New sensor monitors deployment of rear-drag aero device

Oct. 18, 2013

A new door sensor that monitors when a driver has properly deployed a TrailerTail aerodynamic device is now available.

ATDynamics, makers of the TrailerTail, and Blue Tree Systems, a provider of refrigeration monitoring, trailer tracking and in-cab fleet management solutions, worked together on the solution.

“TrailerTails have hands down proven to reduce drag and save fuel,” said Michael Eggleton, Jr., vice president of Raider Express, the first fleet to test and deploy the new sensor. “We have completed a fleet-wide roll-out of TrailerTail technology and we wanted a way to ensure that the devices were being properly deployed and our technology investments were being put to good use. The new sensor provides real-time reporting to confirm that the TrailerTail is deployed anytime the vehicle is moving at highway speeds.”

“TrailerTail technology is a critical fuel savings investment for trucking fleets delivering thousands of dollars in savings annually per trailer,” said Andrew Smith, CEO of ATDynamics.  “The extension of telematics from truck and trailer monitoring systems like Blue Tree’s R:COM solution to aerodynamic equipment like ours is a natural progression and an accelerant to industry-wide adoption of fuel-saving technologies.”   

“The creation of this product was one of those perfect examples of spending time with our customer to truly understand what we can do to help them improve their operation,” said Chip Powell, director of US Operations at Blue Tree. “The development of this sensor was a team effort that showcases the symbiotic relationship between vendors and their customers.”

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