Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Blackberry expands asset-tracking line

Steve Rogerson
April 2, 2019



At last month’s American Trucking Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Blackberry launched Radar H2, an intelligent, data-driven asset monitoring device that can help automate operations, improve use of trailers, containers, chassis and other remote assets, and ensure assets are safe and secure.
 
This expands on the core capabilities of Radar-M to provide enhanced coverage and connectivity to the latest 4G LTE cellular networks, as well as a wireless gateway that can connect to wireless sensors, such as cargo sensors, tyre pressure monitoring systems, brake sensors and weigh-in-motion devices.
 
Additionally, when mounted on a chassis, Radar H2 can detect whether a container is either on or off with no additional wires or external sensors.
 
"For the intermodal and trucking industries, timely and accurate information on asset location, performance and utilisation improvement has never been more important," said Christopher Plaat, senior vice president at Blackberry. "Blackberry Radar H2 will deliver what our solution has long been known for – data you can trust, ten-minute installation, long-lasting battery life, low maintenance and the scalability that fleet owners need as business needs change."
 
Radar H2 is said to collect up to 100 times more data than conventional GPS-based track and trace products, and provides this information in near real time through an intuitive online dashboard. Its high-capacity built-in lithium thionyl chloride battery is said to provide three times the energy density of other industry deployed power sources, and operates in temperatures from -40 to +85˚C. No installation training is needed, and devices begin tracking without calibration.