Spireon, Inc.,which provides Mobile Resource Management (MRM) and trailer-tracking solutions, has announced the next generation of its FleetLocate Trailer Asset and Intelligence solution. According to the company, the system includes new hardware, software, service and a web portal “to access rich business intelligence.”

“We are very excited about the launch of our comprehensive new FleetLocate trailer tracking solution, which includes a wide range of powerful new features and functionality specifically designed for the trucking industry,” said Spireon’s vice president of product marketing Roni Taylor. “We’ve been listening carefully to what our trucking customers have been asking for in a trailer tracking and management solution, and are confident that the new FleetLocate system responds directly to those needs.”

Taylor said that FleetLocate features “a number of game-changing enhancements designed to meet the trucking industry’s trailer management challenges.” These include a completely new graphical user interface that’s easier to navigate and understand and has simple and intuitive workflows for increased productivity and efficiencies. It also provides instant single-screen views of trailer intelligence.

The new FleetLocate solution is integrated with TMW Systems’ TMWSuite and TMT Fleet Maintenance Solutions. This seamless integration allows carriers and fleet managers to capture and leverage more detailed information on their trailers’ locations, capacity and operations to improve utilization and compliance, noted Spireon.

The TMWSuite integration captures GPS position information from the trailer, whether tethered or not, for visibility to all trailers to support dispatch operations. “Access to this information will improve trailer utilization and turns per trailer by allowing dispatchers to make sure they right trailer is at the right place at the right time,” the company pointed out.

The TMT Fleet Maintenance integration, which captures GPS position information and mileage, provides automatic scheduling of preventive maintenance work based on actual miles traveled and automatically alerts the maintenance department when a trailer requiring repairs or maintenance enters the yard. Spireon pointed out that this automation will save the maintenance department countless man-hours while extending the working life of assets and reducing maintenance-related costs.

“Members of the trucking industry have told us they need access to better information about their trailer fleets,” remakred Taylor. “The new FleetLocate solution arms fleet managers with an unprecedented level of rich, real-time data so that they can make smarter, faster, more profitable business decisions.”

According to Taylor, this rich data comes in  large part from a complete suite of new sensors included in the solution that capture a level of information far beyond the abilities of competing trailer tracking solutions. With the new FleetLocate, fleet operators and dispatchers will be able to see which trailers are not in transit, and therefore not earning revenue. Operators and dispatchers will also receive alerts when a trailer is empty and ready to be used, increasing productivity and turns per trailer.

Additional advancements include built-in, state-of-the-art CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) cellular technology. The new FleetLocate leverages this technology to deliver high reliability, cost efficiencies, and increased capacity when it comes to tracking fleet activity and trailer locations even in rural areas where coverage is sporadic.

“A more intuitive experience, richer level of fleet intelligence, more robust trailer tracking, higher performance and reliability — the new FleetLocate Trailer Asset and Intelligence Solution delivers it all,” added Taylor.