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IoT Time Preview: Supply Chain Chapter

By Ken Briodagh March 09, 2017

IoT Evolution, the leading media brand for the Internet of Things (IoT), has published a book outlining more than 150 of the leading trends in the IoT industry, entitled “IoT Time: Evolving Trends in the Internet of Things.” The book, written by IoT Evolution Editorial Director, Ken Briodagh, seeks to explore the factors that have shaped the recent past of the developing industry and use those to predict the trends that will drive the next period of growth. Each of the trends is explicated and illustrated with a case study or product review that supports each position.

In this weekly series, we’ll be previewing chapters for you to read in the hopes that you’ll like enough to read the whole thing. To do just that, for free, click here. Alternatively, there’s a paperback version available on Amazon for $14.99.

Chapter 6: Supply Chain
Trend: Manufacturing is job one
Partnership Brings IoT into Auto Manufacturing

SolidRun, a developer and manufacturer of System on Module (SoM) solutions and mini-computers, and nemetris, an Industry 4.0 manufacturing technologies company, together began deployment of SolidRun’s IoT gateway within nemetris’ Smart Industry Apps to move advanced manufacturing solutions into the automotive and discrete manufacturing sectors. The solution integrates the CuBox, a small cube computer, into production line data collections and aggregation from automotive production floors.

“This cooperation symbolizes SolidRun’s first steps into the quickly emerging Industry 4.0 era,” said Kossay Omary, technology leader and co-founder, SolidRun. “We plan to introduce more Industry 4.0 SoM based solutions during 2016 and continue to provide high performance, high quality and energy efficient solutions for both of our new and existing customers.”

“For nemetris, The Internet of Things is a strategic technology for increased efficiency on the production floor,” said Markus Schwarz, Managing Director, nemetris. “The CuBox’s miniature form-factor, IoT connectivity, and high scalability are well suited for a variety of automotive and discrete manufacturing applications.”

Trend: Bluetooth as bloodhound
Dialog Semiconductor Enhances Connectivity of Bluetooth Tracker

Bluetooth is becoming the asset tracking solution of choice for many folks in the asset retention industry. Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, solid state lighting and Bluetooth low energy technology, has its DA14580 SmartBond SoC is at the heart of the Tile Slim, the world’s thinnest Bluetooth tracker.

It is only 2.4 mm thick, and allows users to ring the Tile to locate a misplaced item or find a smartphone even when it is in silent mode. Additionally, users can view the item’s last known location on a map or tap into Tile's community, the world's largest lost-and-found network, to help find lost or stolen items almost anywhere in the world.

“Dialog’s completely integrated feature set and ability to sustain Tile Slim’s battery life for at least one year were key in selecting them as a partner,” said Mike Farley, Co-Founder and CEO, Tile. “We are thrilled to deliver the world’s thinnest Bluetooth tracker, allowing more users to experience the tangible benefits of smart location in their everyday lives.”

Powered by the DA14580, Tile Slim helps users locate anything within a range of around 100 feet (30 meters) by communicating with a smartphone or other iOS or Android smart device via Bluetooth low energy. The DA14580 includes intelligent power management features and an ARM Cortex M0 processor and delivers the industry’s highest Bluetooth performance, at the lowest power consumption, maximizing the tracker’s battery life.

“With the launch of its latest tracker, Tile continues to prove that smart location has the potential to revolutionize the way we find and track lost items,” said Jalal Bagherli, CEO, Dialog. “Our silicon and software solutions make it simple to add Bluetooth low energy connectivity to any device. We are pleased that Tile has chosen to partner with us to add those features to the world’s thinnest Bluetooth tracker.”

Trend: Vertical integration
Contract Manufacturers Add Value with Vertical Integration of Supply Chains

John C. LiDestri, Co-President, LiDestri Food and Drink, identified a problem in the food supply chain for us, especially for large orders. Often, he wrote, there are problems with getting such orders fulfilled, and not just because of scarcity of materials. Supplies might not meet quality requirements, might be too costly or might not different enough to identify an unique product on the shelf. Sustainability is another growing concern for consumers, and therefore for manufacturers.

One solution that’s gaining traction is vertical integration, which gives companies more control over supply chains, but does place a heavier logistical burden of leadership upon the managing company. Challenges notwithstanding, LiDestri has assumed the processes of production of fresh basil, craft whiskey and organic tomatoes, so it can produce the finest, and most successful, products possible.

