GPS tracking


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Happy Friday,

I've got a client interested in placing GPS trackers in their shipments so they can keep an eye on them. I know there are a few threads about units to be installed in trucks, those of course will not do in this case I think. They want to hide the trackers in the shipments themselves.

Of course I've found a bunch of them online but does anyone have any feedback to help me narrow this down?

Keep cool,


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Mike, I've heard of these. The usage I've heard of until now has been for perishables such as produce. Instead of using the Ryan recorders, there is a little black box that is covertly hidden somewhere in the freight and it's designed to let the owner of the freight on board if the temp has gone out of range, or if there has been a breach in the trailer. The unit then gets sent back to its owner and flows.

For a fleet like ours it doesn't matter because the units are in every piece of equipment we have so if one of our reefers has a problem, operations is notified, and the driver is notified to take action if it's on the road. The ones on the equipment itself are smarter because they actually know when a door has opened or closed. BUT, because most of the produce loads out there are hauled by small operations usually without tracking, it's useful in the perishables industry.

I hear that it's also used in pharmaceuticals.


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I hear ya, I've got a few clients that put those on heated (keep from freeze, or maintain above) loads to ensure the food or chemical in transit that requires protection receives the temp they need. BUt they can only read the results after delivery rather than 'location in transit'.

Tons of great stuff online, just so many to choose from.

Keep well,
Trackimo, battery operated "slap and track" unit. Never used them personally but did check out there booth at Truck World and do know a few who use it with good results


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The battery operated one I would think would be a problem on a dry van load in the winter. Battery life would be too short if it is real cold out.


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