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Smart Trailers Panel at American Trucking Association Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting

March 16 - March 21

I’ll be part of a panel talking the nuts and bolts, wires, and wireless connections of Smart Trailers.

S.7 Trailers, Bodies and Material Handling Study Group

SmartTrailers: CreatingTrucking’s Next Information Superhighway

“Smart trailer” technology is redefining the capability of trailers. More than just a box in which goods are hauled, smart trailers are mobile treasure troves of data; containing information on many different aspects of the freight logistics process. Thanks to sensor technology, fleets have new visibility on load monitoring and condition, delivery status, vehicle health, maintenance status, and location, reducing the need for breakdown maintenance and roadside repairs as well as improving CSA compliance and boosting driver productivity and retention.

Smart trailers integrate sensors and data collection onboard the trailer from a variety of manufacturers and suppliers, providing the collective information into useful consolidated reporting for the fleet. Some of the data points include exterior and interior temperature, door open status, tire pressure monitoring, ABS events, wheel hub vibration and hub temperature, tire temperature, cargo monitoring, light-out monitoring, and more.

In 2018, TMC’s S.7 Trailers, Bodies & Material Handling Study Group provided an overview of “what” smart trailer technology is and what it promises to deliver for fleets and their customers. In 2019, S.7 will now present “how” this technology is being implemented and some of the important challenges in doing so.

During this session, panelists will discuss how data is transmitted from the various monitored functions to the telematics provider and ultimately to the driver or back office. The tried and true CAN bus is an obvious transmission method, but there are competing
alternatives — USB, wireless, proprietary options, etc. Do all solutions work across all trailer platforms? Is it important that they do?

The smart trailer information highway is being built today; attend this session and learn what standards are being developed and what opportunities and challenges await fleets in this new digital era.

Wednesday, March 20 4:15 – 5:45 pm

The Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition is home to trucking’s leading fleet professionals, vehicle manufacturers, and component suppliers. TMC is North America’s premier technical conference for trucking, and it’s an event you simply must attend to stay current on industry practices.

At TMC, equipment and technology professionals can:

Attend the industry’s most innovative educational sessions covering all aspects of vehicle maintenance and design. Planned by fleets, for fleets.

Gain and share information with hundreds of your peers at TMC’s Shop Talk, a free-form discussion on equipment issues.

Resolve troubling equipment issues at TMC’s Town Meeting and Fleet Operators’ Forum.

Participate in voluntary standards-setting efforts through TMC’s Study Groups and Task Forces.

Witness and participate in the most informative technical event — TMC’s Transportation Technology Exhibition. TMC’s exhibition makes available to attendees the best minds on equipment issues in the trucking industry.

Participate in TMC’s Future Truck Initiative — create industry standards for future truck technology and equipment to ensure the truck of the future is one that is the most efficient to operate and maintain.


March 16
March 21
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Atlanta, GA