Truck-Lite has released product for the Road Ready trailer monitoring and communication designed for trailer telematics.
The Road Ready system can create a “smart” trailer through the solar-powered Master Control Unit. The MCU features a military grade solar panel and 10-year, quick-charging battery. It monitors and transmits data from the customizable Road Ready sensors through a user interface, all without requiring power from a tractor.
"What sets Road Ready apart from any other system is its ability to monitor all trailer components while being untethered," said Rob Richard, vice president and general manager of Road Ready. "Installation is quick, with no holes to drill or wires to run, and fleets can determine whether a trailer is ready for dispatch without needing to hook it to a power unit - saving valuable time and, ultimately, money."
The Road Ready system offers a variety of wireless, peel-and-stick sensors that communicate with the MCU, relaying data regarding tire pressure; LED light-out detection; antilock brake systems; unauthorized door openings; cargo fill/movement detection; cargo temperature; trailer arrival and departure notifications; and GPS with different MCU reporting capabilities such as geo-fencing, motion sensing, panic or scheduled reporting, and Hypertracking.
In addition to reporting up-to-the-minute alerts from crucial areas of road-readiness, the Road Ready system can improve an organization's efficiency by expediting the pre-trip inspection process. Road Ready communicates key data points to the dashboard, even when a trailer is sitting in a yard. As a result, fleets can confidently dispatch trailers they know to be free of issues, ensuring driver safety and more uptime while avoiding costly CSA violations.
Event-based data is reported in real time to a desktop dashboard from a completely untethered control unit. With several available sensor options, the Road Ready system can be customized for any fleet solution, according to Truck-Lite - even those with alternative trailer monitoring and LED lighting platforms in place.
"Road Ready is completely agnostic, which means it communicates with existing ABS, tire and LED lighting systems a fleet might already employ," said Brian Kupchella, president and CEO of Truck-Lite. "Between its variety of sensors and network of compatible platforms, Road Ready is the most comprehensive telematics solution available."