German trailer builder, Schmitz Cargobull, has been awarded the Trailer Innovation 2019 accolade for its SmartTrailer concept.
“This is a wonderful response to our vehicle concept,” said Schmitz Cargobull CEO, Andreas Schmitz, at the award ceremony at the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hanover.
“We consider this prize to be a confirmation of our industry expertise,” he said.
Schmitz Cargobull’s SmartTrailer concept is based on a new generation of the telematics hardware, which also includes extra optional sensor equipment.
According to the trailer builder, customers benefit from the concept's ability to link up all the relevant sensors and monitor the associated trailer components directly via the telematics system. Previously, each individual component was generally treated as a stand-alone unit, dependent on its own sensor and transmission elements.
Every component in Schmitz Cargobull’s SmartTrailer concept is directly linked to the telematics control unit (tyre pressure monitoring system, door sensors, door locking system or temperature recorder). The temperature recorder in the new TrailerConnect system is a digital temperature recorder certified in accordance with DIN EN 1283.
The TrailerConnect is equipped with a wireless local area network (LAN) module, and there is also an option to equip a printer for standard temperature logs.
“Following the motto 100 per cent SMART, Schmitz Cargobull will now be equipping all S.KO COOL reefer semi-trailers with a telematics system as standard,
said Schmitz Cargobull Telematics Managing Director, Marco Reichwein. The standard telematics equipment creates a strong foundation for optimum control over an interconnected, integrated logistics chain, thereby helping to boost efficiency and reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO).”
The jury for the prestigious awards comprised journalists from 16 specialist transport publications in Europe. The 'Trailer Innovation' platform focuses on interesting innovations from the world of trailers and trucks. It showcases a wide number of trailer innovations, no matter how big or small they may be. Now in their ninth year, the awards honour trailer manufacturers in a total of seven categories.