Machine-to-machine and Internet of Things solutions provider ORBCOMM Inc. has launched its next-generation solution for remote monitoring and control of refrigerated containers.
According to ORBCOMM, the new solution is designed for uninterrupted visibility of operations, improved efficiency and reduced costs. It provides wireless connectivity through its ruggedized hardware and a cloud-based analytics platform and information management engine for optimal asset management and utilization.
“ORBCOMM continues to lead the industrial IoT in innovation, as we remain committed to developing new feature-rich, cost-effective products that meet the changing demands of our markets,” said Craig Malone, executive vice president of product development at ORBCOMM. “ORBCOMM’s new refrigerated container product series utilizes our best-in-class IoT technology to enable intermodal operators to maximize asset utilization and lower operating costs, while providing the highest value and service to customers.”
The new series supports built-in and external sensors, cellular connectivity and wireless technologies to deliver actionable data such as asset location, status, performance and cargo area temperature. There are two variants. The CT 3000 is permanently installed on an asset for continuous tracking, while the CT 3100 can be temporarily installed to monitor assets for a specific duration while on a trip, aboard a vessel or at a terminal.
The new solution connects directly to the reefer to enable real-time alerts and two-way control, allowing operators to quickly react to discrepancies and remotely adjust temperature and humidity levels to ensure temperature compliance and minimize spoilage, reducing costly insurance claims.
By leveraging comprehensive data logs to efficiently allocate assets, operators can eliminate unnecessary moves, improve turn times and streamline delivery and routes. Pre-trip inspections are also automated to facilitate quicker turn times, lower operational expenses and reduce safety risks to personnel, according to ORBCOMM.