Provides end-to-end visibility of refrigerated container operations and enhances safety, efficiency and service levels throughout the cold chain
Rochelle Park, NJ, May 9, 2017 - ORBCOMM Inc. (Nasdaq: ORBC), a leading global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, announced today that it will showcase its new GSM-based VesselConnect solution, which enables local and remote refrigerated container management at sea, in Booth 116, Hall A6 at the Transport Logistic Trade Show at Messe München in Munich, Germany from May 9-12, 2017. ORBCOMM’s VesselConnect enables end-to-end visibility of refrigerated containers transporting temperature-sensitive, high-value cargo across water, filling the traceability gap on vessels at sea.
ORBCOMM’s VesselConnect displays critical data from refrigerated containers, including reefer status, temperature and slot location, on an application aboard the ship as well as remotely on land when data is synchronized through the Cloud. Crews can adjust reefer set points and conduct pre-trip inspections right from the application, which reduces manual labor and expedites cargo distribution on land. In addition, the system’s temperature monitoring and record-keeping capabilities enable compliance with food safety regulations, including the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act and the USDA’s cold treatment guidelines.
Using on-board GSM infrastructure, VesselConnect creates a wireless local data transport network on the ship, enabling refrigerated and other containers fitted with GPS/GSM modem devices to continue to report while the vessel is on the water. The system automatically initiates after passing out of reach of terrestrial GSM networks, such as at the port terminal. VesselConnect can typically be installed in about six hours, so there is no need for ships to spend time out of service.
A key benefit of ORBCOMM’s VesselConnect is enhanced crew efficiency and safety by eliminating the need to manually check the temperature status and condition of reefer containers. If an alarm occurs, it will be automatically displayed on the VesselConnect console and directed via SMS to crew phones so an engineer can be promptly sent to check and resolve any issues. The system also identifies non-performing equipment, so shore-based staff can be alerted in advance that repairs are needed, thereby reducing time out of service as well as insurance claims.
“ORBCOMM is a leader and innovator in the sea container shipping industry, providing IoT solutions that help container assets, cargo and shipments make the move from ‘dark, dumb and disconnected’ to ‘visible, smart and connected’,” said Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM’s Chief Executive Officer. “By investing in ORBCOMM’s VesselConnect solution, ocean carriers and equipment OEMs can monitor and control their refrigerated container operations end-to-end across road, rail, water, ports, and yards for maximum safety, efficiency and customer service.”
TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico, a premier shipping carrier specializing in moving cargo between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico, is currently using ORBCOMM’s VesselConnect to extend its ability to monitor and control its refrigerated container fleet on land to the water as well. By leveraging VesselConnect, TOTE Maritime gains seamless visibility and control of its assets along the cold chain from point of origin to destination.
For more information on ORBCOMM’s VesselConnect, please visit https://www.orbcomm.com/en/solutions/web-applications/vesselconnect or click here to schedule a meeting with ORBCOMM at Transport Logistic in Booth 116, Hall A6.
About ORBCOMM Inc.
ORBCOMM Inc. (Nasdaq: ORBC) is a leading global provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. ORBCOMM’s unique combination of global satellite, cellular and dual-mode network connectivity, hardware, web reporting applications and software is the M2M industry’s most complete service offering. Our solutions are designed to remotely track, monitor, and control fixed and mobile assets in core vertical markets including transportation & distribution, heavy equipment, industrial fixed assets, oil & gas, maritime, mining and government.
With nearly 20 years of innovation and expertise in M2M, ORBCOMM has more than 1.77 million subscribers with a diverse customer base including premier OEMs such as Caterpillar Inc., Doosan Infracore America, Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd., John Deere, Komatsu Ltd., and Volvo Construction Equipment, as well as end-to-end solutions customers such as C&S Wholesale, Canadian National Railways, CR England, Hub Group, KLLM Transport Services, Marten Transport, Swift Transportation, Target, Tropicana, Tyson Foods, Walmart and Werner Enterprises. For more information, visit www.orbcomm.com.
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