Industries: Transportation and Distribution

Cold Chain Monitoring

Improper temperature control is a key reason why food and other perishable cargo are wasted in the supply chain. Smart transportation companies understand the value of reliable cold chain monitoring and delivering properly cooled food and pharmaceuticals to customers.

As a leader in the global refrigerated transportation market, some of the biggest companies trust ORBCOMM for complete end-to-end solutions for two-way wireless tracking and monitoring of reefers, containers and other assets involved in the cold chain—whether on land, rail or sea.

So whether you are responsible for a refrigerated vehicle fleet, own refrigerated rail or sea containers, or operate multi-temperature, multi-zone trailers, ORBCOMM’s cold chain monitoring solutions provide complete control to protect refrigerated cargo and optimise utilisation.

Monitor Cold Chain Operations for Increased Profitability

  • Ensure cargo temperature stays within the acceptable range and use sensors to alert if any sudden changes occur.
  • Minimise temperature-related load rejections, reduce costly spoilage claims, cut redelivery costs and use “lockdown” mode to help prevent cargo theft.
  • Provide critical reports to determine location, reduce dwell times and optimise reefer performance.
  • Enable increased reliability of reefer monitoring and control with optional backup satellite connectivity.

Reduce Fuel Consumption and Fleet Operating Costs

  • Read data from fuel sensors and send alarms in the event of rapid fuel loss or theft. Detect and resolve improper fuel invoicing, and eliminate unnecessary continuous run usage.
  • Track engine hours and mileage to decrease engine maintenance, tire replacement costs, and to extend trailer lifetime and warranty periods.
  • Enable advanced vehicle management for increased productivity and decreased operating and maintenance costs.

Improve the Safety of Food and Pharmaceutical Transport

  • Use standalone temperature recorders for reliable temperature reports that can be printed on-demand upon delivery.
  • Send, save, archive and analyze transport data via Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC).
  • Keep a historic record of reefer temperature readings, and exchange temperature control information for the entire duration of journeys.
  • Improve the accuracy of records by minimising downtime with optional satellite backup.

Enhance Regulatory Compliance

  • Automate compliance with the U.S. Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) and other food safety regulations.
  • Comply with stringent pharmaceutical transport requirements, such as the Good Distribution Practice (European Directive 92/25/EEC).
  • Leverage devices from a manufacturer validated for Good Automated Manufacturing Practice (GAMP5) compliance.

Track Gensets for Fuel, Location and Operating Status

  • Genset tracking and management from point of origin to destination.
  • Monitor alarms that indicate unplanned genset shut-downs, low fuel and other critical conditions.
  • Reduce the number of manual inspections required to verify whether gensets are working.

Integrate Easily Into Dispatch Systems

  • Use top dispatch systems (McLeod, TMW Systems, PeopleNet) as the main interface for a centralized view of asset location, temperature/sensor readings and alarm events.
  • Send commands from dispatch systems such as reefer unit on/off, change temperature set points, poll trailer location and more.

Avoid Running Overloaded Trailers

  • Eliminate potential fines for overloaded trailers by monitoring the weight of trailers in real-time.
  • Receive alerts onscreen, SMS or email if maximum allowable weights are exceeded.
  • Configure maximum weights for different trailers to allow for different vehicle types.

Cold Chain Monitoring Devices

BT 320: Truck and Trailer Temperature Monitoring Device

The BT 320 is an advanced temperature monitoring device for refrigerated trucks and trailers, with two-way reefer control, maintenance scheduling, temperature compliance data, EBS connectivity, refrigerated vehicle tracking, in-cab reefer monitoring for drivers and real-time alerts.

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Euroscan X3 Temperature Recorder
The Euroscan X3 temperature recorder includes a new design and new features including extended memory capacity, an accelerometer and easy data transmission via Bluetooth to the Device Manager service software. Together with the Coldchainview web application, the X3 provides unprecedented real-time monitoring and management for both products and temperature-controlled assets within the cold chain. The X3 has been designed and validated to conform to GAMP 5 and fulfills highest requirements of the pharmaceutical industry.

