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Phillips Connect combats trailer cargo theft with two new products

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Jason Morgan is the editor of Fleet Equipment. He has more than 15 years of B2B journalism experience covering the likes of trucking and construction equipment, real estate, movies and craft beer industries.

Phillips Connect has released two new SmartLock products designed to safeguard trailer loads–the Phillips Connect SmartLock Gladhand and the SmartLock Door. The SmartLock products ensure that only authorized persons can move or unload the trailer they are attached to, and both are activated or deactivated by a digitally authenticated command completely controlled via Bluetooth LE communication interface, the manufacturer noted.

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The SmartLock Gladhand prevents any unauthorized movement or towing of any asset requiring a pneumatic gladhand connection. The locking pin that prevents air to the gladhand can only be activated or deactivated with the digital command. It is powered by an integrated non-rechargeable battery pack and requires no external electrical connection. The SmartLock Gladhand can be used on either the Red (emergency) line or the Blue (service) line.

The SmartLock Door is a stand-alone device that replaces the standard seal and can be installed in five minutes. With the SmartLock Door attached, the trailer door can only be unlocked using the digital command by fleet dispatch personnel, an authorized person at the receiving location, or it can be set to automatically unlock when entering the yard by leveraging the Connect1 platform. High value trailer loads and the drivers hauling them are at risk throughout their assigned trip. The SmartLock Door device guarantees that the full load is secure from shipper location to customer location.

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Watch Jim Epler, executive vice president, Phillips Connect, describe the features of the new products during the TMC press conference. in the videos below.

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