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Marten upgrades reefer fleet with ORBCOMM’s dual-mode tracking

May 19, 2021
Marten Transport is retrofitting its fleet of refrigerated and dry van trailers with ORBCOMM’s dual-mode asset tracking solutions in preparation for the “sunsetting” of 3G wireless service.

Marten Transport is retrofitting its fleet of refrigerated and dry van trailers with ORBCOMM’s dual-mode asset tracking solutions in preparation for the “sunsetting” of 3G wireless service, which is set to commence at the end of the year.

The internet of things (IoT) firm said Marten—a customer for more than 10 years and one of the largest refrigerated transportation companies in North America—is upgrading its trailer fleet with the company’s dual-mode satellite and cellular connectivity, which offers redundancy in transport load tracking and monitoring to provide reliable communications, even in remote areas where cellular networks are unavailable or unreliable.

“We are pleased to extend our successful, long-time partnership with ORBCOMM and leverage their unrivaled dual-mode technology on our refrigerated and dry assets,” said Dean Gobrecht, asset intelligence manager for Marten. “ORBCOMM’s latest tracking and monitoring solutions ensure our multi-asset fleet is running at optimal efficiency and productivity and that our investment is protected for many years to come.”

ORBCOMM’s next-gen products feature an embedded global SIM, which enables cellular connectivity on more than 565 cellular networks, facilitating deployment in nearly any region of the world regardless of the connectivity option.

Marten is utilizing ORBCOMM’s latest refrigerated monitoring solution to track the freight’s location and temperature, providing peace of mind that loads are compliant and meeting customers’ standards for quality and service, as well as ORBCOMM’s feature-rich, solar-powered device, which offers end-to-end visibility of Marten’s dry van assets. By extending the lifecycle of its IoT devices and ensuring protection against network obsolescence as a result of the 3G sunset, Marten will ensure consistent and reliable communications throughout the supply chain and maximize their return on investment, according to ORBCOMM.

In addition, ORBCOMM is working with Marten to provide an enhanced professional services offering, including advanced business intelligence and industry benchmarking of refrigerated data to improve operational efficiency and deliver incremental ROI across their business.

“Marten Transport has one of the largest fleets in the U.S. and represents one of our most significant double-play deployments, which has performed well over the last 10 years,” said Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM’s chief executive officer. “By helping Marten upgrade its fleet with our dual-mode technology and deploy our next-gen asset tracking solutions, we can deliver the highest levels of network performance, coverage and resiliency to enable Marten to manage their extensive fleet for the long term.”

ORBCOMM said a team of field support technicians are assisting Marten in the installation and activation of the system.

Deployment is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

This article originally appeared on Refrigerated Transporter

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