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TrailerConnect 2.0 – The new TrailerConnect Internet portal


Horstmar, May 2017 - Schmitz Cargobull Telematics presents the new TrailerConnect Portal at the transport logistic trade fair. The new portal is distinguished by its ease of use together with its responsive design. Only a few clicks are needed to access the desired information. In addition, the portal utilises state-of-the-art online technology. The detailed data is displayed rapidly and in high resolution. The newly designed interface provides an extensive range of sorting and filtering options, enabling rapid and efficient work. Schmitz Cargobull Telematics sets a new standard for trailer telematics portal applications.

The various departments involved in a transport job require different information. This information is prepared rapidly and displayed clearly via dashboards. For example, the new TrailerConnect Portal provides an in-depth route analysis for the scheduling department. Report, temperature and position logs for the individual routes can be accessed quickly and easily with only a few clicks. In addition, this data can also be effortlessly forwarded to the operator using the sophisticated export functions.

The fleet management system monitors the technical condition of the trailers. In the new TrailerConnect Portal, all of the technical trailer information is prepared and summarised in one trailer status history. The documentation of all technical events, including the time and location where the event occurred and was resolved, creates transparency and also serves to prevent unplanned trailer downtime.

New messenger app

Schmitz Cargobull Telematics also offers its customers the new beUp-to-date messenger app, designed for use with the TrailerConnect Portal. This app proactively provides people without constant access to the TrailerConnect Portal with selected information via their smartphone or tablet.

The beUp-to-date app enables users to easily receive notification about issues with their trailer via smartphone and in real time. As a consequence, they can rapidly react to events, preventing damage to the load or extensive inactivity due to breakdown repairs. The trailer-related chat logs in the beUp-to-date app also provide a rapid overview of the alarms and events from the individual trailers at all times.

Furthermore, Schmitz Cargobull Telematics has developed functions and sensors which provide customers with innovative cost benefits.

“Regardless of the vehicle structure or the freight transported, whether large-scale or small-scale operations, our technology offers customers specifically tailored solutions. The trailer telematics enables customers to reduce their TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) and simultaneously offer their own customers added value. We can calculate the value of these benefits and prove them through reliable references,” says Karl-Heinz Neu, Managing Director of Schmitz Cargobull Telematics.

Schmitz Cargobull Telematics handles the secure processes which are part of the daily procedure for every transport order. The customer enjoys recurrent benefits only possible through integrated monitoring, enabling them to optimise their own business. It is that understanding of the concerns and needs of customers which drives the constant development of new functions. The ability to consistently identify or prevent any problem with the transport process is a critical factor.

As a long-standing partner to the transport industry, Schmitz Cargobull Telematics is a pioneer in the field and has more than 15 years of experience with trailer telematics. Numerous process optimisations have been developed through intensive collaboration with TrailerConnect users, creating cost savings and greater efficiency.

Benefits:
1.    Greater scheduling transparency

Real-time trailer location:

  • Which trailer is loaded or empty near dispatch locations?
  • How many trailers are there in the customer pool? Is the number sufficient or are there unused units at other locations? 
  • When were intermodal trailers loaded on trains or ships?                                                            
  • How does a subcontractor carry out my transport job?
  • Was the specified delivery window achieved?

 
2.    Rapid reactions


Real-time temperature monitoring:

  • Was the trailer refrigerated in advance to the correct temperature on schedule?
  • What happened to the loaded goods over the weekend? Was the set point maintained during transport?
  • Was the trailer door opened while it was parked and were the temperature specifications complied with?

 
3.    Safeguarded availability

Focus on trailer technology:

  • What is the condition of the brake pads? Is the trailer operated by a subcontractor without connecting the EBS cable, causing excessive brake wear?
  • Which refrigeration unit alarms were reported? Which measures must be taken to ensure that the refrigeration unit operates correctly?


Using TrailerConnect provides additional process benefits by integrating the telematics data into the carrier software, for example.

About Schmitz Cargobull AG:

With an annual production of some 56,000* trailers and around 5,500* employees, Schmitz Cargobull AG is Europe's leading manufacturer of semi-trailers, truck bodies and trailers for temperature-controlled freight, general cargo and bulk goods. The company achieved sales of approximately €2.0* billion in the 2016/2017 business year. As a pioneer in the industry, the German company developed a comprehensive brand strategy early on and has consistently established high quality standards at all levels: from research, development and production to specialist services such as consulting, trailer telematics, financing, spare parts and used trailers.

*Provisional figures based on the 2016/2017 business year

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