Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Christenson adopts Orbcomm for logistics and telematics

Steve Rogerson
February 28, 2017
Missouri-based truckload carrier Christenson Transportation is upgrading its trailer fleet with wireless connectivity through a proprietary hardware and a web-based reporting platform from satellite networking company Orbcomm.
This will provide logistics tracking and fleet management for Christenson, which specialises in hauling high-value, high-risk and time-sensitive freight including tyres, pet food, paper, electronics and other general commodities for customers across North America.
Christenson is using New Jersey-based Orbcomm’s end-to-end telematics system, which is self-powered with solar recharging technology and does not require external power, to track and monitor its dry van trailers located at multiple locations. The device’s ruggedised, sealed and waterproof solar panel provides continuous power to rechargeable batteries, offering reliable service without maintenance or battery changes for the typical life of the asset. The complete system is said to install easily in less than 15 minutes, enabling Christenson to reduce its installation resources and costs by more than 60 per cent.
“Orbcomm ensures that Christenson can continue to manage their growing trailer fleet across multiple locations and maintain the highest levels of quality transport, security and service for their customers and their high-value assets,” said Marc Eisenberg, Orbcomm’s chief executive officer. “We’re able to give Christenson full visibility into their supply chain to increase asset utilisation, turn times and driver productivity.”
The system includes a web application with data reporting and analytics capabilities to increase visibility and security of dry van trailers, whether they are en route or unhooked sitting in a yard. The telematics also integrates with the McLeod LoadMaster dispatch software platform, enabling Christenson to capture near-real-time asset data every 15 minutes, including operational condition, start-stop reports, scheduled maintenance and GPS position, through one system.
“Orbcomm is a great partner, and their dry van solution has exceeded our expectations, from the ease of installation to the seamless integration with McLeod to the efficiencies we’re achieving across the business,” said Don Christenson, president and CEO of Christenson Transportation. “By utilising the Orbcomm system, we no longer waste our drivers’ time and fuel looking for lost trailers, picking up the wrong trailer or unexpectedly having trailers out of service, which is a tremendous value-add for our company.”
Christenson expects to complete deployment of the system in the second quarter of 2017.