Standard telematics on reefer units

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Carrier Transicold is now making telematics a standard feature on its most popular trailer refrigeration units. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier Global Corporation.

“Each year since its introduction, our telematics solution has been helping a rapidly increasing number of refrigerated fleets manage and monitor mission-critical data from their trailer assets,” said David Brondum, director of telematics, Carrier Transicold.

“By offering telematics as standard for our X4™ series and Vector 8000 series trailer and rail refrigeration units, it is easier than ever for customers in the United States and Canada to benefit from this IoT solution.”

The web-based interface provides continuous visibility of cold chain assets, showing trailer temperatures, location and movement. The platform can also enable remote control of refrigeration unit settings.

Connected fleets can improve operations by optimizing refrigeration equipment usage, achieving greater efficiency and helping to manage refrigeration unit maintenance.

Depending on configuration and service plan, customer benefits include:

  • Trailer temperature monitoring and control for compliance and accountability.
  • Automatic notifications as trailers arrive and depart from geo-fenced areas.
  • Real-time alerts if a warning condition occurs on a unit in service.
  • Refrigeration unit performance monitoring for fuel efficiency and product protection.
  • Labour-saving wireless data transfer for remote setpoint management, pre-trip diagnostic routines, hands-free trailer pre-cooling and more.
  • Fuel level monitoring, helping to avoid low-fuel incidents requiring emergency callout service.
  • Door switch monitoring to track deliveries and identify potential theft situations.
  • Improved refrigeration unit uptime made possible by continuous analytic and diagnostic information about refrigeration units.

For fleets to take advantage of their built-in telematics systems, commissioning by an authorized Carrier Transicold dealer is required along with selection of a data plan. Three plans are available: 1) Monitor, 2) Two-way Monitor and Control and 3) Monitor and Enhanced Control, adding exclusive capabilities for data downloads, remote software updates and adjustments to Carrier Transicold IntelliSet control configurations.

Standard hardware includes the 4G LTE communications module, antenna and wiring harness. Optional peripheral components such as fuel sensors, temperature probes, door switches and solar panels can be specified as needed. Customers who take advantage of Carrier Transicold’s telematics system will benefit from value-added data insights that come from future releases of the company’s Lynx Fleet application.