NEW ORLEANS. New releases for the GlobalWave trailer tracking and in-cab communications system expand power options, add a motion-detecting sensor and offer a low-cost, Windows-based “netbook” for the driver.
Announced at the American Trucking Assns. annual convention here, field-replaceable battery packs can power GlobalWaves’ Slap & Track wireless communications and location unit for up to six years, according to TransCore. Slap & Track is a self-contained, low-profile trailer-tracking unit that provides two-way wireless communications over the Iridium satellite network.
A new stop-start sensor also introduced at the meeting can automatically alert fleets if a trailer is parked or moved unexpectedly, or if it enters or leaves a geofence. By limiting alerts based on actual trailer activity, fleets can reduce communications costs and preserve battery power, according to the company.
The third introduction for the GlobalWave system was a small, but fully functional PC “netbook” for CabLink, a system that allows drivers to communicate over the trailer tracking unit. The portable computer includes integrated WiFi and is loaded with CabLink’s communications and fleet management software. Replacing a handheld keypad used previously, the new portable PC features a solid-state hard drive and Windows XP operating system.