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Texas Freight picks Orbcomm for fleet management

Steve Rogerson
September 3, 2019

Texas Freight Services, a dry van truckload carrier based in Houston, has selected Orbcomm to provide in-cab technology across its entire fleet of lorries. The technology provides wireless connectivity through hardware and an integrated cloud-based analytics platform and information management engine.
Texas Freight is using New Jersey-based Orbcomm’s in-cab technology to gain complete visibility, monitoring and management of its drivers and lorries. It delivers GPS fleet tracking and connects to the lorry’s Can bus to collect important data seamlessly from the engine, brake systems, fuel tanks and more, providing access to deep analytics and reporting via FleetManager, Orbcomm’s web platform.
By automating hours of service calculations, Orbcomm helps Texas Freight comply with the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) and FMCSA Hours of Service (HoS) regulations. It also helps Texas Freight improve driver safety by providing live, on-board driver performance scoring and correcting unsafe driving behaviour that leads to accidents, fines and higher insurance.
“We’re pleased to add a logistics leader like Texas Freight to our customer portfolio and enable them to gain further visibility into their operations, ensure ELD compliance and improve the overall driver experience with our best-in-class fleet management,” said Marc Eisenberg, chief executive officer of Orbcomm. “Orbcomm’s platform not only offers Texas Freight a flexible and reliable platform for the long term, but also delivers the immediate RoI they were looking for with a fleet-wide deployment.”
By leveraging the platform, Texas Freight can decrease operating and maintenance costs and improve productivity through real-time asset management, reduced risk of fuel loss and preventive maintenance.
In addition, Texas Freight is using an integration that links FleetManager data from its truck assets to the McLeod Software transportation management system and workflow application, enhancing productivity, communications and customer service.
Texas Freight is also incorporating Orbcomm’s scanning application into its operations, which allows drivers to submit proof of delivery paperwork electronically, speeding up the billing process and improving cash flow.
“Orbcomm’s in-cab solution stood out among other products on the market for its future-proofed architecture, easy installation, user-friendly driver training and support, as well as the unique features in development,” said Doug Fry, director of safety and compliance for Texas Freight Services. “Since we deployed the solution, we’ve already benefited from significant savings in manpower and gained efficiencies from the automated end-to-end workflow, which provides a comprehensive view of our performance and productivity. With Orbcomm’s platform, we’re just two clicks away from accessing whatever data we need.”