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Covenant picks ORBCOMM for Cold Chain Telematics

William Payne
January 5, 2017



US truckload provider Covenant Transportation Group (CTG) has selected M2M and IoT specialist ORBCOMM to provide a cold chain telematics solution to track, monitor and control its fleet of refrigerated trailers at Covenant Transport and Southern Refrigerated Transport. ORBCOMM will provide cellular connectivity, state-of-the-art hardware, wireless fuel and door sensors, along with a web-based reporting platform for optimal fleet management.

CTG will begin installing the ORBCOMM solution immediately and expects to complete full fleet deployment by the end of 2017.

Chattanooga based CTG will use ORBCOMM’s cold chain telematics solution to provide temperature, fuel management and maintenance data for its refrigerated trailer fleet. 

Using ORBCOMM’s solution, CTG will integrate the data with its proprietary back-office platform for improved temperature compliance and asset utilisation. 

ORBCOMM’s solution integrates with TMW Systems’ TMWSuite transportation management platform. The TMWSuite two-way interface enables CTG to capture near real-time trailer data, including operational condition and GPS position, through one system.

“We are pleased to have been chosen by CTG to launch their cold chain telematics initiative, which further demonstrates that ORBCOMM is the solution provider of choice in the transportation market,” said Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM’s Chief Executive Officer. “ORBCOMM’s cold chain monitoring solution provides full asset visibility and control to protect refrigerated cargo and maximise utilisation, which will help CTG enable temperature management and improve the efficiency of their cold chain operations.”

“Partnering with a technology leader like ORBCOMM ensures that we are getting a best-in-class telematics solution backed by superior customer support to manage and control our U.S.-based reefer trailer operations,” said Doug Schrier, CTG’s Vice President of Continuous Improvement and Program Management. “By improving asset visibility and enabling full temperature compliance according to the FDA’s Food Safety Modernisation Act regulations, we can provide our customers with a higher level of service and peace of mind that their perishable cargo will move along the chain safely and efficiently.”