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By Rich Handley
Aug 25, 2017

ORBCOMM Launches Cold Chain Monitoring Solution

ORBCOMM, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, has announced that it has launched the next generation of its cold chain monitoring solution. The compact, ruggedized system, known as the PT 6000, is available as a 3G or LTE cellular or dual-mode satellite-cellular version. It enables fuel and temperature management, maintenance, logistics and regulatory compliance for refrigerated transport assets.

As part of ORBCOMM's telematics solution, which includes sensors, connectivity and the CargoWatch application, the 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. The company's reefer-management solution provides the precise temperature-monitoring capabilities and records required for compliance with the FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act regulatory requirements.

The solution can remotely set reefer temperature, 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 an active reefer being turned off, cargo area temperature deviating from the set points or not matching values specified by the order, an asset entering or exiting a geofence, or rapid fuel loss.

The solution is compatible with every type of refrigerated unit, the company reports, and can be installed 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 10 days on a single charge when no vehicle power is available. In addition, the device is fully integrated with third-party dispatch and in-cab software providers, including Innovative Computing Corp., TMW Systems, McLeod Software, Add On Systems, PeopleNet, SSI and Prophesy.

"In refrigerated trucking, it is critical for fleet owners to be compliant with the FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act, and ORBCOMM's technology provides the end-to-end visibility and control to meet these regulatory requirements and ensure the highest level of service throughout the cold chain," said Craig Malone, ORBCOMM's executive VP of product development, in a prepared statement. "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."

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