An explosion of demand for high quality craft spirits, most notably subtly balanced brown varieties such as bourbons and ryes, has put distilleries on a growth curve that is even steeper than that of the craft beer craze in the 1980s, noted Pennfield Jenson, founder and executive director of the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA), in MarketWatch. The same article noted that noted that the craft spirits industry is growing at an annual 30 percent clip, citing the American Distillery Institute.

LiDestri has a large spirits portfolio, and because aging is an important part of the bourbon-making process, it needed to find a partner who was already in the game. The answer was Iron Smoke Distillery, in which the company invested in order to help Iron Smoke quickly ramp up production of its namesake applewood-smoked Iron Smoke bourbon, which is aged 18 to 20 months in virgin American oak, as well as its unaged counterpart, Rattlesnake Rosie’s Apple Pie Whiskey. Iron Smoke’s award-winning, “dangerously drinkable” whiskey and bourbon has become more plentiful and widely available as a result of the partnership.

Tomato and other pasta sauces have become increasingly commoditized, squeezing profit margins. Meanwhile, at the super-premium end, producers are increasingly looking for ways to differentiate their products and elbow into the profitable specialty market. So when Newman’s Own wanted to create the best tasting organic pasta sauce on the market, LiDestri found a California grower who could plant and harvest 1.5 million pounds of a super-flavorful tomato varietal, which was selected in a taste test where it beat out Italy’s famed San Marzanos. Thanks to its flavor profile, and the organic practices we implemented at every facet of the production process, the “Common Good” sauce line stands out on the shelf for its exceptional taste, quality and economy.

Given the fact that much of the LiDestri business is in pasta sauces, the need for fresh, high-quality basil is already considerable and constantly growing. In recent years, it’s become very problematic to cobble together sufficient orders from multiple suppliers and growers in various countries. And so, the company decided that the most effective supply chain solution is to grow and harvest its own basil in a climate-controlled hydroponic warehouse-farm.

Trend: Automated connectivity
Automation in Cellular Failover Connects Everything

Cradlepoint recently introduced a hardware and software solution that automatically detects active SIM for multiple networks, making it possible to provide instantaneous fail-over between different service provider networks to ensure uptime, which is critical in a multi-national supply chain operation. Thanks to this solution, an enterprise on cellular connections can include active SIM cards from both AT&T and Verizon in the U.S., for example, and move sessions from one network to the other should a failure occur. The provisioning is remarkably simple: purchase and activate the SIM and insert it into the Cloud Manager dock.

This is extremely good news for companies that require cellular in addition to fixed broadband connectivity because it decreases the complexity in setting up multiple connections and fail-over software. Carriers like AT&T and Verizon use the same SKU, enabling interconnection at the local level through "auto-carrier selection."

The solution also works with certain carriers in other regions including EMEA and Asia. This is all part of Cradlepoint's enterprise cloud platform, which Softbank is now leveraging in Asia. Christian Renaud, research director of 451 Research’s Internet of Things practice, weighed in saying, “Layering extensibility capabilities on top of an M2M/IoT platform opens the door for enterprises to streamline their networks and design purpose-built applications that fit their technology needs and business goals. As a result, enterprises can more quickly respond to changing conditions and realize faster value from their network implementations.”

Meanwhile, for Wi-Fi, rather than cellular, connectivity, iPass, a provider of global mobile connectivity and Tata Communications partnered up so Tata can use the iPass global Wi-Fi access and SmartConnect SDK to supply its mobile network operator and app service provider customers with easy and secure access to the international Wi-Fi network, with more than 53 million hotspots in more than 120 countries. The SmartConnect SDK leverages patented technology that delivers intelligent, always-on access to high quality Wi-Fi service for customers, while ensuring privacy and safety through secure authentication and identity protection.

True global Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity has a real opportunity to change the game for IoT companies looking flexible options for supply chain connectivity.

Trend: South American growth
SuperCom to Deliver IoT to South America for Asset Tracking

A key provision under several final U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Rules is the idea that better tracking for food products will uncover the source of outbreaks faster and limit the number of people that get sick as a result. The IoT industry provides a solution to leverage asset tracking that is tailor-made for such a use.

SuperCom, a global provider of secure solutions for the e-Government, Public Safety, HealthCare, and Finance sectors, has announced that it has a method for doing just that. Its IoT division partnered with a large South American cargo management company to deliver its PureLock suite, a hybrid of products and applications for the tracking and monitoring of assets customized for the Transportation and Cargo/Freight management sector.

