Smart trailers: Why they’re worth it
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Smart trailers: Why they’re worth it

Sponsored by Grote Industries

Fleet managers have a truck ton of data coming at them, and with the evolving smart trailer landscape, there’s even more on the horizon. Trailer components like embedded tire sensors, ABS sensors and cargo sensors (to name a few) can provide fleets with actionable analytics to make smarter decisions. Of course, this means investing both time and money into a smart trailer solution that works for you. So here are four reasons why it’s worth making that investment.

1. Safety

It’s paramount. The safety of your drivers, safety of your equipment and the safety of your loads all boost your bottom line. It gives internal and external customers confidence to do business with you. One of the stand-out smart trailer features that aids safer equipment operation are proximity sensors. The sensors offered by Grote’s new 4SEE Smart Trailer system, for example, will assist drivers in changing lanes, notifying the driver if a vehicle is in the blind spot of the trailer.

2. Security

It’s 2 a.m. Your phone lights up with a notification that your trailer’s cargo doors have been opened. It’s parked at a rest stop on the Pennsylvania turnpike, and it’s expected to make its delivery tomorrow afternoon. Something isn’t right. With the two stand-out Grote 4SEE smart trailer features mentioned here–cargo door sensors and geo-location data services–you can act now, contacting your driver and law enforcement before the load goes missing.

3. Efficiency

Trailer tire pressure monitoring quickly comes to mind as a way to stay on top of operational efficiency, but the aforementioned cargo sensors are another efficiency boosting advantage. In addition to the security benefits, Grote 4SEE cargo sensors can inform you as to what percentage of your cargo capacity is being utilized to maximize the freight efficiency of every load.

4. Cost savings

How would you want your driver to find out about a component malfunction–via a notification sent to the Grote 4SEE mobile app that is delivered as soon as it’s recognized or when a trooper points out the component on the side of the highway during an inspection that turns into a CVSA headache? The 4SEE interface can provide fleet managers with insights that allow them to do their job more effectively and optimize operations across the fleet. It’s also important to understand how a solution can integrate with partners for data sharing so that you can have all the information in one place.

Above all, data driven solutions like smart trailer systems shouldn’t be one more thing you have to manage. Your solution of choice should seamlessly integrate into your operations and provide value from day one.

Click here for a look into how the Grote 4SEE Smart Trailer System just works.

Fleet Equipment Magazine