Solar-powered, maintenance-free solution improves operational efficiency and trailer utilization.
ORBCOMM Inc., a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, today announced that it has been selected by Barnes Transportation Services Inc. (Barnes) to provide a solar-powered asset tracking solution for its dry van trailers.
Headquartered in Wilson, North Carolina, Barnes is a family-owned and operated truckload carrier servicing the Eastern United States. ORBCOMM’s solution will provide wireless connectivity through its proprietary hardware and a web-based reporting platform for optimal fleet management.
Barnes is using ORBCOMM’s ruggedized telematics system, which is self-powered with solar recharging technology for low power consumption and long service life, eliminating the need for frequent battery changes. ORBCOMM’s solution includes a robust web application with data reporting and analytics capabilities to increase in-transit visibility and security of Barnes’ dry van trailers. ORBCOMM’s telematics solution also integrates with the McLeod LoadMaster™ dispatch software platform, enabling Barnes to capture near-real-time asset data for their fleet, including operational condition, exception reporting and GPS position, through one comprehensive system.
“We’re pleased to expand our customer portfolio with the addition of Barnes Transportation, another great customer in the dry van market that leverages our award-winning trailer telematics solution,” said Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM’s Chief Executive Officer.
“Our solar-powered solution offers Barnes continuous, real-time asset tracking and monitoring from origin to destination, requires less maintenance and provides a low cost of ownership for maximum Return on Investment.”
“With more than 75 years in the trucking business, we are committed to leveraging innovative technology to make our transportation operations more efficient over the long term,” said Keith Barnes, President of Barnes Transportation Services Inc. “ORBCOMM’s high-performance telematics system provides big value by enabling full visibility into our fleet, optimal routing and transit time as well as significantly improved trailer utilization.”
Barnes expects to complete deployment of ORBCOMM’s solution by year end.