“We have leveraged our core electronic monitoring, M2M and Secure IoT technologies into the transportation and cargo management market,” said Arie Trabelsi, CEO and President, SuperCom. “This is a market where there is a very significant need for strong and scalable technologies which can reliably monitor and track assets from remote locations. We believe our solution can be increasingly important to the growing needs of improvement in operational efficiencies, security and reliability, and significantly lower the costs of cargo management asset tracking.”

The PureLock Suite is an electronic seal and cargo tracking and monitoring platform. The suite adds features like secure cloud technologies, mobile and GPS applications, locker tamper and customizable alerts, high performance analytics, secure real time location and extremely long battery life. The company has begun offering this enhanced suite to customers in the US, Europe and Africa for some time.

Trend: telematics is still core competency
Terex Selects ORBCOMM for Heavy Equipment Telematics

Telematics is critical to the evolution of the connected vehicle, and it’s not just for consumer cars and trucks, either. The safety and predictive maintenance capabilities of quality telematics systems will be ideally suited to industrial and heavy equipment uses.

Recognizing this need, Terex Materials Processing, a business segment of Terex Corporation, is working with ORBCOMM, a global provider of M2M and IoT solutions, to deliver a customized end-to-end telematics solution to track and monitor Powerscreen and Terex Finlay heavy equipment and machines. ORBCOMM’s dual-mode solution will provide global satellite data service combined with cellular connectivity through ORBCOMM’s wireless partner, AT&T, along with state-of-the-art hardware and a robust web-based platform for asset management.

“Working with an industry leader like Terex Materials Processing is a great opportunity for ORBCOMM to showcase our broad range of technical capabilities and comprehensive product and service offerings we can provide to the heavy equipment industry,” said Marc Eisenberg, CEO, ORBCOMM. “Our relationship with Terex validates our strategy of delivering complete, end-to-end solutions that help make our customers’ businesses run even smarter and more effectively and further solidifies our leadership in the heavy equipment telematics market.”

ORBCOMM’s heavy equipment telematics solution provides Terex Materials Processing and their customers with critical asset data such as the location, engine hours, use and fuel levels, while monitoring engine fault codes or other alerts that are generated during the machine’s operating time. ORBCOMM also provides a web portal for data analytics and reporting that has been tailored for Terex by ORBCOMM’s team of engineers.

“ORBCOMM’s telematics solution has been battle tested and proven in the heavy equipment market for more than a decade, and we are confident that their advanced technology, full-service platform and knowledge of our industry best meets our telematics needs,” said Barry McMenamin, Group Electrical Engineering Manager, Terex. “We are especially pleased with ORBCOMM’s customized web portal, which will enable us to easily monitor our fleet of machinery and provide operational efficiencies and cost savings to our customers right away.”

Terex Materials Processing has officially begun offering the factory installed deployment of ORBCOMM’s telematics system on its machinery and expects to standardize the solution across several different models that ship from its primary factory in Ireland.

Trend: Consolidation continues
Fleet Complete Acquires Securatrak and Expands into Australia and Asia

Fleet Complete, an IoT company that does software development for fleet, asset and mobile workforce management solutions, continued its global expansion plans with the acquisition of Australian-based Securatrak. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. MHT Partners served as exclusive advisors to Fleet Complete. Founded in 2003 in Adelaide, Securatrak was one of the first GPS technology companies in Australia, providing cost-effective, high-benefit vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions.

“This is an amazing entrepreneurial team that has built great local expertise in the Australian market and that will become the base for Fleet Complete in Australasia,” said Tony Lourakis, CEO, Fleet Complete. “We believe the Australian telematics market is at an inflection point and is poised for major growth, giving Fleet Complete the perfect opportunity to serve this market demand with its comprehensive IoT product portfolio.”

The acquisition continues Fleet Complete’s growth, which has included its expansion into Europe at the end of 2015 and being named by Berg Insight as one of the top fleet management providers in North America.

“We are excited to become part of the Fleet Complete team,” said Mark Holmes, founder and Managing Director, Securatrak. “Our shared commitment to leading the market in innovation and providing our clients with premium services makes this union a perfect match.”

