Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Wayne Smith Trucking picks Orbcomm for trailer monitoring

Steve Rogerson
January 3, 2018

Arkansas-based Wayne Smith Trucking is to provide a logistics tracking and monitoring service for its trailer fleet using wireless connectivity from Orbcomm.
The New Jersey company will provide wireless connectivity through its proprietary hardware and a web-based reporting platform for fleet management.
A large transportation company based in Morrilton, Wayne Smith Trucking specialises in hauling paper products and dry goods for its customers throughout the lower 48 states. It is using Orbcomm’s end-to-end telematics system, which is self-powered with solar recharging technology and does not require external power, to track and monitor its dry van trailers while en route or in terminals.
“Wayne Smith Trucking is a great customer win for our transportation business, demonstrating the increasing demand for our solar-powered trailer tracking and monitoring among leaders in the dry van market,” said Marc Eisenberg, Orbcomm’s chief executive officer. “Orbcomm enables Wayne Smith Trucking to reduce dwell times and improve their tractor-to-trailer ratio to ensure maximum trailer utilisation and a strong return on their investment in our advanced IoT technology.”
The device’s rugged, sealed and waterproof solar panel provides continuous power to rechargeable batteries, offering reliable service without maintenance or battery changes for the typical life of the asset. The complete system can be installed in less than ten minutes.
It includes a web application with data reporting and analytics capabilities to increase visibility and security of the trailers while reducing dwell time, maintenance costs and unauthorised use. By knowing the precise trailer count at each location at all times, Wayne Smith can improve asset use and operational efficiency by saving its drivers’ time and fuel looking for empty trailers.
The telematics system also integrates with the McLeod LoadMaster dispatch software platform, enabling Wayne Smith to capture asset data every 15 minutes, including operational condition, start-stop reports, scheduled maintenance, GPS position and geofencing.
“The low-profile and quick and easy installation of Orbcomm’s telematics were key differentiators in our decision to move forward, and we are extremely pleased with the seamless deployment and our ability to power up the units remotely through Orbcomm’s mobile application,” said Neil Corder, president of Wayne Smith Trucking. “We are already seeing significant benefits in many areas of our business by using Orbcomm, which has enabled us to take the guesswork out of our trailer count at each location and always know exactly where our trailers are and how and when they are being utilised.”
Wayne Smith expects to complete deployment of the system in the first quarter of 2018.