LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- PeopleNet has introduced a first-of-its-kind trailer-tracking solution, with an onboard computing provider that requires no additional trailer hardware. PeopleNet made the announcement at the Truckload Carriers...
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — PeopleNet has introduced a first-of-its-kind trailer-tracking solution, with an onboard computing provider that requires no additional trailer hardware. PeopleNet made the announcement at the Truckload Carriers Association’s annual convention being held this week in Las Vegas.
“Our Tethered Trailer Tracking solution uses the existing Power Line Communication (PLC) cable for exchanging data between the trailer’s anti-lock brake system and the PeopleNet system through the Multi-Bus Adapter with a PLC chip. This configuration provides the most cost-effective trailer tracking solution for reducing the cost of lost trailers, eliminating manual yard checks, managing trailer detention, and improving utilization information for more efficient maintenance,” said PeopleNet executive vice-president of operations, Rick Ochsendorf.
“In addition to being easy to use, there also is significant saving in time-consuming installation and labour cost. Since a typical fleet has around a 2:1 trailer-to-tractor ratio, that can be tremendous.”
Once connected to the tractor, the trailer’s unique serial number is sent to the PeopleNet system, which in turn creates location-based hook and drop events for the trailer. Event information is stored, including the date/time, location, vehicle and trailer odometer reading. Odometer readings, in particular, provide a history that enables accurate usage-based maintenance.
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