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What Are Fleets Waiting for? AOBRDs to ELDs: 75% of Fleets Yet to Move

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aobrd to eld telematics solutionsIt may be surprising, but over 75% of fleets are still using AOBRDs, with just seven months before the start of phase three of the FMCSA’s ELD implementation plan. That’s according to respondents in our recent webinar on making the transition from AOBRDs to ELDs as smooth as possible, held in partnership with the Truckload Carrier Association (TCA).

You can watch our webinar on-demand here. While some predominantly larger fleets are already transitioning, a very large percentage has yet to make the change.

Dave Heller, Vice President of Government Affairs with the TCA had a lot to say about this during the webinar: “I cannot stress this enough… the time to transition (to ELDs) is now. You want to be ahead of the curve on this. If you wait until the beginning of December to start making that transition when there are going to be hardware issues, software issues, wiring issues… it’s best to be out of the game than behind the eight ball.”

As the ELD deadlines have kicked in, we’ve compiled information to ease the journey from AOBRDs to ELDs for fleet owners and drivers, including our AOBRD to ELD Checklist aimed at helping fleets have the smoothest possible transition. As part of this effort to inform drivers and fleets, we teamed up with the Truckload Carriers Association to produce this dedicated webinar. Smooth your Ride from AOBRDs to ELDs was first recorded in April 2019.

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ORBCOMM at Transport Logistic: Trends, Industry News and Solutions

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Despite the many political and economic uncertainties, as well as numerous business challenges such as the lack of skilled personnel, the European logistics industry will gather in June at Transport Logistic confident that it can meet these challenges. Smart technology, with an increasing focus on digitisation and automation, will play its part – and smart fleet owners are using technology not just to monitor equipment but to enhance operational flows.

Transport Logistic in Munich from June 4-7, 2019, is a chance to see how connected, highly-visible assets are a critical part of this future. This year, the main topics will vary from the Silk Road to driver shortages to city logistics. ORBCOMM is looking forward to showcasing its road, cold chain and shipping technology solutions at the show.

Road Transportation Grows in Europe

Since 2013, the EU has seen road freight transportation grow year-on-year, hitting record highs in the last two years. There are anxieties, however, with European fleet operators, concerned with truck driver shortages, the impact of Brexit and emissions, while balancing productivity and supply chain demands. As a result, companies are looking at ways to future-proof their fleets with digitalisation and connectivity. Read more ›

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Brexit Eclipsed as Key Topic at the UK’s Commercial Vehicle Show 2019

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Electric vehicles, last-mile delivery, low emissions zones and connectivity eclipsed Brexit as key topics on the minds of fleet executives at the UK’s Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham last week. The CV Show is the best attended, largest and most comprehensive road transport and commercial vehicle event held every year in Britain. 400 exhibitors descended on the NEC in Birmingham; for fleet operators, it’s the annual meeting point and for sector suppliers, it’s the ultimate showcase for products and services.

The ORBCOMM team at the CV Show 2019.

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Cargo Security Update: The US Ranks as a ‘High’ Level Threat for Theft

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The volume of reported cargo thefts in the United States averaged 49 thefts per month in the US in 2018. According to the annual SensiGuard Supply Chain Intelligence Center (SCIC) report, there were a recorded 592 cargo thefts with the highest number at 171 in Q4 at an average value of $142,342. 

On the SCIC 5-point scale of low to moderate, elevated, high and severe, the United States is ranked as a ‘high’ level threat for cargo thefts.

Although the volume of reported cargo thefts in the United States dropped 19% from 2017 to 2018 and total average value dropped 2%, thieves are evolving their methods to obtain their desired merchandise and avoid capture. Despite the decline, evidence exists to support a strong danger will persist.

Organized criminals form part of an established network of fences and buyers who place orders for specific merchandise for thieves to target. Criminal networks also include contacts who alert thieves to inside information about the contents, values, security measures and destinations of loads.

