UNIT45 opts for ORBCOMM for cloud telematics solution

ORBCOMM Inc. (Nasdaq: ORBC), a provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, announced that UNIT45 B.V., a company which designs, constructs, finances, and delivers 45 foot containers for European intermodal transport operations, has selected ORBCOMM to provide its end-to-end telematics solution and Cloud platform for remote container monitoring and control.

It is essential for us to see where our container units are, monitor what is happening with them and remotely control the units

Headquartered in Rotterdam, UNIT45’s diesel-electric containers transport temperature-controlled cargo, including food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, printers and computers, along the New Silk Road linking China and Europe. They will be using ORBCOMM’s complete telematics solution, including hardware, connectivity, device management, and its CargoWatch® web reporting platform, for their container fleet. Due to the remote nature and harsh climate of the New Silk Road rail route, the ORBCOMM devices are dual-mode, automatically switching to satellite when there is no cellular coverage, to ensure uninterrupted, reliable service and full visibility of Unit45’s containers from origin to destination. ORBCOMM’s CargoWatch allows users to receive critical data from its containers, including the container temperature, diesel volume and machine performance as well as alerts and alarms. It also enables users to remotely control refrigerated units, such as adjusting the temperature and starting and stopping reefers. In addition, the system reports when preventive maintenance or repair is needed, which allows for advance arrangements to be made for a qualified technician or the right parts to be waiting at the earliest checkpoint to minimize downtime.


“UNIT45 is an innovator and market leader in the European transport industry, and we are pleased to support their efforts to pioneer smart containers for the New Silk Road with ORBCOMM’s powerful IoT technology,” said Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM’s Chief Executive Officer. “By leveraging ORBCOMM’s intermodal solution, UNIT45 can ensure full visibility, conditioned transport and accurate recording of critical location and operational data for their containers and cargo from door to door, which will provide a strong and lasting Return on Investment.”

“It is essential for us to see where our container units are, monitor what is happening with them and remotely control the units, and we need to have all of this information directly on our computer screens,” said Jan Koolen, UNIT45 B.V.’s Managing Director. “[The] solution does all of this and more to help our shipping customers enhance the efficiency, stability and security of their transport operations, and we see [it] as an integral part of [our] value proposition for the long term.”

Deployment of the container monitoring solution is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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