PeopleNet offers trailer tracking via PLC

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PeopleNet, a provider of integrated onboard computing systems, introduced a trailer tracking offering that requires no additional trailer hardware.

The announcement was made at the Truckload Carriers Association annual convention being held in Las Vegas, March 3-6.

The Tethered Trailer Tracking application uses the existing Power Line Communication (PLC) cable for exchanging data between the trailer’s ABS (anti-lock brake system) and the PeopleNet system through the Multi-Bus Adapter with a PLC chip, said Rick Ochsendorf, executive vice president of operations.

This configuration helps with managing trailer detention, reduces the cost of lost trailers, eliminates manual yard checks, and improves utilization information for more efficient maintenance, he said.

“In addition to being easy to use, there also is significant savings in time-consuming installation and labor cost. Since a typical fleet has around a 2:1 trailer-to-tractor ratio, that can be tremendous.”

Once connected to the tractor, the trailer’s unique serial number is sent to the PeopleNet system, which in turn creates location-based hook and drop events for the trailer. Event information is stored, including the date/time, location, vehicle and trailer odometer reading.