Euroscan X3 Temperature Recorder

Euroscan MX2 Transport Refrigeration Monitoring System
Euroscan’s ruggedized MX2 is a HACCP-compliant device that provides complete visibility, quality control and tracking for the refrigerated transport market. This global solution provides comprehensive temperature monitoring, fuel management, maintenance, and remote control functionality for refrigerated assets, enabling customers to lower operational costs, improve efficiency, maximize regulatory compliance and enhance customer satisfaction.

Euroscan MX2 Temperature Recorder

PT 6000: Two-Way Reefer Monitoring and Control
The PT 6000 is a two-way refrigerated monitoring and control device that provides comprehensive temperature, fuel management, maintenance, and logistical applications services for temperature-controlled cargo. Available as a cellular or dual-mode satellite-cellular version, the solution provides visibility, control and decision rules to transportation companies worldwide, providing maximum compliance, efficiency and return on investment.

PT 6000

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Temperature Sensors

Temperature, Cargo and Door Sensors for Cold Chain Telematics

ORBCOMM offers a variety of high-performance IoT sensors that provide detailed reports to help you better manage your assets, improve operational efficiency and reduce unauthorized usage and theft.

Temperature Sensors

TS 300 Wireless Temperature Sensor
ORBCOMM’s TS 300 wireless temperature sensor helps ensure the integrity of temperature-sensitive cargoes, such as refrigerated or frozen foods and pharmaceuticals, as they move along the supply chain. Used with the ORBCOMM® AG 400, the sensor provides both general cargo area temperature and multi-zone monitoring in refrigerated trailers and trucks independent of the refrigeration unit.

TS 300: Wireless Temperature Sensor

Euroscan Temperature Sensors
The Euroscan temperature sensors seamlessly integrate into ORBCOMM’s cold chain monitoring solutions to help ensure the integrity of temperature-sensitive cargoes such as refrigerated or frozen foods and pharmaceuticals as they move along the supply chain. The IP68-rated sensors operate in extreme temperatures and environments.

Euroscan Temperature Sensors

Cargo Sensors

GT 1210 with Integrated Cargo Sensors
ORBCOMM’s solar-powered GT 1210 is available as an all-in-one trailer and container tracking solution that integrates cargo sensors for quick and easy installation. Ideally suited for large-scale deployments, the GT 1200 series can be installed in about 10 minutes to minimize operational disruption. Use on any trailer or container asset type and in any orientation. This state-of-the-art, feature-rich tracking solution delivers powerful remote asset management and cargo status detection capabilities with minimum wiring.

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GT 1200 cargo sensor

Door Sensors

Euroscan Side Door Sensor
ORBCOMM’s Euroscan Side Door Sensor seamlessly integrates into our asset tracking solutions, detecting when a side door is opened or closed outside set parameters, such as location or temperature, in order to help operators protect cargo against temperature deviations and theft.

Side door sensor

Cold Chain Monitoring Platform

FleetManager: Advanced Temperature Monitoring for Trucks and Trailers

FleetManager is a cloud-based analytics platform and information management engine which unlocks valuable data for every user in the organisation.

Optimised to work with ORBCOMM’s truck, trailer, reefer and container monitoring devices, FleetManager delivers advanced reporting and analytics for the entire fleet on one single platform. With mapping, reports, alerts and exception management, FleetManager provides all that is needed to ensure regulatory compliance, maximise asset utilisation, minimise operational costs, increase driver productivity and improve customer satisfaction for better ROI.

Depending on your fleet, FleetManager can be configured to display specific workspaces with individual workspaces for dispatchers, fleet managers or the safety and compliance team. Its powerful features include individualised customisation, advanced data mining, configurable reporting, intelligent search options, multi-user management and advanced mapping.

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Related Applications

Optimized to work with ORBCOMM’s Euroscan-branded temperature recorders and modules, Coldchainview is a powerful web application enabling real-time monitoring and management of food, pharmaceuticals, live animals, electronics and other refrigerated assets within the cold chain. The result is improved end-to-end operations and total assurance from the product’s point of origin all the way to the end customer.

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“Things like live temperature tracking, Tacho, Working Hours Analysis, Critical Events ... I can see it all at the click of a button.”

Dermot Byrne, National Transport Manager, Keelings Retail UC

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