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Horstmar, May 2017 – Schmitz Cargobull Telematics presents the next generation of trailer telematics at the transport logistic 2017 trade fair (Hall A6, Booth 301/402) in Munich. The new SmartTrailer concept is a product of the ongoing development of the company’s proprietary TrailerConnect telematics system. This concept includes a diverse array of new functions and benefits addressing numerous aspects of the logistics industry.
Customers can utilise the new temperature recorder integrated into the control unit for temperature-controlled transport. Operators can easily print the temperature history data using an optional printer fitted on the bulkhead. Today, the majority of customers already rely on electronically transmitting this data via TrailerConnect. The new TrailerConnect generation continues to offer the familiar interfaces for conventional temperature recorders and refrigeration units, while also enhancing the compatibility of the existing solutions.
New: precisely determine mileage
A new precision odometer utilises the ABS sensor and GPS-supported algorithms to determine the precise mileage. This function even remains active when the EBS cable is not connected. Combined with an acceleration sensor in the telematics control unit, this enables vehicle movements and stationary periods to be clearly identified and documented.
Schmitz Cargobull Telematics also sets standards when it comes to monitoring wheels and tyres. New tyre pressure control sensors in the rooms measure the tyre pressure and temperature, wirelessly transfering this data to a receiver integrated into the telematics control unit. Additional sensors on the brake pads determine the wear and also specify the wheel position on the vehicle. This serves to avoid breakdowns and also enables proactive maintenance.
A telematics-controlled door locking system on the trailer has now become essential for many transport tasks due to security reasons. With the new telematics generation, Schmitz Cargobull Telematics also offers a mature and secure solution to address these needs. A concealed locking system integrated into the rear wall frame robustly locks the rear doors and is networked with the telematics control unit via the LIN bus. The locking system can be controlled in multiple ways. Only specially authorised users of the TrailerConnect portals are permitted to lock or unlock the rear door. All activities are recorded in the telematics portal.
In addition, the new beSMART app enables the driver or other people authorised via PIN codes to operate the doors. Furthermore, vehicles fitted with Schmitz Cargobull refrigeration units also have the convenient option of controlling the locking system via the display on the refrigeration unit. This provides transport companies and their drivers with security and flexibility.
In addition to the new sensors, the SmartTrailer is distinguished by its innovative networking, control and diagnostic philosophy.
The new networking strategy is highly beneficial. With the new trailer telematics generation, all of the relevant trailer sensors and actuators such as the tyre pressure, door, tank or temperature sensors along with safety-relevant areas such as the locking system are connected and integrated via CAN and LIN bus systems. Schmitz Cargobull Telematics places great value in developing and fitting its own sensors.
As a consequence, the telematics control unit becomes the central data gateway in the trailer.
“The new generation now enables us to provide our customers with all of the relevant trailer data,” says Karl-Heinz Neu, Managing Director at Schmitz Cargobull Telematics.
As a result, the telematics system from Schmitz Cargobull Telematics assumes even more responsibility for the overall system.
“We offer one telematics system for all applications, integrated into a complete solution and independent of component manufacturers. As a consequence, our customers no longer have to utilise multiple telematics solutions in one vehicle. Only a telematic system originating from the trailer manufacturer can achieve this perfect integrated networking,” continues Neu.
The new and standardised operating concept clearly reflects the smart technology. In addition to the new TrailerConnect Portal with comprehensive analysis and reporting functions, the relevant trailer data can also be accessed and individual sensors controlled via the display on the Schmitz Cargobull refrigeration unit.
Schmitz Cargobull has also developed a special driver app, beSMART, to further support communication between the driver and the trailer. The beSMART app enables drivers to continuously monitor the trailer status from the drivers and reacts rapidly when necessary.
As a result, the driver is always aware of the temperatures and tyre pressure, and can also conveniently operate the door system and refrigeration unit via remote control. A wireless module integrated into the trailer telematics system enables the communication between the control unit and smartphones.
The central diagnosis of all of the sensors and actuators via the telematics control unit is another major benefit of the new, integrated system. Proactive information about the technical status of the various trailer components enables breakdowns to be avoided, increasing trailer availability as a consequence. Nevertheless, if the trailer requires servicing, then the telematics control unit’s central diagnostic function decreases the time spent in the workshop and puts the trailer back on the road more quickly.
Due to the new SmartTrailer generation’s extensive potential for integration, experts from Schmitz Cargobull Telematics are increasingly involved in projects to develop transport processes. This creates essential knowledge transfer between vehicle and logistics specialists. Schmitz Cargobull’s spectrum of services plays a critical role here in reducing costs.
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 yearback