Orbcomm lands trailer tracking contract from Barnes Transportation

Orbcomm’s GT 1100 device uses an integrated solar panel to increase longevity and frequency of reporting.Orbcomm’s GT 1100 device uses an integrated solar panel to increase longevity and frequency of reporting.

Orbcomm, a provider of machine-to-Machine and internet of things (IoT) systems, announced it has been selected by Barnes Transportation Services Inc. (Barnes) to provide solar-powered asset tracking for its dry van trailers.

Headquartered in Wilson, N. C., Barnes is a family-owned and operated truckload carrier servicing the Eastern United States. Orbcomm will provide Barnes with wireless connectivity using its hardware and web-based reporting platform for fleet management.

Barnes is using Orbcomm’s ruggedized telematics system that includes a self-powered device with solar recharging technology for low power consumption and long service life. Orbcomm’s system includes a web application with data reporting and analytics capabilities for in-transit visibility and security of Barnes’ dry van trailers.

Orbcomm’s telematics system integrates with the McLeod LoadMaster dispatch software platform Barnes uses to capture near-real-time asset data for their fleet, including operational condition, exception reporting and GPS position, in one comprehensive system.

“With more than 75 years in the trucking business, we are committed to leveraging innovative technology to make our transportation operations more efficient over the long term,” said Keith Barnes, president of Barnes Transportation Services, Inc. “Orbcomm’s high-performance telematics system provides big value by enabling full visibility into our fleet, optimal routing and transit time as well as significantly improved trailer utilization.”

Barnes expects to complete deployment of Orbcomm’s solution by year end.