Orbcomm turns EBS into trailer scales11 May 2020

Orbcomm has introduced a new trailer weight feature to solve the problem of overloaded trailers by accessing data from the electronic braking system (EBS) module.

By monitoring trailer weights in real-time, hauliers can avoid running overloaded trailers and be alerted to unauthorised trailer weight changes.

The data is available in the company’s FleetManager software and can be integrated into other systems via an API call. The solution supports all major EBS brake manufacturers, including Haldex, Wabco and Knorr-Bremse.

Standard features provide real-time alerts communicated on-screen, by SMS or email if loads are exceeded. Maximum allowable weights can be configured for each trailer. Load and unload events can be identified by specific location and time, to investigate the unauthorised loading or unloading of cargo. To help avoid over- or under-servicing of trailers, fleets can use the actual trailer odometer mileage from the EBS to determine maintenance scheduling and integrate that data with maintenance software. Red and amber warnings also indicate any safety issues with the EBS module.

Trevor Durnin, Orbcomm’s country manager for the UK & Ireland, says that the system “enables fleets to track trailer weight changes during a trip so that operators can improve safety by reducing the potential for accidents while benefitting from fewer fines, better load efficiency and trailer productivity.”

The EBS trailer weight feature is available with ORBCOMM’s dry and refrigerated trailer solutions.

William Dalrymple

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