Cargo sensing and image capture are evolving into something truly useful for trailer utilization.
Last year about this time, Premier Trailer Leasing published a blog post entitled “Are Idle Trailers Killing Your Profits? Learn How Cargo Sensing Can Boost Utilization.” As the article pointed out, cargo sensing technology has become a hot topic in the industry for several reasons, but the simplest reason is that an empty trailer sitting idle isn’t making money for anyone.
The blog post noted that an industry observer found that a fleet’s trailers previously averaged 10 to 11 days idle per month. With the addition of cargo sensors, the average dropped to 8-9 days, a 20% improvement in utilization. In addition, the post noted that cargo sensing improves turn time at destinations. Instead of waiting for the customer to call the carrier and let them know that the trailer is unloaded and ready to pick up, the fleet manager can tell right away if the trailer is unloaded.
Finally, the post pointed out that this technology will help improve driver satisfaction and retention by reducing driver frustration with trailer assignments, increasing billable hours and reducing the cost of fuel.
Cargo Image Capture Takes Cargo Sensing to the Next Level
A year later, Spireon has taken cargo sensing to the next level with cargo image capture and retrieval. Now with IntelliScan cargo image capture technology, users can retrieve images as needed, or schedule them in advance to improve the bottom line in multiple ways.
Being able to capture images from inside your trailers will revolutionize the way you manage your drivers, trailers, and business relationships. With IntelliScan Image Retrieval, you can:
- Improve worker safety and lower liability by detecting cargo load shift before doors open
- Minimize cargo damage and increase efficiency by detecting improper loading
- Resolve claims confidently with timestamped images that prove or disprove cargo/trailer damage
- Keep drivers driving by ensuring a trailer is empty before scheduling pickup
- Recover stolen cargo and aid in prosecution with timestamped documentation
- Increase detention billing accuracy and improve shipper practices with proof of load/unload
IntelliScan captures an image when any of the following events occur:
- Trip Starts/Stops
- Unauthorized Movement
- Auto Locate/Heartbeat
- Power Connect/Disconnect
- Door Open/Close
Want to know more about the latest innovation in trailer management? Learn more about IntelliScan now. You can also watch the on-demand webinar we sponsored on the technology with Transport Topics: Solving a $1B Problem with Cargo Image Capture—view key clips or the full webinar.