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Orbcomm launches refrigerated container monitor

Steve Rogerson
November 13, 2018

Orbcomm has launched a remote monitor and controller for refrigerated containers travelling by land, rail or sea to give uninterrupted visibility of operations, improved efficiency and reduced costs.
The New Jersey firm’s CT 3000 series provides wireless connectivity through its rugged hardware and a cloud-based analytics platform and information management engine for asset management and utilisation.
The series supports built-in and external sensors, cellular connectivity and wireless technologies to deliver actionable data on asset location, status, performance, cargo area temperature and more.
There are two variants – the CT 3100 can be temporarily installed to monitor assets for a specific duration while on a trip, aboard a vessel or at a terminal, while the CT 3000 is permanently installed on an asset for continuous tracking.
This container monitor connects directly to the reefer to enable real-time alerts and two-way control, allowing operators to react quickly to discrepancies and remotely adjust temperature and humidity levels to ensure temperature compliance and reduce spoilage, thereby lowering insurance claims.
By leveraging data logs to allocate assets efficiently, operators can also eliminate unnecessary moves, improve turn times and streamline delivery and routes. In addition, the refrigerated container product series automates pre-trip inspections to facilitate quicker turn times, lower operational expenses and reduce safety risks to personnel.
“Orbcomm continues to lead the industrial IoT in innovation, as we remain committed to developing new feature-rich, cost-effective products that meet the changing demands of our markets,” said Craig Malone, Orbcomm’s executive vice president of product development. “Orbcomm’s new refrigerated container product series utilises our best-in-class IoT technology to enable intermodal operators to maximise asset utilisation and lower operating costs, while providing the highest value and service to customers.”