Blue Tree adds dry trailer tracking

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Updated Nov 4, 2011

Blue Tree Systems Inc. – a provider of trailer tracking, reefer monitoring and fleet management solutions – announced its new R:Com Dot, a next-generation heavily ruggedized dry trailer tracking solution. The fully self-contained ruggedized unit has no external antenna and is designed to be mounted covertly on the underside of the trailer, including flatbeds and tankers. The product is designed to provide live position reports every 10 minutes when tethered and scheduled reports when untethered across North America, including the United States, Canada and Mexico.

“Every customer has a different set of needs when it comes to fleet management, and it is R:Com’s unique and fully comprehensive feature set, from in-cab to trailer, that enables us to meet any requirements that are presented to us,” says Charlie Cahill, chief executive officer of Blue Tree. “A single-partner fleet solution offered by Blue Tree eliminates the many challenges and complexities associated with dealing with multiple vendors and greatly simplifies back office integration and support.”

Designed to overcome common problems associated with dry van tracking solutions including poor hardware reliability, poor battery performance, awkward installation and infrequent location updates, R:Com Dot utilizes the latest GPS technology to facilitate accurate location data. When untethered, the Dot is powered by a high-grade lithium-polymer battery, normally used in military applications, and is rated for three or more years of operation. A high-capacity rechargeable version of the battery also is available as an option, providing several months of untethered operation before requiring charging.

According to Blue Tree, other features include:
• Map views in road, aerial and bird’s-eye views;
• Detailed trailer movement information with drill-down detail and tracking history that includes trip, stop and time at location reports;
• The ability to quickly and easily name and geofence thousands of locations and provide exception-based alerts;
• Cargo control alerts for monitoring door open and close events; and
• Over-the-air programming, upgrades and customizations to reduce downtime.

The R:Com Fleet Management Solution, designed to meet a variety of operational requirements, includes vehicle tracking, in-cab communication and navigation, fuel monitoring, engine and driver performance monitoring, reefer temperature management, automated IFTA fuel tax reporting and driver hours-of-service management.