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Trailer Tales - The Stories Your Trailers Tell - Part 2

Truckload Authority

April 27, 2015
By Dorothy Cox

Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part series on trailer-tracking technology, what tales these trailers tell and what they'll be doing in the future.

 Imagine a trailer or container equipped to generate battery power by its very movement, or trailer-tracking technology that communicates the status of a trailer's tries and brakes wherever it goes -- or a reefer with sensors disguised as other equipment to evade thieves.

Picture cargo tracking technology that monitors cargo from ship to rail to truck to store, and everywhere in between. Or how about a device that lets customers know from 15 minutes to an hour ahead of time that the parts they ordered are on the way, letting them gear up an assembly line and the precise number of workers needed in advance, a "just-in-time assembly line," if you will.

Some of these technologies are already in play; others are around the corner or closer.

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