Securatrak currently has over 25,000 subscribers across Australia and Asia and will continue to support existing customers and products. “We look forward to introducing the Fleet Complete suite of connected vehicle and resource solutions to the Australian market via Securatrak’s wireless channel partner, Telstra, and extend this advanced telematics platform to local and international businesses,” added Holmes.

As smaller players are more and more absorbed by larger companies and regional leaders in the IoT industry, the industry gets closer to a place where standards can finally be discussed, because these mergers and acquisitions mean that the relationships between the larger leaders get ever more technologically intertwined. And that’s a good thing.

Trend: Self-driving vehicles
Uber's Otto and Anheuser-Busch Complete First Beer Delivery via Self-Driving Truck

Anheuser-Busch in 2016 fielded an automated big rig, controlled by software from Uber’s Otto, that this week successfully hauled a fully loaded trailer of Budweiser beer more than 120 miles on I-25 from Fort Collins, Colorado through Denver, to Colorado Springs.

The state of Colorado signed on to the project a while back, the beverage giant said, including requiring that a professional truck driver was in the vehicle for the entire route, monitoring the delivery from the sleeper berth as the truck completed the highway portion of the route, exit-to-exit, with no driver interventions. The load originated at Anheuser-Busch’s facility in Loveland, Colorado and departed for its journey from the Fort Collins, Colorado weigh station. This milestone marks the first time in history that a self-driving vehicle has shipped commercial cargo, making it a landmark achievement for self-driving technology, the state of Colorado, and the transportation industry.

“The incredible success of this pilot shipment is an example of what is possible when you deploy self-driving technology. It also showcases the importance of collaboration with forward-looking states like Colorado and innovative companies like Anheuser-Busch,” said Lior Ron, Co-Founder, Otto. “By embracing this technology, both organizations are actively contributing to the creation of a safer and more efficient transportation network. We are excited to have reached this milestone together, and look forward to further rolling out our technology on the nation’s highways.”

Otto, which was acquired by Uber in August, said its vision for the self-driving technology is to transform the supply chain industry by: Reducing fatalities on the road, where 94 percent of accidents are caused by human error; Making driving more fuel-efficient in order to reduce emissions from freight trucks; Increasing efficiency in truck schedules and addressing the driver shortage.

“Anheuser-Busch is passionate about innovation and exploring ways to improve the safety, sustainability, and efficiency of the industries our business touches,” said James Sembrot, Sr. Director, Logistics Strategy, Anheuser-Busch. “We admire Otto’s vision that will shape the future of self-driving transportation. As we continue to partner with long-haul carriers to ship our beers, we hope to see this technology widely deployed across our highways to improve safety for all road users and work towards a low-emissions future.”

One major opportunity for Otto’s technology is that drivers will be able to rest during long stretches of highway, and perhaps even catch up on sleep.

“Teaming with Otto to deploy self-driving technology on the roads of Colorado is a monumental step forward in advancing safety solutions that will help Colorado move towards zero deaths on our roads,” said Shailen Bhatt, Executive Director, DoT, State of Colorado. “Colorado will continue to focus on working with Otto and others on how to safely deploy this technology on our roads.”

Trend: Railroads join 21st century
Advanced Electronic Gates for UK Northern Train Stations

A lot of the talk about Connected Transportation and Supply Chain in the IoT focuses on cars and trucking, but that’s literally missing the boat... and trains.

Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS), a business unit of Cubic Corporation was awarded a contract from Northern, the U.K.’s largest train operator outside London, to supply electronic gates at its stations. Northern will use Cubic’s next-generation, advanced electronic gating system at eight stations, for a total of 52 installed gates. The gates are equipped with ITSO-compliant smart card and barcode reading capabilities, in addition to accepting magnetic tickets. The eight-station installation will be complete in March 2017.

Across the globe, a consortium of Cubic subsidiaries in Australia and Singapore signed a contract with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in Singapore to design and deliver automated fare collection equipment for the authority’s future railway, the Thomson-East Coast Line. The contract for $35.5 million ($48.5 million Singapore) includes the design, development, test and integration with LTA’s current fare collection system.

“We are delighted to have been selected for this contract, which is part of LTA’s goal to increase connectivity for commuters not directly served by the rail network currently,” said Tom Walker, managing director, Asia-Pacific, Cubic Transportation Systems. “Cubic’s experience with payment systems for many of the world’s largest transport systems was a key factor in the process, and we are excited by the opportunity to re-establish our footprint with the LTA, an important and respected customer of many years.”

