ORBCOMM launches latest reefer IoT device

ORBCOMM has launched a new IoT telematics device designed to support remote monitoring and management of refrigerated containers and their cargoes on land, rail and sea.

The CT 3500 system provides two-way control of reefers to monitor and adjust temperature, humidity, Controlled Atmosphere settings and cold treatment from a centralized location. The device can also be integrated with ORBCOMM’s ReeferConnect and VesselConnect platforms to show real-time reefer location, status, alerts and other critical data insights through a single dashboard.

The unit features ORBCOMM’s Global SIM for LTE coverage and supports LoRa, Bluetooth 5 and NFC, in alignment with Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) standards. Optional satellite IoT connectivity is also available through ORBCOMM’s external satellite modem.

An in-built battery enables remote download of data logs when the reefer is not powered, and the system can be installed either permanently or temporarily for monitoring guest reefers and single trips on a vessel, at a port or in the yard.

“ORBCOMM’s latest innovation in reefer container telematics demonstrates our leadership in developing feature-rich technology solutions that meet the evolving needs of the shipping industry’s complex supply chains,” said Al Tama, ORBCOMM’s Vice President of Container and Port Solutions.

“The enhancements we’ve made to our refrigerated container solution deliver advanced temperature management capabilities and streamlined container operations to help customers make data-driven business decisions, while improving profitability and the customer experience.”

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