA drives initiatives to make container transportation services transparent, reliable, easy to use, secure and environmentally friendly. DCSA’s open source standards are developed based on input from DCSA member carriers, industry stakeholders and technology experts from other industries. DCSA member carriers include:  MSC, Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, ONE, Evergreen, Yang Ming, HMM and ZIM.

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How Smart Technology is Your Fleet’s Competitive Edge in the Economic Recovery: Live Webinar

Free Live Webinar: Thursday, June 18, 2020, 2pm EDT

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COVID-19 has disrupted freight transportation in ways never seen before. Still reeling from the freight shift, carriers are grappling with these new challenges.

Working from home means many are focusing more on training, solution deployments and how technology can help fleets optimize operations to ensure they not only maintain a competitive edge, but come out of the economic recovery even stronger than before.

Register Now for a free webinar as our panel of experts from ORBCOMM, McLeod Software and Drivewyze share tips and real life strategies on how fleets can overcome the current crisis:

Emerging Stronger

Plus, discover the value of a fully integrated telematics solution and how fleets can use technology to improve utilization, achieve better planning, optimize dispatch operations, and boost driver efficiency and satisfaction. Also, hear how one fleet is using technology to gain a competitive advantage during these challenging times. You’ll learn:

  • What new trends have emerged over the past few months in freight transportation?
  • What technology is helping fleets through times of crisis?
  • Will more fleets embrace digitization and adopt paperless and touchless processes? What can carriers do to streamline that transition?

Even if you can’t join us live, register to be notified when the on-demand webinar replay is available.

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