Quality Distribution inspires new Skybitz trailer-tracking solution

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To offer trucking companies a new type of trailer tracking with arrival and departure notification for more effective trailer utilization, SkyBitz announces Smart Sensor Tracking, designed to provide fleet managers with essential trailer and load arrival and departure information. SkyBitz says it developed the product to meet the specific requirements of Quality Distribution, the largest tanker fleet in the United States.

“As a core carrier for many of the Fortune 500 companies engaged in chemical production and processing, the arrival and departure times of our customers’ loads is critical to their business and ours,” says Siamak Azmoudeh, chief information officer of Quality Distribution. “We compared SkyBitz to many other tracking providers, and they were the only company that was able to take our requirements and develop a product that gives us trailer location reports when we need them.”

The Smart Sensor Tracking system uses SkyBitz’s patent-pending, motion-based Smart Sensor to optimize trailer utilization, improve reporting and maximize security. Skybitz says fleet managers now can see the date- and time-stamped location of a trailer from departure to arrival with the ability to automatically filter out nonessential starts and stops, such as traffic lights and fuel stops.

“Each one of our customers has different trailer tracking and reporting needs,” says Roni Taylor, executive vice president of Sterling, Va.-based SkyBitz. “From small- to large-sized fleets, dry-van and bulk carriers, we work with each of them to provide the products necessary to help them better manage their fleets.”

The Smart Sensor triggers different reporting configurations and adapts to trailers’ specific vibration patterns while moving or stopped for higher levels of security to protect valuable loads, according to Skybitz; by creating a virtual fence around customer locations, depots or yards, the Smart Sensor Tracking system features SkyFencing, which sends e-mail alerts once a trailer has arrived or departed. In addition, the Smart Sensor is designed to extend the battery life of the mobile terminal up to eight years.

“Since we equipped our signature GLS 200 with Smart Sensor Tracking earlier this year, we’ve seen an increase in the adoption rate for our systems,” says Rick Burtner, CEO of SkyBitz. “By continuing to listen to our customers’ concerns and then introducing innovative products that meet their challenges, SkyBitz has earned a reputation as the strategic solutions partner in the asset tracking marketplace. We now count 290 fleets with 100,000 trailers tracked among our customer ranks.”