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SkyBitz provides intermodal chassis tracking

Steve Rogerson
March 2, 2016
Commercial telematics company SkyBitz has introduced an intermodal chassis tracking and container detection system. The Falcon GXT3100i is designed to provide a complete picture of a chassis’ location and whether a container is loaded on it or not via the company’s container detection sensor.
The system provides intermodal operators with visibility of their assets’ entire chain of events, from the arrival and departure from customer sites to all events occurring in between. All this real-time data allow them to improve on-time deliveries and reduce delays and turn-cycle times. These increased operational efficiencies can equate to cost savings and increased profits.
The product is said to offer a quick RoI through its high-impact capabilities for intermodal chassis providers and carriers that enable:

  • Improved asset turn ratios and reduced outbound loaded idle time;
  • Views of accurate cargo arrival and unload times;
  • Increased existing asset use, which helps reduce rental fees for additional chassis;
  • Accurate detention management supported with valid data to enforce detention billing; and
  • Total asset visibility through accurate real-time arrival and departure data and reports while the chassis is not only at an intermodal facility, but also while in-motion.
“We are excited to be able to provide our customers with a new level of intelligence on their intermodal operations,” said Henry Popplewell, president of Virginia-based SkyBitz. “Not only will chassis providers receive door-to-door visibility on the location of their equipment, they’ll also gain insight into whether a container is loaded or unloaded on the chassis. The actionable information from this allows intermodal businesses to gain better utilisation, avoid misuse and increase their customers’ satisfaction by improving on-time delivery. All of this adds up to cost savings and an improved bottom line.”
The Falcon GXT3100i has an all-in-one configuration that is designed for chassis and features ease of installation, maintenance and operation. It consists of a proprietary mounting bracket for chassis that holds the rugged GXT3100 cellular tracking device and the container detection sensor, which uses ultrasonic technology to report that a chassis has a container loaded on it.
Device design, low cost and low power consumption make it suitable for the intermodal industry. Managers can programme reporting requirements with the device to have it shut it off for periods of time and geographic zones, such as when the asset is on rail, to save even more power and unnecessary reporting.