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Next-generation cold-chain monitoring solution from ORBCOMM

Fuel and temperature management, maintenance, logistics, and regulatory compliance for refrigerated transport assets are now a cinch thanks to a next-generation cold-chain monitoring solution from ORBCOMM.

The leading global provider of Machine-to-Machine and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions’ PT 6000 is available as a 3G or LTE cellular or dual-mode satellite-cellular version. It forms part of ORBCOMM’s comprehensive telematics solution, which includes sensors, connectivity, and the CargoWatch application.

The compact, ruggedised PT 6000 enables complete visibility and control of cold-chain operations to help ensure the integrity of temperature-controlled cargo as it moves along the supply chain, Henry Smith, Vice President Sales – Africa at ORBCOMM explains.

Henry Smith, Vice President Sales – Africa at ORBCOMM

ORBCOMM’s enhanced reefer management solution provides the precise temperature monitoring capabilities and records needed for compliance with the Food Safety Modernisation Act of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the US.

“In refrigerated trucking, it is critical for fleet owners to be compliant with the FDA’s regulatory requirements. ORBCOMM’s technology provides the end-to-end visibility and control to not only meet these regulatory requirements, but ensure the highest level of service throughout the cold chain,” Craig Malone, Executive Vice President of Product Development at ORBCOMM, highlights.

The solution can set reefer temperature remotely, change reefer state, initiate a defrost and more with two-way commands. It can also receive real-time alarms when specific conditions are detected, such as when an active reefer is turned off, or when the cargo-area temperature deviates from the set points, or does not match values specified by the order, an asset enters or exits a geofence, rapid fuel loss is detected, and more.

ORBCOMM’s feature-rich solution is compatible with every type of refrigerated unit for maximum utilisation and seamless installation on the wall of a refrigerated trailer or inside a reefer cabinet. The device supports up to three temperature sensors to accommodate reefers with multiple zones, and has a rechargeable battery that reports for up to ten days on a single charge when no vehicle power is available.


ORBCOMM’s PT 6000 enables complete visibility and control of cold-chain operations

In addition, the device is integrated fully with third-party dispatch and in-cab software providers, including Innovative Computing Corp., TMW Systems, McLeod Software, Add On Systems, PeopleNet, SSI, and Prophesy.

“We continue to see a migration toward IoT technology as part of our transportation customers’ core strategies to reduce costs and add efficiencies, and we are pleased to be the solution provider of choice for some of the biggest names in the industry,” Malone concludes.

ORBCOMM provides advanced communication systems for the control and management of remote assets, using reliable and cost-effective satellite and GSM data communication systems throughout Africa and around the world. An industry pioneer in Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication, and a global leader in Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, ORBCOMM enables the remote tracking, monitoring, and control of industrial assets and people.

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