What is the current load on my axle? Is my trailer couple or uncoupled with the truck? What is the current temperature in the cooling body?
These were just some of the telematics-related questions that OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) are now offering to answer about their equipment as shown at last week’s Transport Logistic 2015 show in Munich.
It wasn’t just one OEM that was offering telematics as part of their product offering. In our hall alone we had several manufacturers peddling their remote tracking, monitoring and control solutions alongside their shiny equipment. Schmitz Cargobull AG offers Cargobull Telematics to monitor the health and location of their trailers while Krone said their telematics solution can answer questions ranging from ‘what is the current location of my trailer?’ to ‘is there wear on my brake lining?’.
There were also many service providers at the show that offer advanced telematics products and services for owners with fleets of multiple manufacturers. Telematics-solution provider Euroscan, an ORBCOMM company, introduced their new temperature recorder which now includes extended memory, an accelerometer and Bluetooth. Together with the ColdChainView web application, the solution provides real-time monitoring and management for temperature-controlled assets.
Euroscan’s cold chain solution also provides all the information needed to maintain HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) compliance. Whether in food, pharmaceutical or animal transport, from point of origin to the delivery to the customer, businesses can monitor shipments to maintain HACCP compliance with HACCP journals and documentation. The web-hosted software solution also provides instant refrigerator data, information-based rules for alarms, real-time location, stop duration, maintenance issues, and late routes and drivers.
It is interesting to see how telematics has moved from location information to detailed analysis of performance of equipment. I bet at the next edition of the show there will be even more sensors available. This will enable greater visibility into what is happening in and around vehicles and push the transportation industry even further into the realm of the Internet of Things.