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Trailer/Asset Intelligence Resource Center

Trailer/Asset Intelligence Resource Center

Return on Intelligence: Using Your Data to Improve ROI

Learn how to optimize the value of your trailer data with these free guides, webinars on demand, articles and more.

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What is a “smart trailer”?

Better trailer management requires better visibility. Your trailer tracking system should be doing much more than locating your trailers once or twice daily. Ideally, it should connect you to a continuous stream of rich data that supports faster, smarter, more profitable business decisions.

How Is FleetLocate Advancing Smart Trailer?

FL Flex

FleetLocate FL Flex is the future of trailer management – a powerful, customizable GPS tracking solution that arms fleets and OEMs alike with a single, proven device to support a myriad of configurations. A flexible base unit allows you to configure or tailor the solution to meet your fleet’s needs with a solar panel, or with sensors such as door, cargo, temperature, tire pressure, etc.

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A Day in the Life of an Asset Manager

Spireon FleetLocate is a complete trailer management solution that captures a wealth of Rich Data at the trailer level, and then translates this data into easy-to-understand, actionable business intelligence that increases your trailer productivity and efficiencies while reducing waste and costs.

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IntelliScan® Cargo Sensing Technology

IntelliScan® technology by Spireon is an advanced method of load detection that leverages a proprietary combination of optical imaging and laser time of flight technologies to deliver unprecedented accuracy in cargo sensing. With IntelliScan®, your FleetLocate cargo sensor will read the entire 53’ trailer, reliably and accurately, in extreme environmental conditions, and with varied load types such as “soft” cargo like carpet or paper. Play the animation below to see how it works.

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“Carriers are looking for improved utilization anywhere they can find it. What I think is the heart and soul of the smart trailer movement is an extremely reliable load detection system. We really believe that starts with giving carriers a look into their trailers.”

–Reza Hemmati, Vice President, Product Management, Spireon

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Find Out How Smart Trailer Data is Used in the Industry — And What You Should Do About It

Survey data shows that very few trucking carriers fully leverage smart trailer data. Find out exactly what data other carriers are gathering and using, and how you can use that to your competitive advantage.

In this informative white paper, you’ll learn:

  • How many carriers are taking advantage of everything their GPS-enabled smart trailers have to offer
  • What benefits of smart trailer systems are seen as most beneficial by other carriers
  • How widely GPS tracking technology is currently used in the industry
  • Why your competitors are using smart trailers
  • And more

Don’t let your competitors gain an edge — get the facts now!

Compare the Leading Trailer Intelligence Vendors

Get the info on trailer management systems you need.

Now you can use our handy Trailer Management System Comparison tool to see how 11 of the leading solutions meet your needs in:

  • Uptime guarantee
  • Cargo sensing technology accuracy
  • Modular devices
  • Years in the industry
  • Detention management
  • Leasing module
  • And 13 additional categories



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“Smart Trailer” is hot talk, but what does it mean? Depending on who you ask, it’s anything from accessory light packages to machine learning. Join to see which trailer technologies are really moving the needle today, and how the future is less about buzzwords and more about true trailer intelligence.

Smart Trailer is the Future: The Future is Now

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The growing economy is increasing pressure on fleets to maximize trailer utilization. Learn about the impact on the industry and how new cargo sensor technologies can protect your growth and bottom line in this complimentary on demand webinar.


Is the capacity crunch putting pressure on your fleet to do more, faster, better?  Will today’s fallible cargo sensors stymie your company’s growth?  If you’ve been frustrated by the notoriously fallible cargo sensors of the past, you know we have been long overdue for the cargo sensor of the future. Now, with the economy growing at a rapid pace, your company can’t afford to be held back by outdated trailer technology.

In this complimentary webinar, you’ll hear how:

  • Rapid economy growth is resulting in strained trailer capacity
  • Limited trailer availability is driving the need for companies to fully optimize trailer utilization
  • The driver shortage is exacerbating the problem
  • New technology is arising to address this need
  • And more

You’ll also get a first look at Spireon’s IntelliScan® advanced detection technology which leverages a proprietary combination of optical imaging and laser time of flight technologies to deliver unprecedented accuracy for loaded/unloaded, and soft cargo/extreme environment cargo sensing.

