ORBCOMM adds solar power to container tracking units

Supply chain IoT data company ORBCOMM has launched a new solar-powered asset tracking system that that can be used to monitor intermodal containers and other transportation assets for operational visibility.

The new unit, which adds solar-powered batteries to the firm’s CT 1000 product line, allows users to monitor asset location and start/stop motion status as well as receive configurable alerts. Geofencing parameters can be set up through the ORBCOMM platform to assist in estimation of arrival times and support corrective measures to mitigate delays.

The system is IP67, IP69k and ATEX Zone 2 certified and can be installed in as little as one minute per container, ORBCOMM says. The units are built to require no manual attention after installation due to their solar-power capabilities and over-the-air updates.

Hapag-Lloyd is an existing user of the CT 1000 product line, having begun installing ORBCOMM’s system on its dry containers in late 2022.

“ORBCOMM’s latest innovation in IoT technology is targeted for transportation fleets who want a reliable asset tracking solution that balances features, functionality and cost and helps them stay competitive,” said Gregg Plonisch, ORBCOMM’s Senior Vice President of Product Management.

“We’re making it easy for fleets of any size with multiple asset types to know what is happening across their operations to boost efficiency, improve decision making and keep their assets flowing smoothly along the supply chain.”

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