ROAD READY ALERTS FLEET OF TIRE FAILURE IN REAL TIME

Truck-Lite Co., LLC, a worldwide leader in heavy-duty lighting, telematics, engine protection, safety and visibility systems, received a real-life example of just how the SmartBridge Integrator (SBI) benefits fleets that use the Road Ready trailer telematics system.
 
Launched at the TMC annual meeting in March 2018, the SBI uses proprietary technology to integrate existing trailer devices into the Road Ready platform. Several of the industry’s leading and most trusted trailer systems manufacturers have signed on as technical partners, including Continental (tire pressure monitoring), Purkeys (lift gate charging), P.S.I., Hendrickson and STEMCO (inflation systems). Any fleet currently using these systems can seamlessly incorporate and benefit from Road Ready.
John Morrow, owner of Pleasant Trucking in Connellsville, PA, experienced firsthand how the Road Ready system is able to communicate data from his trailers’ STEMCO devices by way of the SBI. When one of his trailers experienced a punctured tire and the STEMCO inflation system kicked on, Morrow says he was notified right away.
 

“I knew about it as soon as it happened,” he said. “I got a notification on my cell phone.”

                                            The punctured tire that caused the alert.
                          Photo courtesy of John Morrow, Pleasant Trucking
 
The SBI bridges OE trailer products and systems with Road Ready by broadcasting data to the cloud for review on Road Ready’s website, or even a fleet’s own existing dispatching software through the use of an API. Combined with Road Ready’s best-in-class battery life and sensor options, the SBI makes Road Ready the most dynamic, customizable and dependable trailer telematics solution available.
 
“What’s different about Road Ready is that we can tie different components on the trailer into the SBI,” Morrow said. “It’s more than just location. I can monitor tire pressure, what tires are taking air and how many miles I’m putting on the trailer.”
 
Road Ready dashboard identifying the faulty tire (right) and geo-location of the incident (left).
                                               Image courtesy of John Morrow, Pleasant Trucking
 
No other trailer telematics solution is able to transmit crucial systems data to a fleet dispatcher; instead, this data stops with the driver. With Road Ready’s SBI, data from a network of OE trailer products manufacturers is communicated straight to dispatch offices, allowing fleets to make proactive and strategic decisions and avoid costly downtime and CSA violations.
 
“With my previous [telematics] system, I would know that one of my tires or axles was taking air, but I’d have no clue which one,” Morrow said. “With Road Ready, I can integrate it with other STEMCO products that I use so I can tell which axle is taking air, which tire is taking air and what the pressure is in each tire.”
 
Truck-Lite’s Road Ready system is a solar-powered, wireless, multi-functional trailer monitoring solution that integrates existing trailer systems and is easily customizable for any fleet requirement. For more information, visit roadreadysystem.com.


Truck-Lite Co., LLC is headquartered in Falconer, New York, with additional U.S. manufacturing facilities in Wellsboro, Coudersport and McElhattan, Pennsylvania; Saline, Michigan; and Gilbert, Arizona. International facilities are located in Harlow and Birmingham England; and Puebla, Mexico. Truck-Lite is a leading producer of forward and safety lighting, wiring harness, mirror, fuel filtration and water separation, turn signal, safety accessories and telematics solutions to the medium- and heavy-duty truck, trailer and commercial vehicle industries.