Jan 1, 2009 12:00 PM
Commercial vehicle telematics systems intermingle computers and wireless telecommunications technologies to perform a variety of tasks, many in real-time. Among other functions, these systems can track and monitor trucks and trailers, and allow instant communications with drivers. Here is a sampling of what is available.
Advantage PressurePro, Portman partner
Advantage PressurePro announces its partnership with Portman Securities and the integration of PressurePro's tire pressure monitoring systems with Portman Securities tracking devices. This partnership allows Portman and PressurePro to offer users a fully integrated telematics package complete with GPS tracking, personnel tracking, driving behavior reports, cargo temperature and door monitoring, route optimization, work order fulfillment, scheduled maintenance, and tire pressure monitoring.
Using GPRS and GSM/SMS messaging, the integrated systems allow users — from fleets to individuals — to monitor and track vehicles including tractor-trailers, heavy equipment, trucks, RVs, trailers, boats, generators, and containers, as well as people.
Temp monitoring label goes wireless
PakSense Inc. plans to release a wireless version of its temperature monitoring label in December 2008. The PakSense Ultra Wireless Label will enable users to wirelessly download time and temperature information and analyze data before unloading a perishable product from a container.
Ultra Wireless Labels are activated and applied to product or product packaging before shipping. At any point during distribution, the PakSense Ultra Wireless Reader can collect data from any label within a 300-foot line of sight range or approximately 60-ft. obstructed range with the touch of a button. Information from up to 15 labels can be downloaded at one time.
Time and temperature data can be examined on the screen of the Ultra Wireless Reader immediately after download, which improves reaction times and helps users make quick decisions on product quality. Detailed information from the reader, including temperature alert notifications, can then be downloaded to a PC for e-mailing and permanent storage.
Flat and about the size of a credit card, Ultra Wireless Labels are encased in waterproof foodgrade packaging. Environmentally friendly, they take up less space, have a low carbon footprint, and can be returned to PakSense for recycling. The labels can also be used to monitor cold cases in retail stores.
Additional information is available at www.paksense.com.
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Kenworth T2000 adds instrumentation
The Kenworth T2000 is now available with the Kenworth Driver Information Center, Kenworth GPS Navigation System, and state-of-the-art multiplex instrumentation system.
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