The LTA’s Thomson-East Coast Line is under construction with the first stage to be launched in 2019 and the last stage to be completed in 2024.

Rail and other mass transportation systems are the natural home for this type of IoT integration, not just for fares, but for scheduling and safety systems as well, and this will likely not be the only such integration in this system.

Trend: Connectivity from the OEM
Daimler Trucks, AT&T and Microsoft Roll Out New Connectivity Solutions

German Trucking OEM Daimler is working with AT&T and Microsoft to get its vehicles connected to the IoT in the manufacturing stage. AT&T is providing cellular service to Daimler Trucks while Microsoft establishes a new cloud-based back office environment for Detroit Connect services, the new Detroit Connect Truck Data Center, which will make the new Daimler Freightliner Cascadia the most connected U.S.-Truck ever.

“Daimler Trucks North America is an industry leader in innovative solutions and represents more than 40 percent of the long-haul trucking market in the NAFTA region,” said Martin Daum, President and CEO, Daimler Trucks North America. “The Detroit Connect platform is a prime example of how Internet of Things connectivity can help improve efficiency, safety and performance in connected vehicles. Already today, more than 215 000 of our trucks in North America are online. With our new Cascadia this number will increase dramatically.”

The new Freightliner Cascadia was designed to set new standards in fuel efficiency, safety technologies and connectivity solutions. Daimler said it will invest around 500 million Euros into connectivity features for its vehicles by 2020.

Trend: Fleet connectivity via aftermarket mods
TomTom to Connect Global Fleets with New Device

TomTom: the company you know best for making GPS devices for your car in 2003. Well, if that’s all you know about the company you’re missing a big boat. The company is divided into four basic business units: hardware and consumer GPS, maps and licensing (into OEM cars and other GPS units), automotive/autonomous driving partnerships, and telematics (it’s the biggest provider in Europe, fyi). And now the company is proving it is not one to be trifled with or underestimated.

The new TomTom BRIDGE Connected is a rugged navigation device built for vehicle fleets that seamlessly connects business applications with TomTom maps, traffic, and navigation. It allows fleet drivers to directly connect with their customers, get updates as they happen and communicate with the home office easily, thanks to its built-in modem for wireless functionality.

“We are excited to further empower mobile workers with TomTom BRIDGE Connected,” said Jocelyn Vigreux, President, TomTom. “Wireless connectivity will now allow drivers to always stay in contact with their customers and company headquarters, while seamlessly recording critical data such as delivery addresses, change of locations, or pick up times. Combined with TomTom’s best-in-class on-board mapping and navigation and rugged, purpose-built design, drivers will be able to make smarter and time sensitive driving decisions even faster.”

Life on the road is rough, and TomTom has built the Bridge device to survive. It has a solid industrial design, 7-inch screen, fully customizable Android interface and Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It comes with a lifetime subscription to TomTom Maps and TomTom Traffic and operates on 3G GSM. In addition to 3G, it includes the integration of applications and connection to TomTom’s SDKs, innovative hardware features such as Near-Field Communication, an integrated camera, flash, Bluetooth, a loud speaker for vehicle use, and a custom charging cradle that can be mounted in any vehicle in a wide variety of vehicle configurations.

Trend: Faster vehicles get faster connectivity
Ericsson and Bombardier Bring LTE to 200 KPH

Will connectivity work at high speed? It’s the connected transportation question you didn’t know you needed to ask. Well, now we have an answer.

Ericsson and Bombardier have completed trials of LTE networks for railway solutions at simulated speeds of up to 200 kilometers per hour. A total of 11 tests were conducted in a laboratory to determine the ability of the LTE networks to support communications-based train control (CBTC) and services like closed-circuit television (CCTV), voice, platform information, advertising and Wi-Fi for passengers. CBTC uses high-resolution location determination and high-capacity data communications - such as those enabled by LTE networks - to support automatic train protection, operation and supervision functions. With more accurate information about the exact positions of trains, operators can manage traffic in a more efficient and safe manner. CBTC systems are more reliable than older train control systems, require less wayside equipment, have built-in redundancy features and enable operators to make optimal use of tracks and trains by responding to demand more swiftly and efficiently.

In the CBTC tests, the LTE networks achieved uplink and downlink latencies far below the threshold of 100 milliseconds and packet losses approaching zero. Quality of Service capabilities built into Ericsson's equipment also allowed for the preemption and prioritization of mission-critical railway services.