“Thieves in the U.S. have long utilized the ‘risk vs reward’ calculation when targeting cargo. And in so doing, they have shifted focus to other methods and products that provide a lesser chance of capture or disruption, thereby reducing their risk,” the report states. “This can be seen in the continued increase of reported mixed retail loads, or less than truckload (LTL) thefts. These shipments are typically a mix of product destined for a brick and mortar retail store.”

Reported LTL thefts are categorized as pilferage and have seen a dramatic 198% increase since 2014, breaking records in 2017 and again in 2018. LTL shipments are considered to be more vulnerable than full truckload shipments, as they are often less closely guarded.

SensiGuard says LTLs are frequently targeted by thieves as they generally have less security in place than high-value, single-owner shipments. Losses to any one owner of goods on an LTL shipment may even be too low to trigger a police report or insurance claim, allowing the criminals to continue operating at relatively lower risk.

Cargo Theft by Category, Value and Location

2018 saw electronics take over the top spot for most stolen product type for the first time since 2009. Recording 20% of the 2018 total of all stolen goods, electronics displaced food and drinks and home and garden products with a rise of 33% from 2017.

The usual front runners,food and drinks and home and garden, accounted for 14% and 16% of total stolen goods in 2018 respectively, although the average value of stolen shipments in 2018 was considerably higher in some other categories. Personal care tops that list, with an average value of $544,935 stolen per shipment. Next up are electronics ($297,332), tobacco($208,302) and clothing and shoes($171,031). Way down on the list in terms of average values stolen are food and drinks and home and garden at $67,374 and $65,998 respectively.

California accounted for 26% of total thefts in 2018 and was again the frontrunner for states with the most reported cargo theft occurrences. Texas (15%), Florida (11%), Illinois (11%) and Georgia (8%) rounded out the top five. In terms of thefts by category, 90% of reported in-transit thefts were from unattended and stationary loads.

While cargo theft will continue to remain a strong threat to the industry, the benefits of technology in the fight against it are becoming visible as theft rates have continued on a downward trend since 2009. ORBCOMM’s trailer telematics are used in part to detect and deter thefts and enable the recovery of stolen shipments. Unauthorized moves, unscheduled stops and unauthorized door openings outside a geofence, for instance, can inform of a theft in progress and are indicated in real-time by configurable alerts. Chances of recovering a stolen load are also increased through live GPS location data.

ORBCOMM has been a pioneer in the industry, servicing such companies as Walmart, Hub Group and Christenson with our comprehensive suite of end-to-end solutions – from software platforms to tracking devices to sensors to support.

Contact us today for more information on how ORBCOMM integrated transportation telematics solutions can enhance the way you do business.

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Heavy Equipment Telematics, Digitalization, Automation and Efficiency: Top Trends at bauma 2019

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Digitalization, automation and efficiency are reshaping the global supply and operation of heavy construction machinery. These core topics dominated the debate at the recent bauma 2019 show in Munich, where ORBCOMM exhibited alongside nearly 4,000 equipment and solutions providers from 63 countries and more than 620,000 visitors from 200 countries. They’re all part of a worldwide heavy construction equipment market expected to grow significantly to reach USD 231.3 billion by 2025 across key industries including construction, mining, and oil and gas.

“Networked construction sites and smart machines, as well as autonomous driving and working: these are not just dreams of the future! The construction equipment industry becomes more and more digital—and with it, the construction site”, noted the influential bauma Industry Barometer.

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bauma 2019: ORBCOMM exhibited alongside nearly 4,000 equipment and solutions providers from 63 countries and more than 620,000 visitors from 200 countries.

For ORBCOMM, digitalization and automation are key trends driving innovation in our heavy equipment telematics solutions. Top-of-the-line construction equipment of all kinds are now often fitted with telematics hardware that monitors and collects machine data. This ‘hard’ information now makes it possible to check the machinery’s on-the-job performance, fuel consumption and location, inform predictive maintenance, more precisely determine operating costs and manage entire fleets via telematics. Read more ›

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Discover the Wealth of Data for all Vehicles at the CV Show

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live tachograph dataAs we look ahead to a post-Brexit UK, it’s never been more important to stay up-to-date on the most impactful issues in the industry. That’s part of why we are looking forward to meeting you at the CV Show. The UK’s largest and most comprehensive road transport and commercial vehicle event, the CV Show looks at the latest in technology and news around the road transport industry.

