PCT intros 'transformational' trailer telematics platforms

Phillips Connect Technologies (PCT) recently launched three new transportation technology platforms designed to address many of the major challenges facing transportation providers.

The company said TrailerNet, ChassisNet and ContainerNet will deliver “transformational improvements.”

“I can tell you from my fleet experience that unexpected downtime, CSA violations, logistical inefficiencies and component failures all negatively impact a fleet,” said Gerry Mead, executive director of innovation for PCT.

“The PCT product platforms address all those issues.”

Each of the platform product packages is designed to communicate and integrate into one master channel of information about components, activity and conditions that fleets require to make sound operational and business decisions. PCT is partnering with industry leaders to bring data communication on a wide range of components to the end user.

All PCT telematic solutions have access to the company’s proprietary user interface that provides customized dashboards, maps, maintenance summaries and detailed reports. PCT said its open-platform strategy is based on the premise that customers want choices and every company has its own unique needs. PCT’s Business Intelligence (BI) service includes consultations with industry insiders to map out and design detailed analytical reporting based on fleet specific Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

“Something that had really stuck out to us during the development of our smart assets was that suppliers are building out these smart components, and then simply dumping all of this data on the fleets to sort through and try to make sense of,” Mead said. “Therefore, we developed these exclusive BI tools, because we didn’t want our smart system and components to be cumbersome. We wanted the fleet to see their actual ROI in a live format.

“Through these tools, fleets can set up customizable plans, in accordance with their KPIs, and get live interactive analytical reporting whenever they want. With PCT doing the leg work for the fleets, this is where the rubber hits the road.”

The PCT product portfolio includes:

  • TrailerNet Gateway with wired or wireless communication from trailer components:  Available now are the GPS and the Plus package which comes standard with GPS, geofencing, trailer mileage and seven-way voltage reporting. It has the option to add nine additional compatible sensors, such as door sensors and cargo sensors.  
  • ChassisNet Gateway with wired or wireless communication from trailer components: The GPS, Plus and Pro packages are available now. The Plus package offers options to add seven compatible sensors, and the PRO package, eight compatible sensors.
  • ContainerNet Gateway with wired or wireless communication from trailer components: The GPS and Plus packages are available now. The Plus package offers options to add four compatible sensors, such as door and cargo sensors.

And for fleets not quite ready for the ultimate telematics solution, PCT also introduced EZTrac and AssetTrac, which require no special tools for installation:

  • EZTrac is a GPS tracker integrated into an easy-to-install, plug-and-play harness piece.
  • AssetTrac is a battery-powered asset tracker with an internal motion sensor and BLE that can send periodic reports or report on motion. Batteries will last up to five years with one report per day or three years with a report on movement.  

 “We are extremely excited to show our industry what the PCT team has developed to really meet the current and future needs of fleet operators. We didn’t just imitate what’s out there, we are transforming the telematics space because Phillips is a leader, not a follower,” said Rob Phillips, CEO of Phillips Connect.  “We’ve been diligent about listening to what fleets want from the new world of telematics.

“If you can harness all the possibilities from this new technology, it truly can be game-changing, and we think we’ve gone a long way in doing that. It’s true when I say that we are not just another telematics company.”

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