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Orbcomm announces Tractor ID sensor for trailer pairing


Managing Editor of Fleet Equipment Magazine

Orbcomm Inc. has launched a wireless Tractor ID sensor that enables trailer pairing confirmation.

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Orbcomm says the Tractor ID sensor’s advanced Bluetooth and radar filtering technology ensures the tractor will connect to the desired trailer, while filtering out nearby trailers that could otherwise lead to inaccurate pairings. The Tractor ID sensor immediately determines a correct or incorrect tractor-trailer pairing, the beginning or ending of moves and trailer connects or disconnects. When the driver connects to a trailer, an automated notification is sent through the integrated Orbcomm platform to the customer’s dispatch system to validate the proper trailer connection before the driver leaves the yard.

The company adds that the ruggedized peripheral contains a built-in battery designed to last seven-plus years, ensuring continuous usage without requiring an external power source, and saves power by remaining latent until it finds a unit to connect to. 


Currently, Orbcomm’s sensor integrates exclusively with its solar-powered telematics device, the GT 1200 series, to improve fleet visibility, monitoring and management, according to the company.



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