Industries: Transportation and Distribution

Railcar Tracking

ORBCOMM’s railcar tracking and monitoring solutions allow owners and operators to stay in touch with their railcar and ensure asset visibility at every stage between point of origin and final destination.

Specifically designed for the continuous monitoring, control and management of railcars, ORBCOMM’s rail tracking solutions provide two-way, near real-time communication so fleet managers can optimize utilization, enhance security, monitor for damage and health, and lower operating costs.

Improve Visibility of Railcars and Cargo

  • Logistics: Tracking railcar location and monitor critical components using timely, accurate and actionable information to optimize fleet performance.
  • Geofencing: Use GPS and geofencing to deliver near real-time alerts of critical events, such as when railcars enter or leave rail yards, border crossings and other points-of-interest.
  • Event Monitoring: Gain full visibility of railcars and instant reporting of incidents such as rough handling impacts, truck hunting, low fuel levels on reefer cars, intrusions anywhere on the rail network.
  • Safety: Keep chemicals and other hazardous materials in sight with continuous monitoring using telematics devices for rail and container operations.

Monitor Cargo, Fuel Levels and Overspeed Impacts on Refrigerated Railcars

  • Reliably monitor temperature of food and other perishabled goods and reduce claims due to spoilage. Help prevent food from thawing or freezing depending on outside temperature.
  • Use fuel sensors to monitor fuel levels, usage and optimize fuel efficiency of your railcars' refrigeration units.
  • Monitor temperature, hatches, cargo, send alerts and use two-way communication to set or adjust temperatures and alarms remotely.

Help Protect Railcars with Advanced Impact Monitoring

  • Use advanced impact monitoring accelerometers to gain valuable insight into how railcars are being handled.
  • Monitor railcars, containers, chassis and cargo for excessive impact in transit and in hump yards.
  • Use device accelerometer to determine when and where damage may have occurred, including exact time, location and force of impact. Use information to trace and bill back for damage.

Locate Railcars and Estimate Dwell Times

  • Quickly find and deploy idle railcars using GPS information to reduce dwell times, excess inventory and ensure greater railcar utilization.
  • Reduce time spent at terminals and other stop points. Calculate stop times at rail stations and border crossings using geofencing capabilities, and receive unscheduled stop alerts.
  • Provide accurate Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) of any shipment to customers to support just-in-time rail operations.

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GT 1200 Series: Easy-to-Install Railcar Tracking Solution

Designed specifically for trailer and railcar tracking, ORBCOMM’s solar-powered GT 1200 series is an ultra-compact tracking solution with expanded support for wireless sensors, quicker and safer field installation, an improved solar panel, and many more advanced features. Comes as standalone tracking solution or as an all-in-one, feature-rich device with integrated cargo sensors. Gain complete visibility of railcars virtually anywhere in the world, improve asset utilization, streamline operations, protect cargo and much more.

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PT 6000: Cold Chain Monitoring
The PT 6000 is a two-way reefer monitoring and control device that provides comprehensive temperature, fuel management, maintenance, and logistical applications services for railcars involved in cold chain management. The solution provides visibility, control and decision rules to transportation companies worldwide, providing maximum compliance, efficiency and return on investment.

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ORBCOMM Platform: Advanced Rail Tracking Solution

The ORBCOMM platform is a single, unified, next-generation analytics and reporting platform that unlocks data-rich insights from your assets so that you can make faster, more accurate, better informed decisions. Manage all your assets in one place with a single, user-friendly fleet management solution.

The platform serves as a robust and versatile railcar tracking solution that enables our customers to vastly improve their business operations. Enhance security, supply chain automation and a complete management dashboards, providing the ability to detect and correct supply chain anomalies in real-time.

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Trusted by the biggest names in the business, ReeferConnect is the leading Internet of Things (IoT) solution for remote container management, enabling real-time tracking and two-way control of refrigerated containers and cargo, across land and sea. Deployed on more than 300,000 reefer containers worldwide, ReeferConnect helps shipping lines, intermodal operators, cargo owners and other users achieve proven ROI.

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Railcar Tracking Resources

Connecting Cargo Along the New Silk Road

Transporting high value cargo across central Asia by rail presents two problems—inhospitable terrain and cargo security...

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Railcar Tracking Helps Industry Cope with Challenges

Railcar tracking provides the ability to reduce dwell times and monitor how railcars are being handled...

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How Rail Operators are Staying on Track with M2M

From Class I railroads to private owners of railcars and containers, M2M technology is enabling safer and more efficient operations...

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Case Study: Locating Your Railcars

Discover the benefits of railcar tracking, including improved workflow and asset distribution.

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