US transport company Schneider National – one of the nation’s largest truckload, logistics and intermodal providers – has announced that it is installing new tracking technology across its fleet of van trailers and intermodal containers.
The new technology is supposed to provide Schneider and its clientele with continuous, real-time information regarding the location and load status of each trailer and container, while adding new supply chain efficiencies.
According to Schneider, the installation includes an upgrade to the trailer-tracking technology currently installed on the company’s ‘Van Truckload’ and ‘Dedicated’ fleets, as well as the first-time installation within the Intermodal container fleet.
Reportedly, Schneider is installing Qualcomm Enterprise Services’ Trailer Tracks 210 (TT210) technology on more than 44,000 intermodal containers and van trailers.
“Unlike trailers, intermodal containers are not tethered to a tractor for significant periods of time during the rail portion of a move, making it difficult to power a tracking device. [The] new technology uses solar and cellular power, opening the door for intermodal container tracking and load sensing for the first time,” said Jim Filter, Senior Vice President, Intermodal Commercial Management for Schneider National.
“Having this crucial information at our fingertips allows us to respond to customers’ needs quicker and more efficiently than ever before,” he explained. “This investment, along with consistent rail improvements and our asset-based service, is creating an even more ‘truck-like’ experience for Schneider Intermodal’s customers.”
Dave Geyer, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Van Truckload, Schneider National, added: “The new technology gives us the ability to better manage our trailing units, providing faster response time to customers and minimizing the amount of time, fuel, and wear and tear on equipment when having to locate a trailer.”