Utility Trailer Launches Telematics Platform With Phillips Connect

Utility Connect system
Utility Connect system (Business Wire)

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Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co., the industry’s largest manufacturer of refrigerated trailers, announced Phillips Connect is its exclusive partner for trailer telematics with the launch of Utility Connect.

The Utility Connect system stems from Utility’s proprietary wiring harness that has been re-engineered to work with the Phillips Connect Smart7 nosebox, according to the City of Industry, Calif.-based trailer maker whose other products include dry freight vans, flatbeds, refrigerated vans, Tautliner curtain-sided trailers and aerodynamic technologies.

Because Phillips Industries is the standard wiring harness supplier for Utility Trailer, upgrading to the telematics version of its existing harness can be done without slowing the company trailer production rates, Utility noted.

The Utility Connect product suite at launch will include GPS trailer tracking, light-out detection, intelligent ABS fault code reporting and tire inflation system monitoring. It also has the ability to connect to additional sensors (sold separately), including door open/closed, ultrasonic cargo detection and interior cargo cameras. In addition, it has built-in expansion capabilities, offering over-the-air communication updates that will integrate with advanced tire pressure monitoring systems and Bendix’s Roll-Stability system, trailer weight, air tank pressure and optional brake pad wear-sensors for disc brakes.

Future systems will include connection to refrigerated units and lift gates for monitoring status and maintenance.

Phillips Connect is a stand-alone company within the Phillips Technologies Group. — Transport Topics

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