StarTrak’s ReeferTrak now has dual mode cellular/satellite capability

StarTrak Systems, a provider of transport refrigeration wireless monitoring and control systems, introduced today, Dec. 4, the ReeferTrak RT6000 wireless monitoring and control system with dual mode communications. The company says the unit combines the high data rates and low communications charges of cellular with the coverage of a satellite network at a cost-effective price point.

Available for all Carrier Transicold and Thermo King transport refrigeration unit models, more than 2,000 RT6000 units currently in the field have gone through extensive testing to ensure product integrity and system reliability, StarTrak says; units currently are deployed in multiple countries on three continents.

“Making sure this product does all we say it can is our top priority,” says Tom Robinson, executive vice president of Morris Plains, N.J.-based StarTrak. “These units have been tested in the field on rail cars, containers, trucks and trailers operated by grocery fleets and intermodal companies. In those operations, the system’s high degree of reliability was proven, along with its ability to integrate with all major transportation enterprise management systems to optimize utilization and lower costs in real-world applications.”

Standard capabilities of the dual mode (satellite/cellular) RT6000, according to the company, include:

  • High-bandwidth cellular coupled with ubiquitous satellite network communications;
  • Aggressive price point;
  • Tracking using a GPS accuracy enhancement protocol that allows for accuracy to the dock door;
  • Refrigeration unit monitoring of all alarms, operational status and battery condition;
  • Two-way remote configuration of single- and multi-temperature multizone trailers, including Override Power Control (patented), allowing the reefer to be turned on and off remotely, and precooling automatic scheduling capability;
  • Over-the-air programming, eliminating the need for downtime to upgrade applications;
  • Tractor Identification and Tractor Connection States (patent pending);
  • Trip status updates, including moving/stationary, loaded/empty and precooling notification;
  • Fuel monitoring capability that detects fuel use, rapid fuel loss, refuel events and tracking for accurate assessorial fuel usage; and
  • ReeferFence, an onboard geofence capability that allows users to create and remotely load 15,000 geofence points and track and manage assessorials and trailer dwell times.
  • Easy to install, the RT6000 satellite, cellular and dual mode system uses common brackets and harnesses in a single unit design, the company says; users of existing StarTrak Sentry and Commander systems also can install RT6000 units in existing hardware.