Are you Getting the Smartest Truckload of Benefits from Trailer Tracking Systems?
By Carolina Ruiz • Published January 11, 2022 • 5 minute read
The American Trucking Association projects 28% growth in U.S. freight tonnage from 2021 to 2032, but current trailer manufacturing backlogs are hampering efforts by motor carriers to meet demand.
Trailer orders are currently extended through the second half of 2022 due to historically low build rates. Equipment shortages have increased demand for tracking systems that can instantly locate available capacity and help fleets maximize asset utilization.
A recent report by Berg Insights estimates that 34.4 percent of all trailer and cargo containers had tracking units installed at the end of 2020. The research firm anticipates demand for the technology will continue to be strong from the pandemic increasing the need for supply chain visibility and transport security.
Decreased hardware costs, improved battery life, and the emergence of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technologies are also speeding technology adoption, the report noted.
Trailer tracking systems are essential to better utilize trailer and container assets as well as satisfy customer visibility and security requirements. But that’s not all.
Below are five areas the Berg Insights report says will drive the adoption of trailer tracking in 2022 and beyond:
1. Cargo and inventory management
Shippers and consignees want in-transit shipment visibility. They recognize the value of doing business with carriers that use systems that provide real-time control and monitor temperatures of cargo such as pharmaceuticals and fresh produce.
2. Insurance risk management
Insurance premiums can make up a substantial part of total shipping costs. Trailer and container tracking devices can decrease transportation risks as well as determine the responsible party when cargo is damaged. Both benefits help reduce insurance premiums and claims costs.
3. Transport security
Trailer tracking systems connect with sensors to monitor door open/close status and monitor the integrity of the trailer and the condition of the cargo. The systems can instantly notify fleets when doors are opened at unauthorized locations, or when shock impacts or temperature anomalies occur, among other critical events.
4. Fleet utilization
Trailer tracking systems continuously monitor the location and status. With this information fleets can make decisions and take actions to keep trailers on the road, where they belong, generating revenue. They can also hold customers accountable for detention and maximize the use of drivers’ hours of service by knowing the arrival and departure times of assets, and loaded and unloaded trailer status.
5. Regulatory compliance and reporting
Real-time tracking and monitoring solutions can help fleets and shippers comply with strict regulations for security and food safety. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) aims to prevent food contamination by requiring adequate temperature controls and documentation while shipments are in transit.
Choose a partner who is ready to meet demand
With supply chains stretched thin and capacity tight now is a critical time for fleets to be aligned with technology partners who can respond quickly to their needs.
SkyBitz has the most advanced and reliable GPS trailer tracking solutions in the market and has been delivering exceptional customer experiences for more than 20 years. We have plenty of inventory on hand, ready to ship, of our most advanced SkyBitz Kinnect platform and other market-leading solutions.
Besides locating trailers, fleets that use SkyBitz solutions can automate inventory yard checks, find available capacity, monitor dwell and detention events, protect cargo, efficiently dispatch drivers, and unify trailer fleet management for all asset types.
SkyBitz Kinnect has unmatched expansion capabilities by supporting multiple wireless and wired sensors consistent with SkyBitz SmartTrailer™ solutions. The state-of-the-art power management capabilities ensure the platform delivers high-frequency reporting and visibility of trailer locations, events, and empty/loaded cargo status.
SkyBitz also covers fleets that manage cold chain logistics and refrigerated freight by offering an advanced reefer monitoring solution through a partnership with Coretex. The integrated platform gives fleets a 360-degree view and real-time control of refrigerated assets and cold chain operations by uniquely combining GPS tracking with intuitive temperature data monitoring, along with advanced command and control functionality.
Contact us today to get the smartest trailer tracking system working for you and your customers.