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The Real Cost of Fuel: True Costs and Not Just Averages

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The largest operating expense in trucking is diesel fuel, but do you really know the true cost of your fuel? What if you could get true costs and not just averages? How much would that improve your forecasting and bottom line? Find out how.


You can have visibility into real fuel price behavior on each freight movement, including:

  • Eliminating fuel distortion by separating fuel from freight costs
  • Determining real-time fuel costs by distance, speed, transit time on specific trade-lane fleets to provide dynamic marine fuel prices
  • Managing fuel costs and make decisions using accurate and movement-specific information
  • And more

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Getting Paid Faster: Shipping & Payment Reconciliation

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Cash is king, as the old saying goes, and getting paid faster is the goal of nearly every company. New technologies can help your company accomplish this goal and get your payments in faster than ever before. Watch this webinar


Watch this leading edge on-demand webinar that will address topics including:

  • Improving record keeping with distributed ledgers to improve reconciliation
  • How blockchain ledgers can also improve financial liquidity
  • Establishing trusted relationships throughout the supply chain

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The Future of Trailer Fleet Management Technology

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Trailer fleet management technology is changing rapidly. Get an inside look at how GPS trackers and trailer sensors are evolving for the future and how that will help improve your bottom line.


Roni Taylor, VP Industry Relations at Spireon, and Jason Penkethman, Chief Product Officer at Spireon, will outline the improvements you can expect, including:

  • Shifting from disparate, single function sensors to a component system—benefits in data, cost and more
  • The depth and variety of data soon to be available to you and how to use it
  • Making the most of your data
  • How new technology can improve your ROI
  • And more

Plus, you’ll hear from Dan Deppeler of Paper Transport, Inc., about how technology is giving his organization an advantage for the future.

Don’t miss this informative look at the future of the industry –watch now!

Time Is Money: Managing Detention More Profitably

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Detention is one of the largest concerns facing drivers and fleets today. DAT research revealed that 63% of drivers spend more than three hours waiting for their trucks to be loaded or unloaded, causing them to miss subsequent loads.


Whether due to inefficiency or excess supply, detention has very real consequences for drivers and companies alike. To explore how companies can work to reduce the effects of detention on their drivers and the bottom line, Spireon and FreightWaves hosted this one-hour webinar, where you will hear key insights from three leading experts, including:

  • SONAR data and charts on what is happening in the market
  • How leading companies are managing detention billing
  • Real-world examples of how companies can work to minimize the effects of detention.
  • And more

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Best Practices for Rightsizing Your Trailer Fleet

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Not long ago, trailer telematics was tech only top fleets employed. Hear from seasoned pros at marquee transportation companies tell how they are maximizing utilization, rightsizing busy trailer fleets, and killing the competition.

FleetLocate Trailer Management in Action

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Here’s your chance to get a look at exactly what FleetLocate can do for you. In this short, No-BS demo, you will see:


  • Automated yard checks that will save you time and money
  • Improved detention billing for greater profitability
  • Virtually syncing tractors and trailers
  • Real-time visibility to redirect underutilized trailers
  • And more

Plus, you’ll have a chance to ask questions about your specific needs for trailer management. Watch this informative webinar to see firsthand how FleetLocate can help you manage each of these key areas.

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Other Industry Resources


ATAAmerican Trucking Associations (ATA)

BiTABlockchain in Transport Alliance

CSACompliance, Safety, Accountability

CVSA – Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

DOTDepartment of Transportation

FAST ActFixing America’s Surface Transportation Act

FMCSAFederal Motor Carrier and Safety Administration

FMCSRFederal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations

For-Hire Carrier – Company in the business of transporting freight belonging to others.

FTAFederal Transit Administration

IANAIntermodal Association of North America

Intermodal Transportation –The transportation movement involving more than one mode (e.g., rail/motor, motor/air, rail/water).

ISS (ISS-D)Inspection Selection System

LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) – A quantity of freight less than that required for the application of truckload (TL) rate; usually less than 10,000 pounds.

LTL Carrier –Trucking company which consolidates less-than-truckload cargo for multiple destinations on one vehicle

Reefer – Refrigerated trailer with insulate walls and a self-powered refrigeration unit. Most commonly used for transporting food.

Smart Trailer – a telematics concept where a hub, or gateway, gathers the status of cargo and trailer components to provide a continuous stream of rich data that supports faster, smarter, more profitable business decisions and enables the user to use that data to improve the return on that asset.