Orbcomm's new connected asset tracker is solar-powered.  -  Photo: Orbcomm

Orbcomm's new connected asset tracker is solar-powered.

Photo: Orbcomm

Orbcomm, a provider of supply chain internet-of-things (IoT) technology, announced that has launched a solar-powered asset tracking solution that enables fleets of any size to cost-effectively monitor trailers, intermodal containers, and other transportation assets and gain operational visibility.

The new solution, which is part of Orbcomm’s CT 1000 product line, offers a solution for fleet and intermodal managers looking to monitor asset location, start/stop motion status, and configurable alerts a few times a day.

With access to critical movements via geofencing through the Orbcomm platform, fleets can estimate arrival times, detect misuse or unauthorized use of their assets, and quickly deploy corrective measures to mitigate delays that impact operations.

Orbcomm said this addition to its asset tracking portfolio delivers the power of IoT technology to transportation customers so they can simplify fleet management, optimize asset utilization, enhance customer service, and potentially win more business.

The solution is designed with a rugged enclosure and is IP67, IP69k, and ATEX Zone 2 certified to handle virtually any environment.

Easy Installation and Updates

The company said it can be installed in as little as one minute per asset and is built to require no manual attention after installation thanks to its solar-powered battery and over-the-air updates. In addition, Orbcomm’s global SIM provides multi-network 4G LTE cellular connectivity with 3G/2G fallback to support trailers and intermodal containers no matter where they roam.

“Orbcomm’s latest innovation in IoT technology is targeted for transportation fleets who want a reliable asset tracking solution that balances features, functionality, and cost and helps them stay competitive,” said Gregg Plonisch, Orbcomm’s senior vice president of product management. “We’re making it easy for fleets of any size with multiple asset types to know what is happening across their operations to boost efficiency, improve decision making, and keep their assets flowing smoothly along the supply chain.”

Deployed by Global Shipper

Hapag-Lloyd, a global shipping line, was the first to leverage Orbcomm’s state-of-the-art CT 1000 technology through a unique solution purpose-built to help them increase transparency and improve the management of strained supply chains. The shipper began installing Orbcomm's solution on their dry containers in late 2022.

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