The new compact GT 1200 is targeted at trailers and dry box container tracking applications.
Global satellite, M2M and IoT Solutions company ORBCOMM has announced a telematics solution for trailer and dry container tracking applications.
“The GT 1200 series is an evolution of ORBCOMM’s industry-leading GT 1100 product line and includes an enhanced, high-sensitivity solar panel that charges up to 20 times faster than its predecessor even without direct sunlight, resulting in up to three times more messages per day for increased asset utilization. The compact devices are ruggedized to withstand extreme conditions, require no battery changes for up to 10 years and include built-in tamper and impact detection. The GT 1200 series also can easily be configured with ORBCOMM’s integrated cargo sensor and other wireless sensors. With a new streamlined design, the devices can be installed externally on all cargo asset types in about 10 minutes, even when the asset is full, making customer deployments quick and efficient with minimal disruption to their operations,” ORBCOMM stated.
“ORBCOMM’s new GT 1200 series is part of our comprehensive innovation plan to enhance nearly all our products to expand our existing capabilities and provide customers with advanced technology and unmatched value,” added Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM’s Chief Executive Officer. “With expanded support for wireless sensors, an improved solar panel and safer, faster field installation, the GT 1200 product line features the latest in asset tracking technology and offers incremental benefits to our transportation customers looking to streamline their fleet operations and gain efficiencies.”
ORBCOMM has customers using earlier generation products to dry freight containers, but as far as is known they are almost exclusively assets used in the US domestic market and Jones Act trade lanes, where the assets operate in a closed loop. One improvement that will make the GT 1200 significantly more appealing to this type of customer than its predecessor GT 1100 is its new integrated cargo sensor. The previous version used a hard wired sensor, with cabling that required the container to be empty and could take up to an hour to install. The GT 1200 can be installed in a few minutes, even when the container or trailer is full.
Installing tracking devices on dry freight containers used in international container shipping has always been a more difficult market, both technically and commercially. Other companies are trying hard to convince shipping lines of the value of tracking every one of their dry freight containers, but ORBCOMM has yet to really go after this market.