Identifying the need for trailers to become as smart as today’s heavy-duty trucks, Peterson introduced its patented PetersonPulse Intelligent Trailer System, a trailer telematics solution that brings CAN-Bus technology and telematic capability to trailers. Engineered specifically for fleet trailers, Pulse not only controls and detects real-time status of vital trailer systems–lights, ABS brakes, tire pressure, cargo temperature, and more–but also alerts drivers and fleet managers via Bluetooth and cellular communications, the company explained.
“By signaling trailer issues as they happen, Pulse enhances the safety of driver and cargo, and helps avoid road incidents, CSA violations, and costly fines,” said Cory Adams,Peterson’s director of engineering. “Whether a trailer is parked or underway, Pulse enables real-time monitoring of all trailer systems—anytime, anywhere. There’s even a backup battery to power the system whether or not the trailer is connected to the tractor.”
“It’s intelligence that allows fleets to truly manage and protect their equipment and the cargo it carries,” added Steve Meagher, Peterson vice president-sales.
Peterson developed Pulse in partnership with industry leaders in TPMS/ABS and telematic technology. The system features Peterson’s LumenX LED lighting package and the harness-building expertise of the company’s Maxi-Seal division. PetersonPulse is engineered to CAN-Bus specifications, with high-speed, twisted-pair communication wires and sensors installed throughout the trailer. All components are fully sealed, vibration tested, and built for long life, the company said.
Compared to the heavy, multi-wire cabling of traditional harnesses, Pulse twisted-pair cabling is lighter weight, flexible, and installation friendly. Additionally, the Puls cabling links front and rear control modules, system sensors, and communication components—just like computers in a network.
With a mobile device, a driver can do pre-trip walk-around inspections to check for issues with any trailer system—a “Know Before You Go” safeguard. On the road, PULSE’s trailer intelligence detects any issues and sends alerts via Bluetooth to the driver’s smart phone or tablet. Alerts can also be sent to fleet managers via a cellular network.