Taking place at the NEC in Birmingham, UK between April 30 and May 2 and you can meet us in Hall 4 at Stand 4D50. The CV Show is where UK operators of vehicle fleets of all sizes and variants (whether heavy or light commercial) come every year to see the innovation and technological developments in the industry. 20,000 visitors are expected to visit the halls of the show across the three days. Key themes will be the future of diesel and its alternatives, electric vehicles, environmental concerns, congestion charges in UK cities and ways to mitigate driver shortages.

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IoT in Agriculture: How Harvest Monitoring is Maximizing Crop Value and Productivity

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Our latest case study takes a closer look at how ORBCOMM IoT technology supports agriculture company Wiagro in increasing productivity for their customers, by ensuring stored crops remain at their best.

“ORBCOMM’s technology, combined with the expertise of their field application engineers, helped us deliver a solution on time that exceeded customer expectations.” – Martin Codasco, Company Director, Wiagro.

ORBCOMM partnered with Wiagro to deliver maximum ROI for their customer. The company wanted to store their soybean crop and sell when market conditions were most favorable. The grain required constant monitoring to ensure its quality and that it would be ready to sell when the time was right.

Wiagro worked with ORBCOMM satellite terminals to deliver temperature, humidity, and C02 monitoring. Utilizing satellite technology was vital since the silos were in an area without cellular service.

This is just one example of how IoT is improving agricultural operations. Smart agriculture solutions are using IoT Technology in many ways. From minimizing plant loss through pest, disease and plant health tracking, to monitoring rainfall and soil moisture to ensure optimum growing conditions, the future looks bright for IoT and Smart Agriculture.

To find out more about how ORBCOMM can help its partners achieve email us at sales@orbcomm.com.

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Journey Management – Where do we go from here?

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oilfield fleet safetyThe odds are if you have been in the oil & gas industry for any length of time, you have had some type of involvement with Journey Management. The real question is, if you had to take a competency test on it, how well do you think you would fare? The truth is, most of us don’t know nearly enough, and even more frightening is that we don’t practice or support it within our organizations the way that it should be. That said, I don’t want to take the Dooms Day negative approach in talking about this. Instead, this is to provide some clear insight about what we can each do to up our game or, in some cases, create what doesn’t exist within the company today.  

The Safest Journey Is The One Not Taken 

It’s likely we have all heard or read this statement more times than we can count over the years. The reality is we all need to travel, so pre-planning can help to ensure a safe trip!   

The reason for deploying a Journey Management Program is to reduce the likelihood that employees will be involved in a motor vehicle crash. Within the oil and gas industry, we know that year over year 40% of all fatalities are related to land transportation. Therefore, it is imperative and incumbent upon all of us to look at everything we do related to driving. 

Simple Journey Management: 

Permian fleet safetyFor most, it typically goes something like this:  

  • Employee/Driver is given a work assignment and location information by manager/supervisor/dispatcher 
  • Employee/Driver confirms the schedule, collects the necessary tools, provides additional help for the trip and notifies manager/supervisor or dispatcher that they are leaving for site 
  • Employee/Driver arrives at site and, if cell coverage is available, confirms safe arrival 
  • Journey Completed 

Realistic Journey Management Programs looks like this: 

Each oilfield service company should employ an individual with the responsibility of managing, training, overseeing and maintaining a corporate JM program. Depending on the level of sophistication of the program, it could include some or all of the following things: 

  • Journey Management Software for managers, supervisors and field workers/drivers includes:
    • Numerous solutions are available as subscription models based on number of users, frequency of trips etc., and most include a mobile app. 
    • Most of these solutions allow the flexibility to modify the overall workflow based upon how the company operates and includes features such as a short Question and Answer for the Driver to submit that is then reviewed to approve or deny the trip based upon rulesets that have been put in place by the company. 
  • JM software is integrated into IVMS / GPS technology currently installed in the fleet to monitor real time progress. 
    • One important factor here is understanding that if you are using a cellular only based solution, the trip may continue well past where network coverage stops, thereby creating an issue with synchronizing with trip completion. 
  • An in-house or thirdparty JM call center is used to schedule, manage, track and complete trips. 

