CALGARY, Alta. — CSI Wireless has released Fleet-Link, a tracking and reporting device for tractor trailers that can report the location of even detached trailers with no power supply.
Fleet-Link uses the truck’s power supply for most of its reporting, however the new system can use solar power as well, allowing it to report the location and status of unpowered trailers for up to 60 days without an external electrical source.
“Fleet-Link is ideal for monitoring the status and whereabouts of tractor trailers, containers, leased vehicles, hazardous shipments and other high-value cargo,” says Stephen Verhoeff, CSI Wireless’ president and CEO. “Knowing when a truck trailer has been untethered, where a hazardous load is, when an alarm system has been disabled, when a refrigeration unit’s temperature is out of the safe range, or when a load has made an unscheduled start or stop, can mean the difference between profit and loss – and safety."
Fleet-Link can be programmed to report many types of irregularities, including: cargo stopped outside its origin or destination for too long; speeding; engine use or idle time beyond what’s expected; unsafe load temperatures on reefers; activation of door alarms; alteration of cargo weight en route; and the use and location of leased assets.
The system will be available by late summer, CSI says. The system includes a GPS receiver, communications link, rechargeable batteries, back-up power port and antennas.
“When equipped with its 4.5-watt solar panel, Fleet-Link will transmit position reports every hour for years without interruption – matching the useable life-span of nearly every asset the customer deploys,” Verhoeff says. “Because CSI Wireless is based in Alberta – a province known for its oil, mining and other heavy industries, and for its tough winters – we are very accustomed to designing products for rough use and cold, harsh environments. Fleet-Link is built to withstand shock, vibration, high-impact, moisture and extreme temperatures. It is one tough piece of tracking and monitoring equipment.”
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