Ryder buys ORBCOMM system for fleet

Deployment to be on rental and lease fleets.

September 16, 2013
by Fleet Management staff

ROCHELLE PARK, NJ–ORBCOMM Inc, a provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions, will be supplying Ryder System, Inc (Ryder) with a comprehensive telematics system for Ryder’s fleet of more than 30,000 dry van, refrigerated and flatbed trailers. ORBCOMM’s solution will provide connectivity through ORBCOMM’s hardware and a web-based analytics platform for fleet management. Ryder will use the ORBCOMM solution in both its lease and rental trailer fleets.

The technology can provide refrigerated trailer monitoring and control for Ryder’s cold chain customers to improve quality, mitigate product spoilage and ensure compliance with new food safety regulations.

For its dry van and flatbed trailers, Ryder is using ORBCOMM’s GT1100, a ruggedized device. The GT1100 is sensor-compatible and self-powered with solar recharging technology for low power consumption and long service life in the field. The GT1100 also recently won the 2013 CTIA E-Tech Award for Innovation in M2M. For its refrigerated trailers, Ryder is using ORBCOMM’s RT6000+, a powerful two-way reefer monitoring and control device that provides comprehensive temperature, fuel management, maintenance, and logistical applications services for the command and control of temperature-controlled cargo.

ORBCOMM has developed a customized web application for Ryder, with advanced data reporting and analytics capabilities to increase in-transit visibility and security of its dry van, refrigerated and flatbed assets. Utilizing this high-performance technology in conjunction with near-real-time asset data, Ryder can best manage its fleet, increasing asset utilization, productivity and customer service.

ORBCOMM has already deployed more than 2,000 systems on Ryder’s trailers, and Ryder will extend ORBCOMM’s telematics solution to its commercial lease and rental customers as a value-added benefit on their equipment.

ORBCOMM’s trailer telematics solution complements Ryder’s innovative onboard telematics system, RydeSmart, a full-featured GPS fleet location, tracking and vehicle performance management system, available on the company’s lease and rental tractor fleet.