Heavy Duty Trucking

SEP 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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t 108 HDT • SEPTEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com Trailer tracking technology has been around a number of years, with a growing number of refrigerated and other food-related carriers deploy- ing the technologies. But upcoming federal regulations will make it even more important. "Trailer tracking was used as a 'throw-in,' but now if you aren't track- Jim Beach • Technology Editor New regulations will make tracking technology even more prevalent Trailers Trailer tracking and food safety ing trailers, you are behind the curve," says Chris MacDonald, vice president sales, StarTrak business for Orbcomm. MacDonald estimates that up to 80% of the top 100 fleets use trailer-track- ing technologies. "The ROI comes from having the ability to effectively manage your trailer community in a more cost-effective way." For refrigerated carriers, industry estimates say that about a third of all refrigerated units on the road use some type of telematics, says Mark Fragnito, product manager, telemat- ics, for Carrier Transicold. "The number of refrigerated fleets that use telematics systems has been steadily growing."

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