In 2015, Globe Tracker announced a partnership with Unit45 to deliver what it called “the first commercial Smart Refrigerated Container”. That agreement appears to have fallen by the wayside, and Unit45 is now moving forward with ORBCOMM.
Pursuant to the new agreement, Unit45 is using ORBCOMM’s complete telematics solution, including hardware, connectivity, device management, and its CargoWatch web reporting platform, for its container fleet.
To allow continuous monitoring over remote Silk Road routes, the devices are dual-mode, automatically switching to satellite when there is no cellular coverage. “It is essential for us to see where our container units are, monitor what is happening with them, and remotely control the units, and we need to have all of this information directly on our computer screens – an integral part of Unit45’s value proposition for the long term,” said Jan Koolen, Unit45’s managing director.
Unit45 expects to complete deployment of ORBCOMM’s container monitoring solution in the fourth quarter of 2017.