Modagrafics President & CEO Paul Pirkle discussed his company’s history and how data collected by the BlackBerry Radar sensor can provide opportunities and help fleet owners make critical decisions.

BlackBerry, Modagrafics introduce Radar IoT Asset Tracking System

April 12, 2017
Modagrafics leverages the Blackberry Radar IoT Asset Tracking System to offer new services to fleet owners.

Discussing issues facing fleet management and how present and future technologies can solve them were the main points behind a seminar conducted by BlackBerry and fleet services graphics provider Modagrafics on April 6. The event was held at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL, not far from Modagrafics’ corporate headquarters.

Last December, the two companies announced a sales agent agreement that calls for Modagrafics to leverage the Blackberry Radar IoT Asset Tracking System and offer new value-added marketing services to fleet owners. BlackBerry Radar is an end-to-end asset tracking system for trucking companies and private fleet operators that monitors the location and other important money and time saving logistical issues.

“Our seminar,” said Derek Kuhn, senior vice president – BlackBerry IoT, “brought together fleet managers and logistic leaders within the greater Chicago area to discuss some of the big changes happening in asset management as smart connected technologies transform the space. Discussing the issues facing fleet management and how technologies - both now and looking forward to the near future - are going to be able to solve them was our main focus.”

“This was a very important event for our local fleet owners to attend,” remarked Modagrafics president and CEO Paul Pirkle. “They always are looking at us for ways to improve their fleets’ efficiency, in addition to helping manage their brand perspective and increase customer impressions. BlackBerry Radar lets them accomplish this with a technology driven sensor that easily connects cloud computing and wireless connectivity. It’s a new day for the trucking and logistics industry.”

Demonstrations of the BlackBerry Radar asset tracking system revealed how it can increase trailer utilization by 7-12% and reduce trailer rentals.

Kuhn, Pirkle and BlackBerry officials conducted several presentations and a networking session followed. Issues discussed included connected transportation trends, the evolution of the smart trailer and how new technology works. A demonstration of the BlackBerry sensor touched upon how it monitors critical events such as door opening/closing, cargo load/no load, and the internal environmental conditions of trailers, such as temperature, humidity and barometric pressure.

Learning that installation takes 10 minutes per vehicle, fleet owners in attendance left with a better understanding of how the system can generate more revenue per trailer by optimizing trailer usage, improving delivery times and other logistics.

“BlackBerry Radar is really leading the change on smart connected trailers,” Kuhn concluded. “It offers more integrated sensors in one device, an intuitive user interface and easy installation, all hosted on a secure cloud based system offering more meaningful data, more often. More importantly, BlackBerry Radar was designed to address the business issues fleet logistics professionals face in an increasingly competitive landscape – trailer utilization, compliance, preventive maintenance and driver productivity. To us, solving these issue is of tremendous value to the industry.” 

Sponsored Recommendations

Reducing CSA Violations & Increasing Safety With Advanced Trailer Telematics

Keep the roads safer with advanced trailer telematics. In this whitepaper, see how you can gain insights that lead to increased safety and reduced roadside incidents—keeping drivers...

80% Fewer Towable Accidents - 10 Key Strategies

After installing grille guards on all of their Class 8 trucks, a major Midwest fleet reported they had reduced their number of towable accidents by 80% post installation – including...

Proactive Fleet Safety: A Guide to Improved Efficiency and Profitability

Each year, carriers lose around 32.6 billion vehicle hours as a result of weather-related congestion. Discover how to shift from reactive to proactive, improve efficiency, and...

Tackling the Tech Shortage: Lessons in Recruiting Talent and Reducing Turnover

Discover innovative strategies for recruiting and retaining tech talent in the trucking industry during this informative webinar, where experts will share insights on competitive...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of FleetOwner, create an account today!