REAL-TIME ASSET TRACKING

Stemco’s ‘BAT RF’ system has been teamed with the SkyBitz Global Locating System (GLS) to offer mileage readings in conjunction with real-time trailer tracking. They’ll provide a direct interface between the two to enable accurate trailer mileage readings. Availability is mid-year 2007.

Using a wireless module installed with the SkyBitz GLS 200 trailer-tracking unit, the Stemco TracBAT wireless
hubodometer transmits mileage updates along with the vehicle location data to the SkyBitz website. These
reports can easily be downloaded into Microsoft Excel for customer billing as well as preventive-maintenance
scheduling.

SkyBitz says this makes it the first trailer-tracking provider to enable up-to-the-minute mileage reports. Having access to actual mileage readings will take the guesswork out of scheduling preventive maintenance, Stemco
says.

There are no moving parts in the TracBAT hubodometer. Rotation is sensed by an inertia chip which calculates
mileage and transmits data to trailer-mounted interface module GLS 200. It’s programmable for tire size and
brand. Battery life for the TracBAT is said to be 4-5 years. Replacements cost $35.00 and are available at
many truckstop chains.

The two companies are also planning to introduce interfaces for other sensor applications that monitor key
vehicle components for predictive equipment maintenance. The system also has fuel-tax monitoring potential, but that’s not currently offered as a service option.

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