Jan 1, 2009 12:00 PM
PeopleNet teams up with Iridium
PeopleNet has partnered with Iridium to offer satellite communications as an option alongside its wireless network. The partnership means that PeopleNet now offers truly universal coverage to fleet customers, even those operating in the most remote corners of the continent.
Iridium satellite communications, through PeopleNet, will be available on a dual-mode basis on installed vehicles. PeopleNet's onboard system will communicate over its wireless network where provided, but switch to Iridium mobile satellite services where it is not. The system will always choose the least-cost option, and the change will be seamless, automatic, and imperceptible to the driver.
Fleet managers will be able to select what kinds of data can or cannot be transmitted by satellite. Location reports and dispatch-related messages might be allowed while training videos and personal e-mail could be held, for example. Held content would be delivered when trucks return to wireless coverage. The Iridium option can be deployed across a fleet or installed on individual units within a PeopleNet fleet.
The Iridium constellation consists of 66 low-earth orbiting (LEO), cross-linked satellites operating as a fully meshed network and supported by multiple in-orbit spares. Iridium provides data communications service that does not suffer from the latency of other LEO satellite providers. Latency describes the lag time between the time a message is sent at one end and the time it is received at the other.
Prophesy integrates with TransCore
Prophesy Dispatch and TrackerSeries mobile communications systems now work in tandem with the TransCore GlobalWave satellite trailer tracking device. Prophesy has teamed up with TransCore to deliver this new functionality to broaden mobile technology options for users.
Prophesy Dispatch automatically imports GPS data from the GlobalWave devices and updates the trailer data throughout the system. This results in greater accuracy and reliability when managing and assigning trailers on loads. In addition, users are allowed to view data about a trailer such as its current geographical location and length of time at that location. Several reports are available to display and print this data.
Trailer data can also be viewed at the Prophesy Tracker website using any PC with an Internet connection. The Prophesy Tracker website contains a host of reports and maps that allow you to maintain complete visibility over a trailer's activity.
On the road, the GlobalWave hardware easily attaches to the surface of a trailer using a self-adhesive mounting system. Once attached, the device is virtually maintenance-free.
Access www.transcore.com for more information.
StarTrak integrates PLC4TRUCK system
StarTrak Systems, a subsidiary of Alanco Technologies Inc., has integrated its ReeferTrak system with the PLC4TRUCK's tractor identification system from Hegemon Electronics.
Integration allows ReeferTrak to automatically report, via wireless communications, the unique identification number of the tractor when the refrigerated trailer is connected to it. This guarantees that the assigned tractor is picking up the correct trailer automatically, thus eliminating driver intervention and possible error.
Within ReeferTrak, the function permits significant improvement in trailer utilization and efficiency for refrigerated operators that frequently drop trailers to be loaded or unloaded.
The PLC4TRUCKS unit transmits a unique, programmable, digital ID number at customer-specified intervals. This signal is transmitted between the tractor and the trailer using the existing seven-pin wiring harness as the pathway. The signal is read by ReeferTrak, which records the connection between tractor and trailer. This connection is then included as part of the wireless data transmission from the trailer.
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