Truck-Lite Co., LLC, a worldwide leader in heavy-duty lighting and visibility systems, has announced its debut into the telematics market with the Road Ready™ trailer monitoring and communication system – the most complete trailer telematics solution in the industry.
Unveiled at TMC’s annual meeting in Nashville, TN, the Road Ready system creates the industry’s first true “smart” trailer with its solar-powered Master Control Unit (MCU). Using military-grade solar power technology and a 10-year, quick-charging battery that can keep its charge for 60 days
without any sunlight, the MCU continually monitors and cellularly transmits crucial data from customizable Road Ready sensors to an intuitive user interface – all without requiring power from a tractor.
“Truck-Lite is proud to say that we’ve listened to the voice of the customer,” said Roger Elmer,
director of research and technology development for Truck-Lite. “As a result, we’re able to provide innovative solutions to fleets’ concerns such as maintaining CSA scores, complying with the Food Safety Modernization Act, keeping assets secure and being more productive in general.” The Road Ready system boasts a variety of wireless, peel-and-stick sensors that communicate with the MCU, relaying data regarding tire pressure; light-out detection; anti-lock brake system monitoring; unauthorized door openings; cargo fill/movement detection; temperature and auxiliary fuel levels for refrigerated trailers; trailer arrival and departure notifications; and GPS with Hypertracking™ capabilities. Unlike any other system, event-based data is reported in real time to a convenient, user-friendly desktop dashboard from a completely untethered control unit. And, with more sensors than any other option available, the Road Ready system can be customized for any fleet solution.
“Our primary focus is to help drivers and the fleets that they serve to operate in full compliance of all safety standards,” said Brian Kupchella, president and CEO of Truck-Lite. “This product line is the result of multiple initiatives by Truck-Lite’s research group over the past 18 months, and this expansion into the telematics industry fits our mission to be a true See & Be Seen® company.” In addition to reporting up-to-the-minute alerts from crucial areas of road-readiness, the Road Ready system also maximizes an organization’s efficiency by expediting the pre-trip inspection process – something even the best drivers don’t always complete. Road Ready communicates key data points to the dashboard, even when a trailer is sitting in a yard. As a result, fleets can confidently dispatch trailers known to be free of issues, ensuring driver safety and more uptime while avoiding costly CSA violations.
“From operational improvements to reduced CSA scores, Road Ready can boost a fleet’s financial performance as well,” Elmer said. “The system helps fleets get their trailers in true road-ready condition and maintain sustainability.”
Truck-Lite’s Road Ready system is a solar-powered, wireless, multi-functional monitoring solution and is easily customizable for any fleet requirement. For more information, visit www.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; Gilbert, Arizona; and Nashville, Tennessee. International facilities are located in Harlow and Birmingham England; Puebla, Mexico; and Eisenach, Germany. Truck-Lite is a major producer of safety lighting, forward lighting, wiring harnesses, mirrors, turn signal switches and safety accessories to the heavy-duty truck, trailer and commercial vehicle industries.