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February 26, 2017 3:00 PM, EST

Truck-Lite Enters Telematics Market With Trailer Monitoring

Brett Jackson Brett Jackson by John Sommers II for TT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Truck-Lite Co. has entered the telematics market with its Road Ready trailer monitoring and communication system featuring a solar-powered master control unit.

The MCU continuously monitors and transmits cellular data from a variety of peel-and-stick sensors relaying data on tire pressure, light-out detection, anti-lock brake system monitoring, unauthorized door opening, cargo fill/movement detection, temperature and auxiliary fuel levels for refrigerated trailers, trailer arrival and departure certifications, and GPS tracking capabilities, the company said here Feb. 26 at the annual meeting of American Trucking Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council.

The system relays the data in real time to a desktop, according to Truck-Lite.

The system will help fleets comply with the monitoring and documentation requirements included in the Food Safety Modernization Act, the company said. For most operations, the compliance date for the rule covering the sanitary transportation of human and animal food will be April 6, experts said.

The system also features a 10-year quick-charging battery that can retain its charge for 60 days without any sunlight, the Falconer, New York-based company said.