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Blackberry and Trimble port asset monitoring to TMS

Steve Rogerson
February 11, 2020



Blackberry and Trimble have partnered to enable asset-monitoring capabilities in transportation management by integrating Blackberry Radar into Trimble's TMW Suite and TruckMate transportation management system (TMS) products.
 
The combined offering is available for commercial carriers, dedicated fleets, private fleets, brokers and 3PLs using TMW Suite or TruckMate software.
 
Blackberry Radar is an easy-to-install asset-monitoring product for trailers, chassis and containers that provides information data around use, location, motion, mileage, door open and close status, and cargo capacity use through an online dashboard. Data are transmitted and stored securely on a cloud platform designed to maintain the privacy of user information.
 
TMW Suite and TruckMate provide visibility into order-entry, load-booking, dispatch and driver settlement, detention and service failures, as well as other processes so business owners can manage their fleets based on data-driven intelligence.
 
Through the integration, fleet owners will be able to receive data on their trailers, chassis or containers' location, route, door status and cargo load state integrated within the TMW Suite or TruckMate TMS software.
 
"The integration of our TMW Suite and TruckMate with Blackberry Radar provides a seamless experience for drivers, dispatchers and fleet managers alike," said Jay Delaney, senior director for Trimble Transportation. "With Blackberry Radar, fleet managers can achieve unparalleled visibility into their cargo assets from a single dashboard that they can use to unlock excess shipping capacity and improve profitability."
 
Each Blackberry Radar device offers an easy install, giving business owners virtually instantaneous access to a secure cloud-based dashboard. It includes everything necessary to start tracking mobile assets immediately including the device, cellular connectivity, dashboards, mapping and hosted cloud services.
 
"Blackberry Radar offers fleet operators unique benefits to help them manage their operations more effectively, reduce costs and offer customers more value," said Christopher Plaat, senior vice president of Blackberry Radar. "We're thrilled to extend these benefits to Trimble's TMS customers. Accessing the critical information and insights that Blackberry Radar is able to provide, from right inside Trimble's solutions, will no doubt lead to significant technological efficiencies for the countless employees at freight brokerages, 3PLs, shippers and fleets who rely on these systems for their day-to-day operations."
 
Trimble Transportation is multi-modal and provides products for the long-haul trucking, field service management, rail and construction logistics industries to create an integrated supply chain. In trucking, Trimble provides enterprise and mobility products focused on business intelligence and data analytics; safety and regulatory compliance; navigation and routing; freight brokerage; supply chain visibility and final kilometre; transportation management; and fleet maintenance.
 
Once a mobile phone giant, Canadian firm Blackberry these days specialises in safety, cyber security and data privacy, and works in key areas such as artificial intelligence, endpoint security and management, encryption, and embedded systems.