Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Blackberry uses near real-time data to help trucking companies

Steve Rogerson
June 19, 2018

Blackberry is helping trucking companies improve operations, increase safety and better manage the total cost of risk following a partnership with DMC Insurance, a provider of commercial transportation insurance.
As part of this agreement, the companies will develop insurance-based products and services using near real-time data from Blackberry Radar, such as vehicle location, route and mileage, temperature, humidity, door status, and cargo load state.
“The DMC management team averages over 30 years of experience in providing insurance for the transportation industry,” said Joe DeVito, CEO of DMC. “As a leader in this space, we strive to design products which take advantage of the latest technology for the benefit of our customers. BlackBerry Radar is exactly what we were looking for.”
Blackberry Radar is data driven, installs in minutes and provides near real-time information on an intuitive online dashboard. It is said to collect up to a hundred times more data than conventional GPS-based track-and-trace products, and uses this information to build a 360-degree visualisation of a user’s assets to ensure safety, security and regulatory compliance. All data are stored securely to maintain the privacy of user information at all times.
“Our partnership with DMC reinforces the value Blackberry Radar brings to the transportation market,” said Sandeep Chennakeshu, president of Blackberry Technology. “By being able to access valuable, near real-time information, motor carriers can optimise their costs of risk and improve their return on investment. This is another great example of how Blackberry Radar provides a solution to a real need in the transportation market.”
Former mobile phone giant Blackberry is an enterprise software and services company focused on securing and managing IoT endpoints. The company does this with Blackberry Secure, an end-to-end enterprise-of-things platform, comprised of its enterprise communications and collaboration software and safety-certified embedded products.
Based in Waterloo, Ontario, Blackberry was founded in 1984 and operates in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa.
Indiana-based DMC Insurance provides expertise in transportation insurance to fleet trucking and public transportation entities. DMC is part of Fairfax Financial Holdings and serves as the transportation programme manager for marketing, underwriting and claims management for Crum & Forster.