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February 9, 2015 9:20 AM, EST

Werner to Adopt Spireon’s Trailer-Tracking Technology

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Truckload carrier Werner Enterprises will adopt Spireon Inc.’s FleetLocate trailer-tracking technology after a one-year pilot, the companies said.

The deployment includes outfitting all of Werner’s new dry-van trailers with the tracking units, as well as an “aggressive” retrofit program for its current trailers this year, they said an a Feb. 2 announcement.

Steve Phillips, Werner’s senior vice president of fleet resources, said Spireon was able to identify ways for the carrier to better utilize its fleet during the one-year proof of concept.

Spireon, headquartered in Irvine, California, said its GPS tracking technology provides carriers with “rich data” on their trailer fleets, enabling higher productivity and turns per trailer.

Werner, based in Omaha, Nebraska, ranks No. 14 on the Transport Topics list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.

The company operates a fleet of more than 7,000 tractors and nearly 24,000 trailers, most of which are dry vans. Its transportation services include dedicated carriage, medium-to-longhaul, regional and local van, expedited, temperature-controlled and flatbed.