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Orbcomm launches cold chain monitor

Steve Rogerson
August 15, 2017



Orbcomm has launched the next generation of its cold chain monitoring system. The PT 6000, which is available as a 3G or LTE cellular or dual-mode satellite-cellular version, enables fuel and temperature management, maintenance, logistics and regulatory compliance for refrigerated transport assets.
 
As part of the New Jersey company’s telematics portfolio that includes sensors, connectivity and the CargoWatch application, the ruggedised PT 6000 enables complete visibility and control of cold chain operations to help ensure the integrity of temperature-controlled cargo as it moves along the supply chain.
 
A reefer management system provides the precise temperature monitoring capabilities and records needed for compliance with the FDA’s Food Safety Modernisation Act regulatory requirements. It can remotely set reefer temperature, change reefer state, initiate a defrost and more with two-way commands.
 
It can also receive real-time alarms when specific conditions are detected, such as an active reefer is turned off, cargo area temperature deviates from the set points or does not match values specified by the order, an asset enters or exits a geofence, and rapid fuel loss is detected.
 
The system is compatible with refrigerated units for seamless installation on the wall of a refrigerated trailer or inside a reefer cabinet. The device supports up to three temperature sensors to accommodate reefers with multiple zones and has a rechargeable battery that reports for up to ten days on a single charge when no vehicle power is available.
 
In addition, the device is fully integrated with third-party dispatch and in-cab software providers, including Innovative Computing, TMW Systems, McLeod Software, Add On Systems, PeopleNet, SSI and Prophesy.
 
“In refrigerated trucking, it is critical for fleet owners to be compliant with the FDA’s Food Safety Modernisation Act, and Orbcomm’s technology provides the end-to-end visibility and control to meet these regulatory requirements and ensure the highest level of service throughout the cold chain,” said Craig Malone, Orbcomm’s executive vice president of product development. “We continue to see a migration towards IoT technology as part of our transportation customers’ core strategies to reduce costs and add efficiencies, and we are pleased to be the provider of choice for some of the biggest names in the industry.”