Industries: Transportation and Distribution

Trailer Tracking

Trailer tracking solutions reduce costs and improve trailer-to-tractor ratio while increasing capacity and visibility, keeping fleet managers in touch with trailers in transit or in the yard.

ORBCOMM's smart trailer telematics systems provide the global visibility needed to allow fleet managers to optimize utilization, reduce fuel costs, improve preventative maintenance, and more. That’s why top companies trust ORBCOMM for reliable and cost-effective trailer monitoring.

GPS trailer tracking: GT 1200

Smart truck and trailer telematics

Optimize Utilization and Gain Complete Trailer Visibility

  • Gain visibility of your entire fleet with two-way communications. Cost-effectively transmit as often as you need to.
  • Reduce dwell times and improve tractor-to-trailer ratio with telematics systems to ensure maximum trailer utilization.
  • Improve turn times and reduce the number of idle assets by as much as 40% in the first month.
  • Integrate cargo sensors to receive notifications that help streamline trailer load and unload cycles.
  • Use optional, dual-mode satellite-cellular connectivity to track assets 24/7, even where cellular is unreliable.

Integrate with TMS and Third-Party Applications

  • Seamlessly integrate with third-party transportation management systems (TMS) and applications
  • Fully integrated end-to-end telematics allows users to access live trailer fleet data from a familiar interface.
  • Use top dispatch systems (McLeod, TMW Systems, PeopleNet) as the main interface for a centralized view of asset location, temperature/sensor readings, alarm events and more.

Improve Preventative Maintenance

  • Reduce maintenance costs by using ruggedized, solar-powered devices that don’t require disruptive and frequent battery changes.
  • Increase efficiency by proactively scheduling preventative trailer maintenance.
  • Track miles driven and engine hours in real time to monitor if a trailer is over/underutilized.

Help Prevent Trailer Theft and Unauthorized Use

  • Use geofences and configurable alerts to be notified of unauthorized trailer moves and unscheduled stops that could indicate theft.
  • Improve your chances of recovering a stolen load or asset with live GPS location data.
  • Receive alerts when trailer doors open outside set parameters, and use sensors to detect fuel theft.
  • Protect assets from cell jammers, commonly used for cargo theft, with optional backup satellite connectivity.

Reduce Fuel Costs and Cycle Times

  • Track changes in fuel levels, detect theft and rapid fuel loss by reading sensor data.
  • Compare invoices with refuel events. Analyze fuel usage by customer, location and order number to further reduce fuel costs.

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Trailer Tracking Devices

GT 1200 Series: Solar-Powered Trailer Tracking – The Next Generation

Next-generation solar-powered tracking for dry trailers and containers

ORBCOMM’s solar-powered GT 1200 series delivers the latest in dry trailer and container telematics technology at unprecedented value to customers. Gain complete visibility of assets virtually anywhere in the world, improve asset utilization and driver productivity, streamline operations and protect cargo to maximize ROI.

A new solar panel leverages the latest technology to deliver longer-lasting battery life and charging capabilities, making recharging possible even in indirect light, on overcast days and in high Northern latitudes. Shipped fully charged, the GT 1200 holds its charge for at least 6 months, allowing for storage before installment. Once installed, the device can deliver multiple messages per day with limited sun exposure.

The GT 1200 is available as a comprehensive trailer mointoring solution that includes connectivity and a customizable application with powerful reports, dynamic dashboards, advanced analytics, two-way commands and more. Customers may also integrate ORBCOMM’s data feed into third-party Transportation Management Systems and proprietary enterprise applications. Also available is an optional satellite accessory that integrates seamlessly with the GT 1200 for increased reliability and improved asset visibility.

The GT 1200 series is available in two variants:

  • GT 1200: Get complete visibility for trailers and containers without maintenance or battery changes with advanced reporting and analytics to help streamline processes and improve efficiencies.
  • GT 1210: This all-in-one, feature-rich tracking device with integrated cargo sensor delivers powerful remote asset management and cargo status detection capabilities with minimum wiring.
GPS trailer tracking: GT 1200

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Trailer Tracking Software

ORBCOMM Platform: Advanced Software for Smart Trailer Monitoring

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.

Smart trailer management solutions from ORBCOMM provide the total visibility needed for fleet managers to optimize utilization, reduce costs, protect cargo, and more. Reduce idle and dwell times, improve turns, automate yard management and more.

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“We’re able to track trailers, the temperatures in the trailers all the time, the trucks, everything. Everything is faster—response time in the truck with drivers, the visibility for drivers—the reports are so much clearer. Overall, I’d say across the fleet it has boosted efficiency— it’s an easy system to work with. The drivers like it.”

Randy Martin, Compliance Manager, Dutch Valley Foods

Trailer Tracking Resources

Q&A: Reefer Trailer Monitoring

Your questions answered on FSMA compliance and other key components of a reefer trailer monitoring and control solution.

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All-in-One In-Cab, ELD, Reefer and Trailer Tracking

For Dutch Valley, one of the unexpected benefits of ORBCOMM trailer tracking is finding assets that have gone missing.

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Improve Driver Retention with Trailer Tracking

Beyond competitive wages, benefits and training, learn how you can leverage technology to improve drivers’ quality of life at work.

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Trailer Tracking Making Life Easier for Drivers

Learn how ORBCOMM's trailer telematics and McLeod integration work together to boost performance for Chief Express.

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