BlackBerry Ltd. has announced that its “smart trailer” end-to-end asset tracking solution, BlackBerry Radar, has been deployed with Caravan Transport Group Inc. The BlackBerry Radar device, built on the company’s cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) software platform, includes an array of sensors that collect and report readings more often than any other self-powered solution on the market today, the company said. Real-time trailer and cargo status details include the location of trailers and cargo, the status of the trailer door being opened or closed, whether the trailers are empty or loaded, temperature, humidity and much more. Furthermore, all data is communicated securely to the IoT cloud platform maintaining the privacy of the user’s data, according to BlackBerry.
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“Taking time, money and guesswork out of the supply chain is a top priority for leaders across the transportation and logistics industry,” said Derek Kuhn, senior vice president of IoT for BlackBerry. “The current method of obtaining information about a trailer or intermodal container no longer works in today’s connected world, because this data is typically not real-time or updated frequently enough to make timely decisions. To solve this issue, BlackBerry leveraged its extensive technology portfolio and deep expertise in security, mobility and enterprise software to innovate and develop BlackBerry Radar, which is designed to bring decision makers and operators near real-time information, analytics and reports to boost operational efficiencies.”
“Running a fleet of ‘Smart Trailers’ has been a vision of ours for a while, but not until we met with BlackBerry did we think it could come to fruition,” said John Iwaniura, president of the Caravan group of companies. “We have been in the transportation industry for a long time and have yet to see any solution as comprehensive, compact, easy to use and useful as BlackBerry Radar.”