Companies will provide “Internet of Things-enabled gensets” for Ocean Network Express.
The reefer industry continues to move forward with telematics. Last year SeaCube announced it would offer telematics systems bundled into per diem leasing rates for customers that want access to leading-edge technology without a high capital investment up front.
For the genset market, at that time, SeaCube partnered with Orbcomm to integrate its telematics devices for real-time tracking for new “production speculative gensets”. Robert Sappio, CEO of SeaCube, stressed that this was not an exclusive arrangement: “…we offer neutrality in that we will work with any [telematics] vendor the customer prefers and not designate a specific solution unless requested. We will also provide directional guidance necessary to our customers to ensure we offer recommendations for the most suitable technology applications. This is what our customers were asking for and we listened.”
Accordingly the new gensets SeaCube is leasing to ONE will be equipped with a Globe Tracker device with cellular communication to monitor operational parameters including, fuel level, battery voltage, events and alarms and even remote shut-off capability for certain genset brands.
“We are extremely pleased to be working with SeaCube in providing this best-in-class genset solution to ONE. In genset telematics, we are the only provider integrated into the micro-controller of 2 out of the 3 leading brands in North America. This provides ONE with the most robust amount of data and assists in setting maintenance intervals, reducing maintenance costs, extending asset life, monitoring fuel consumption and having full operational visibility of their genset assets,” said John Harnett, Senior Director Marine and Intermodal at Globe Tracker.
Globe Tracker has previously announced a partnership with Taylor Power Systems to deliver a “fully connected genset solution for the cold chain”. It is understood the second genset OEM referred to above is Thermo King. The other leading genset brand in the USA, Carrier Transicold.
“The growing demand for greater tracking, transparency, security, diagnostics and asset fleet management using smart technology will continue to be a key driver for leased solutions. By partnering with Globe Tracker, we will continue to enhance our leading-edge technology solutions and expand our commitment to the intermodal industry by providing smart asset technology leased products,” said Greg Tuthill, Chief Commercial Officer at SeaCube.
The gensets are now in production and will be operational starting the middle of September through December 2019.