Terion adds cargo sensor

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Terion’s Cargo Sensor uses high-frequency sound waves to determine an empty or non-empty trailer environment.

Terion announced the availability of its Cargo Sensor, a device to detect the presence of cargo in trailers. The Cargo Sensor works with Terion’s cellular-based FleetView trailer monitoring system to tell users when a trailer is empty and available for assignment without conducting physical inspections.

The new product, a single component installed in the front wall of the trailer, uses ultrasonic high-frequency sound waves to determine an empty or not-empty environment. Terion worked closely with customers such as J.B. Hunt Transport Services, to develop a single device with a high degree of accuracy over diverse environmental conditions, says Ed Mushill, Terion’s director of sales and marketing. Other cargo-sensing devices in the market require multiple installations to “see” the entire length of the trailer and are difficult to install and maintain, he says. The Terion sensor is adaptable to different trailer lengths and different interior surfaces such as plywood or metal plates.

Verifying claims for detention and storage is one of the paybacks of using the optional Cargo Sensor with the FleetView trailer-monitoring system, the company says.