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Swing to make use of Orbcomm's trailer-tracking tech

Iain Morris
July 16, 2014
Logistics player Swing Transport says it will make use of trailer-tracking technology from satellite company Orbcomm to support its fleet of more than 1,000 dry van trailers.

Swing (Salisbury, NC, USA) specializes in the transportation of time-sensitive freight in the southeastern US, and says it will deploy Orbcomm’s (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) technology to monitor assets in real time and improve efficiency.

The satellite and M2M specialist will provide hardware as well as a web-based analytics platform to support wireless connectivity for Swing’s fleet management service.

The Orbcomm hardware is described as a “ruggedized, easy-to-install” device, making it ideal for tracking and monitoring trailers, and also comes with solar recharging technology, eliminating the need for frequent battery changes.

Orbcomm is also to provide Swing with a web application that includes data reporting and analytics capabilities.

“We look forward to working with Swing Transport and delivering a full system solution to help them drive fleet productivity and efficiency,” said Marc Eisenberg, Orbcomm’s chief executive. “We are focused on providing our customers with the best value and the most complete service offering to run their business smarter and achieve a full return on investment as quickly as possible.”

“We expect to see a significant impact on Swing Transport’s operations, which will continue to grow as we complete the deployment across their entire fleet,” he added.

Swing described Orbcomm’s telematics technology as the “best fit” for its tracking requirements, given the combination of solar technology, integrated power capability and data reporting features, and said it expected the fleet management system to have an immediate impact on its fleet performance.

“We are confident that Orbcomm’s solution will enable us to improve our tractor-to-trailer ratio, streamline operations and better manage our fleet through increased visibility and real-time trailer data where and when we need it,” said Dan Summitt, Swing’s president.

Orbcomm says it is currently deploying the telematics system on Swing’s trailers and expects to complete installation across the entire fleet by the end of the third quarter of 2014.
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