How Smart is Your Smart Trailer Solution?

Using smart technology to improve trailer utilization for enhanced accuracy and profitability.

Smart trailer solutions have become increasingly popular in recent years, as fleet operators look for ways to improve efficiency, safety, and compliance in their transportation operations. However, some fleet managers may hesitate to invest in these solutions, citing concerns about the cost and complexity of implementing them. In this blog, we will explore whether a smart trailer solution is truly a “smart” investment.

First, it is important to understand what a smart trailer solution is and how it works. These solutions typically include a variety of sensors, communication technologies, and computing systems that collect and analyze data about the trailer and the cargo it carries. This data can include information about the trailer’s location, cargo’s refrigerated environment, load, and  insights into the health of the tires, wheels, and brakes.

The value of this data lies in the insights it can provide to fleet managers and logistics companies. By analyzing this data, operators can identify opportunities to optimize their operations, reduce costs, and improve the safety and security of their transportation operations.

However, the cost and complexity of implementing a traditional smart trailer solution can be a barrier to adoption for some companies. Depending on the specific solution, it may require significant investment in hardware, software, and other infrastructure. It may also require significant time and effort to install and integrate with existing systems.

The advent of Bluetooth sensors along with low-cost, solar GPS gateways, has significantly improved the costs and minimized installation complexity in smart trailer applications. These sensors and gateways are relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and can be used to monitor various aspects of the trailer and its cargo.

Here are some of the ways in which Bluetooth sensors and new gateways have made smart trailers “smarter”:

Reduced Hardware Costs: Bluetooth sensors, when combined with new low-cost solar communication gateways, can collect and transmit data in real-time at a fraction of the cost of more traditional solutions. 

Cargo monitoring: Bluetooth sensors can be installed in a fraction of the time of traditional wired sensors.  Using industrial adhesive tape anyone can easily install temperature and humidity sensors inside the trailer to ensure that perishable or sensitive cargo remains in optimal condition throughout the journey.

Security: Bluetooth sensors can be used to detect when a trailer door has been opened or when cargo has been tampered with. This can help prevent theft or other security breaches.

Health Status: Bluetooth sensors can be used to monitor the health of the trailer’s components, such as the tires, brakes, wheel hubs, and even axle loads. By detecting issues early, drivers and fleet managers can address maintenance issues immediately before they become more serious and expensive.

Scalability: Bluetooth sensors also provide a scalable solution for smart trailer applications. Fleet managers can start with a small number of sensors and gradually add more as needed. This allows companies to implement a smart trailer solution that fits their specific needs and budget.

Overall, Bluetooth sensors and solar gateways have upped the game for smart trailers by significantly improving costs and minimizing installation complexity in smart trailer applications. While traditional methods of smart trailer tracking can be costly and hard to install, don’t let that alone keep you from exploring a more agile and cost effective approach.

Interested in learning more? Contact Pedigree Technologies to discuss your needs and we’ll determine if our truly “smart” trailer tracking solution is right for you.