Michelin Solutions announced key upgrades to Effitrailer telematics11 October 2016

Michelin Solutions’ Effitrailer telematics solution has been upgraded to include asset identification, cold chain management and a remote door opening sensor.

Effitrailer centres around the installation of dedicated trailer telematics equipment, including an on-board datalink, tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and electronic braking system (EBS) data analysis. Once installed, the equipment also enables constant geolocation of every Effitrailer-optimised asset in a fleet.

With the new asset ID functionality, operators can quickly identify which asset is linked to which tractor unit, meaning fleet managers can quickly contact the driver if an action is prompted via its live alerts.

The cold-chain management upgrade allows the system to monitor the temperature ofa trailer’s cargo, and flag up any abnormal operations. A live feed transmitted by the system’s datalink also allows fleet managers to see the system status of any attached refrigeration units, the unit’s set point, and the current temperature inside the trailer. The system’s data logging function can also provide operators with proof of the cold chain’s integrity throughout delivery.

The new door opening sensor capability provides operators with another level of confidence and security throughout the delivery run, as any abnormal door openings – outside of scheduled stops, in an unusual place off the logged route, or at unusual hours of the day – are immediately flagged up, and a warning sent to the operator.

Paul Davey, commercial director for Michelin Solutions, says: “We designed Effitrailer to evolve with the needs of our customers, which is how these additional abilities came to be developed.

“With this expanded ‘toolbox’, the programme now offers operators even more data for analysis and a tighter degree of control over trailer fleet activities, streamlining day-to-day business and easing the administrative burden of managing diverse and busy fleets.”

Michelin provides Effitrailer users with a guarantee to cut tyre-related trailer breakdowns by to 50%, a number validated after analysis by a specialist. If the target is not met, Michelin Solutions will refund the cost of all breakdowns over and above the contractual terms.

The system can be installed on all trailer types equipped with EBS, regardless of age or manufacturer. The solution is aimed primarily at fleets operating at least 100 trailers on any brand of tyres.

Gist (pictured) has rolled out the technology across 58 tri-axle Gray & Adams double-decker trailers, which are in operation on the company’s long-distance trunking routes.

Laura Cork

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