Spireon, providers of the FleetLocate Asset & Trailer Intelligence solution, is adding an automated detention optimization system to the software.

The detention optimization module features flexible reports that enable trucking companies to see instantly where their trailers are located, how long those trailers have been detained at specific locations, whether the trailers are empty or loaded, which customer locations have exceeded their detention grace periods, as well as daily views of billable detention hours, Spireon said.

Trucking companies have the option to run reports filtered by dwell (inactive) time at landmarks (customer locations), or by user-defined grace periods set up for each customer.

“Detention time costs the trucking industry more than $3 billion annually in lost time and productivity,” said Marc Brungger, CEO. “It’s also costing drivers lost revenue, forcing them to waste hours at customer locations instead of on the road. When we noticed that our trucking customers were seeing improvements in their detention optimization as a result of implementing FleetLocate, we decided to develop a detention optimization module that provides specific reports and alerts that deliver increased visibility and intelligence surrounding detained trailers, cargo and drivers.”

The module also allows trucking companies to receive alerts when a customer location exceeds its grace period as well as share these alerts with customers. This enables customers to see which of their locations are incurring detention billing so they can address and modify the behavior.

“The benefits of our Detention Optimization Module extend beyond more efficient and accurate detention billing,” said Roni Taylor, vice president of product optimization. “With increased visibility into detention, trucking companies will be able to motivate customers to unload their trailers first, reward customers who remain under their grace periods with more favorable rates, negotiate more favorable contracts, avoid billing conflicts with verifiable detention data, maximize trailer pools, and get their trailers and drivers back on the road faster.”