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AIS Data Helping Improve Artisanal Fishing Safety in Local Communities

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ais data advantagesFishing is probably the most dangerous occupation in the world, and the people affected by accidents at sea are often among the poorest in society. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that of the four million fishing vessels worldwide, 98% are under 24m in length and so are not covered by any international rules and regulations.

Consider the impact of one of these artisanal fishing vessels missing or lost at sea.

In many fishing communities, while artisanal techniques are still used, governments are trying to improve the economic viability of this activity. One improvement is to process the fish in the village to add value beyond simply catching the fish. Governments help by subsidizing or financing refrigerated storage facilities. By processing and storing the fish locally, other community members can be employed, improving the local economy.

With the whole community involved, a missing fisherman can cause significant disruption. If even one fisherman is stranded at sea, the local community ceases processing and production to search for that lost fisherman, as it can take up to three days for a government’s search and rescue to respond. There is the obvious personal impact to family and friends of a missing fisherman, but it also impacts the community economically.

ORBCOMM is working to make a difference to these communities. Combining technologies like satellite and terrestrial Automatic Identification System (AIS) and ORBCOMM’s satellite IoT service, we can monitor and report the location of a fishing boat or fisherman and provide the information to a monitoring software platform. We integrate the technology into small, easy-to-use devices that are easily installed in small vessels or worn on an armband and include an easily operated emergency alert button.

With this information, local communities can more efficiently search for missing fisherman and decrease the inherent risk of artisanal fishing. In addition, fisheries protection agencies can enforce regulatory compliance to fishing regulations, as geofence functions can provide awareness of fishing exclusion zones.

Contact us learn more about why ORBCOMM’s marine solutions are a game changer in enhancing the safety of artisanal fisherman and tracking IUU fishing by small vessels.

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Refrigerated Rigids and Telematics: Saving the Day when Temperatures Soar

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In summer 2018, the UK saw one of the biggest and longest heatwaves on record. While this was great news for some, it posed its own challenges for the foodservice industry. As temperatures soared, fresh, cold and frozen foods were ordered by customers at much higher levels and with greater frequency than normal. Retailers saw an increase of 2.2% in total grocery sales in a four-week period during summer 2018, a growth traced directly to the heatwave thanks to customers buying more fresh foods, beverages and snacks. According to Nielsen figures, it was the biggest growth volume outside of traditional periods since 2013. Dining al fresco became standard, ice cream was more popular and fresh burgers and olives saw significant growth.

Shoppers spent +4.5% more on groceries in the last four weeks to 14th July, as the hottest June in more than 40 years.

Supply Chain Under Stress

Out of this irregular occurrence came an unlikely hero – the refrigerated rigid truck (or the rigid reefer as it is sometimes called) – the “workhorse” vehicle for many fleets in the foodservice industry.

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The strengths of the refrigerated rigid – combined with advanced telematics – became something of a hero for supply chains under strain. Already, valued for its convenience for urban deliveries, the refrigerated rigid truck is designed to cope with multiple stops, frequent door openings and operation day and night. Its payload capacity is ideally suited to foodservice operations and its temperature management capabilities are just what is required for these conditions.

Hauliers were asked to prove that their cargo was delivered on time and at the right temperature, all while ensuring that their drivers were not overworked and operating within driving and working hours regulations. And just because there were more jobs and not enough hours to complete them, fleets still had to ensure that drivers did not abandon fuel-efficient, legal and environmentally-friendly driving styles.

For both own account operators and for-hire foodservice operators, summer 2018 was a test of their vehicles and the telematics data used to support them. Temperature data needed to be available in real-time and reported on historically to shippers within minutes of delivery. Tachograph data from drivers needed to be instantly viewable to planners so that additional stops could be added. In addition, engine data needed to be analysed to ensure drivers were not speeding between locations to avoid missing delivery slots or cooling themselves down with excess idling.

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