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Orbcomm and AOS integrate fleet tracking and trailer monitoring

Steve Rogerson
November 19, 2015
M2M and IoT provider Orbcomm has integrated its fleet tracking and monitoring system with the TMMi trailer monitoring and management system from Add On Systems (AOS), an Oklahoma-based provider of real-time interfaces and applications for truckload carriers,
New Jersey-based Orbcomm's platform integrates closely with AOS's dispatch software to provide trucking companies across North America with the ability to capture near real-time trailer data for both refrigerated and dry transport assets through one system.
"Through Orbcomm's collaboration with Add On Systems, we can provide trucking companies with end-to-end traceability of their trailers and the cargo they carry, so they can be more efficient, responsive and compliant with maintaining food safety and quality standards," said Christian Allred, senior vice president at Orbcomm. "This comprehensive platform gives our customers the flexibility they need to manage both their dry and refrigerated trailers using one system with two-way command and control over their entire fleet."
Leveraging Orbcomm's GT 1100 dry van trailer tracking and RT 6000+ cold-chain monitoring systems, users will have access to trailer data, including temperature, mileage, fuel levels, operational condition, alarm events and GPS position. Orbcomm claims to be the only company to offer two-way communications integration with the AOS platform, providing command and control over assets, including the ability to turn the reefer on and off, set temperatures, control reefer profile settings, switch between continuous and start-stop modes and clear reefer alarms remotely.
The interface should enable AOS's customers to improve the efficiency of their business operations, optimise trailer use and management, increase customer satisfaction, and reduce temperature-related cargo losses.
"Orbcomm's two-way integration with TMMi connects our customers to a powerful trailer monitoring and management system that streamlines the process of tracking their assets' location, usage, history and status," said Kevin Campbell, vice president of Add On Systems. "The system's robust event capturing and reporting technologies ensure that the carrier's operations team has the insight they need to reduce tractor-to-trailer ratios, more efficiently manage trailer pools, maintain the integrity and security of a customer's freight, and provide accurate detention times."
Andy Morris, vice president at KLLM Transport Services, added: "The Orbcomm interface with TMMi speeds the delivery of critical data, alarms and alerts from our trailers to our driver support staff so we can quickly take action if needed to provide the highest level of service and dependability to our customers. All of our customers' shipments are temperature and/or time-sensitive, which makes it extremely important to have real-time information about our fleet where and when we need it, which in turn helps KLLM optimise trailer utilisation and lower operating costs."
Add On Systems has been a developer of add-on software for almost 23 years for truckload carriers who operate an iSeries transportation management system. AOS started by developing vendor interfaces to the iSeries TMS and modifying and supporting custom enhancements. Today, it provides dozens of add-on modules that enhance a carrier's TMS operational efficiency and profitability. Over half of the top 100 truckload carriers use an AOS software module.