“The results of the tests performed to date are very promising and we will continue to test a variety of modems to ensure we can provide robust LTE networks for rail applications,” said Charlotta Sund, head of Customer Group Industry & Society, Ericsson. “We aim to develop solutions that ensure enhanced rail safety through communications-based train control and CCTV, as well as enhanced entertainment for passengers through services such as voice, platform information, advertising and Wi-Fi.”

Trend: IoT on a Boat
Marlink and Inmarsat make Alliance for Fleet Xpress Broadband

Marlink, a maritime communications and VSAT operator, made a strategic alliance with Inmarsat to add the Fleet Xpress service into Marlink’s existing service portfolio. Through the agreement, Marlink is bringing more than two thousand vessels to Inmarsat’s new Fleet Xpress service over a five-year period. 

Fleet Xpress is a global maritime solution that aims to set a new standard in broadband maritime communications by delivering reliable high-speed broadband connectivity and performance while facilitating “Connected Ship” applications.

“We’re delighted to add Fleet Xpress into our broad service portfolio,” said Erik Ceuppens, CEO, Marlink. “Fleet Xpress augments our ability to cater for the continuing growth of maritime broadband with a unique strategy that integrates communication services and digital solutions for diverse customer requirements.”

Marlink unlocks significant operational potential for its Fleet Xpress customers by providing access to a diverse range of Value Added Solutions, including its XChange communication management platform with capabilities including Universal Remote Access for increased IT efficiency and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for crew communication.

Fleet Xpress is an early harbinger of innovation in the maritime sector, and a leading connected supply chain leader. It is designed to facilitate the deployment of a new generation of Connected Ship applications and with it, a host of operational benefits will support cost reductions and competitive advantage for those ship owners and operators that get “on board” with global, reliable, high-speed broadband services.

Trend: Transportation in cloud city
Microsoft Azure Powers Connected Transportation in Europe

Cubic Transportation Systems launched NextTraffic, a connected transportation and traffic management solution that leverages Microsoft’s Azure Cloud to combine transportation payment and information technologies with Microsoft enterprise solutions to create a flexible and scalable cloud-enabled platform.

The solution allows the collection, processing, monitoring, controlling and management of all traffic elements on multiple computer networks in one source. This provides for control of surface transportation and better, more efficient use of roads and networks. It supports system-wide data collection, processing and sharing of information to travelers and cities with a modern and flexible solution that can work with the customer’s existing infrastructure and through the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

“This collaboration allows us to utilize the full power of Microsoft technology to improve our solutions today and develop future-proof, scalable solutions for tomorrow,” said Boris Karsch, VP, strategy, Cubic Transportation Systems. “This strategic relationship will be beneficial for both companies as we build on CTS’ expertise in payment and information systems for public transportation and traffic management and Microsoft’s world-leading enterprise solutions.”

This kind of international powerhouse partnership is emblematic of the future of the IoT, and heralds good things for the industry moving forward – at least in Europe.

Trend: Solar power
ORBCOMM Solar Solution to Track Brown Integrated Logistics Fleet

ORBCOMM, a global provider of IoT solutions, joined with Brown Integrated Logistics to implement a solar-powered asset tracking solution in Brown’s dry van trailers. The solution provides wireless connectivity through proprietary hardware and a web-based reporting platform.

“ORBCOMM is providing us with a long-term, maintenance-free solution that can operate in the field for several years without changing the batteries, so we can greatly reduce maintenance costs without losing touch with our trailers no matter where they are,” said Kevin Slaughter, President, Brown Trucking Company, a division of Brown Integrated Logistics. “ORBCOMM’s seamless integration with the TMW platform gives us a greater advantage by delivering the valuable trailer data we need through one combined data feed, which has significantly improved our operational efficiency.”

Brown is using the ruggedized trailer telematics system, which is self-powered with solar recharging technology for low power consumption and long service life, and also includes a web application for data reporting and analytics to increase in-transit visibility and security of the vehicles. Brown will be able to capture near real-time trailer data, including operational condition, GPS position, history, and arrival and departure status. 


In this weekly series, we’ll be previewing chapters for you to read in the hopes that you’ll like enough to read the whole thing. To do just that, for free,click here. Alternatively, there’s a paperback version available on Amazon for $14.99. 




Edited by Ken Briodagh

Editorial Director

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