Seeking Feedback

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by technonoob, May 16, 2024.

  1. technonoob

    technonoob Bobtail Member

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    Hello Truckers,

    I am a technologist exploring an idea about providing continuous telemetry (camera feed, temperature, and other sensors) from inside a cargo truck. Please excuse my lack of experience in this field, as I have never worked with trucks before. I am seeking feedback on whether this is a significant issue. I've heard anecdotally that having a dashboard to display the condition of the cargo inside the truck (e.g., if anything is broken or the temperature is off) via a single dashboard might be helpful.

    Is this a real problem that you face? Are there existing solutions for this? The idea is to install a camera with a simple setup and build software to process and display the data.

    Please educate me if I'm missing something or if there are other important considerations.

    Thank you!
     
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  3. KDHCryo

    KDHCryo Light Load Member

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    You don't need more camera's

    You need better truckers who care enough to secure the load, and deliver it intact.
     
  4. Pepper24

    Pepper24 Road Train Member

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    I don’t know what good a camera would do.As far as temperature I pretty sure newer refrigerated trailers already have that ability to send that information back to the company and the customer
     
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  5. technonoob

    technonoob Bobtail Member

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    That's fair :) From fleet owners perspective, would they be interested in this ? I must also point out the anecdote was from a conversation with an owner not drivers (what my friend told me, so possible some messaging is lost)
     
  6. Blu_Ogre

    Blu_Ogre Road Train Member

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    For temperature controlled (primarily refrigerated freight) the newer refrigeration units have temperature monitoring.

    A few years back, Some of the loads I hauled the shipper tossed a monitoring box into the back that would record and transmit data to a facility via cell data connection. Typically what was recorded was GPS location and temperatures. Temp for product quality, GPS for security.

    Receiver would just download the data and send batches of monitors back to shippers.

    May want to check out these folks and see if you offer anything they do not have covered.
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  7. technonoob

    technonoob Bobtail Member

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    Thanks @Blu_Ogre I will check it out. Its exactly the discovery we need to do. Don't want to solve problems that don't exist or that are already solved. So appreciate your inputs.
     
  8. gentleroger

    gentleroger Road Train Member

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    This technology already exists - omnitracs, orbcom, teletrack, etc. The question is can you do it better and cheaper?

    The two main problems are the cameras/wiring getting torn up by the freight/loaders and how much data it uses.
     
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  9. technonoob

    technonoob Bobtail Member

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    Thanks @gentleroger ! Haven't gotten to pricing discovery yet. This is helpful for me to study on what these solutions offer. Do you know how much roughly these solutions cost ? I couldn't tell from the website.
     
  10. gentleroger

    gentleroger Road Train Member

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    The company I work for has 60,000 trailers, the service is bundled in with other stuff, and we have it installed by the trailer manufacturer not aftermarket. So even if my knowledge wasn't more than 5 years old, it wouldn't be worthwhile information.

    You'd also be entering a crowded marketplace with a limited audience. Coupled with no experience in the industry, you're really trying to roll a granite block uphill because even if you get the trailer tracking working at an attractive price point - what else can you bring to the table? ELD, dispatch, work flow solutions?

    https://www.skybitz.com/trailer-tracking
    Telematics + Fleet Management | Platform Science
     
  11. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

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    Except for when one finds the inside of the trailer damaged and need proof of who has damaged it these are the times when they wished there was a camera in the trailer.
     
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