Schneider National introduces new trailer tracking technology
June 27, 2013
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Schneider National is installing new tracking technology across its fleet of van trailers and intermodal containers. The new technology from Qualcomm is designed to provide continuous, real-time information regarding the...
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Schneider National is installing new tracking technology across its fleet of van trailers and intermodal containers. The new technology from Qualcomm is designed to provide continuous, real-time information regarding the location and load status of each trailer and container. Qualcomm’s Enterprise Services’ Trailer Tracks 210 (TT210) technology will be installed on more than 44,000 intermodal containers and van trailers.
Schneider officials say the installation includes an upgrade to the trailer-tracking technology currently installed on the company’s van truckload and dedicated fleets as well as the first-time installation within its intermodal container fleet. Schneider says the installation will make the company the only intermodal provider in North America with 100% fleet coverage and cargo sensing capabilities.
Schneider officials note that unlike trailers, intermodal containers are not tethered to a tractor for significant periods of time during the rail portion of a move, making it difficult to power a tracking device. Qualcomm’s new technology uses solar and cellular power, opening the door for intermodal container tracking and load sensing for the first time.
Schneider officials say the technology will help the company better monitor its customers’ freight and enable shippers to check on the status of loads at any time via the Schneider Web site.
“Having this crucial information at our fingertips allows us to respond to customers’ needs quicker and more efficiently than ever before,” said Jim Filter, senior vice-president, intermodal commercial management for Schneider National. “This investment, along with consistent rail improvements and our asset-based service, is creating an even more ‘truck-like’ experience for Schneider Intermodal’s customers.”
According to Filter, all of Schneider’s intermodal containers will be equipped with tracking devices by Sept. 30. The van trailer fleet upgrade will be complete by December 2015.
Schneider says the tracking technology will also help the company pinpoint the exact location of empty containers and trailers, making the planning and dispatch process more efficient, while reducing driver waste work and empty miles.
“We researched several technologies and chose to continue our use of Qualcomm’s tracking device platform, as we feel it is the most comprehensive solution for freight visibility,” said Dave Geyer, senior vice-president and general manager, van truckload, Schneider National. “The new technology gives us the ability to better manage our trailing units, providing faster response time to customers and minimizing the amount of time, fuel, and wear and tear on equipment when having to locate a trailer.”
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