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Trailer Tracking for Theft Avoidance

Fleet Equipment

Managing Assets
By Seth Skydel, Senior Contributing Editor

"It boils down to the fact that the transportation process is the most vulnerable link in the supply chain," says Jim Sassen, senior manager, product marketing at Omnitracs. "The reality is that cargo theft will never fully cease. That said, the best course of action is the arm fleets with the best technology to ensure they can proactively react when theft incidents occur and attempt to get to the trailer before the cargo is removed."

The deployment of the right technology can help fleets closely monitor cargo and take action in real time, Sassen notes, Tracking technologies, he adds, provide fleets with timely and accurate updates on the status and location of trailers. Arming fleets with automatic notifications about cargo connects and disconnects, door openings at unauthorized locations and trailer tracking technologies serve as a second set of eyes for fleet managers, enabling them to monitor for unscheduled activity. [...]

"In an industry with many critical issues impacting profitability, cargo theft and security puts an additional strain on transportation companies," states Henry Popplewell, senior vice president and general manager at SkyBitz. "A solution of location and cargo and door sensors provides continuous coverage and visibility of assets and cargo, and provides added security so there is one less thing fleets need to worry about in a time when theft is increasing and thieves are getting more sophisticated." [...]

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