TMC: Great Dane presents new telematics concept

From the March 2017 issue.

US OEM, Great Dane, has unveiled a new telematics concept at this year’s TMC Transportation Technology Exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee.

The new telematics device is meant to keep both drivers and fleet managers informed about basic pre-trip inspection checks and alert notifications while on the road.

The data monitored includes tyre inflation, weight distribution, door sensors, lights, GPS location and more, all which can be received through an on-board LCD display, a Bluetooth connection with a mobile app and desktop computer software.

Dennis Skaradzinski, Chief Engineer for Great Dane, said he was excited to launch the new concept at the event, even though it was still in beta phase.

“Prototypes are currently being tested with multiple fleet customers. The results of the testing will help Great Dane develop a final product that truly meets our customers’ needs.”

Skaradzinski revealed the telematics device was the result of an action item developed by the Future Trailer Committee, which was chaired by Great Dane representatives at the TMC exhibition back in 2011.

The task was to develop an automated pre-trip inspection device to assist drivers with quicker turnaround at trailer pickup. This action item was part of a five-year plan set forth by the committee, with Great Dane delivering in time for the 2017 edition of the event.

Great Dane also used the show to launch a new rear impact device that will become standard on all Great Dane model trailers beginning later this year.

“This new rear impact guard was designed to make it stronger without changing the traditional bolt-on design,” said Chris Lee, Vice President of Engineering. “It was important for us to include this design as a standard on all of our trailer product lines – reefers, dry vans and flatbeds.”

Also on show were the company’s new PunctureGuard and ThermoGuard linings, which have been anhanced by adding broad-spectrum antimicrobial protection to the lining material, which is said to help fight bacteria growth, stains and odors for the entire life of the trailer. Great Dane claimed to be the first trailer manufacturer to introduce antimicrobial protection in trailer linings.

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