Phillips Connect Technologies (PCT) announced the launch and demonstrated the capabilities of its TrailerNet™, ChassisNet™, and ContainerNet™ transportation technology platforms during a press conference held March 17, in conjunction with ATA’s Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) 2019 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.
Phillips Connect Technologies’ trailer telematics solutions address many of the major challenges facing transportation providers and will bring transformational improvements. “I can tell you from my fleet experience that unexpected downtime, CSA violations, logistical inefficiencies, and component failures all negatively impact a fleet,” explained Gerry Mead, executive director of innovation. “The PCT product platforms address all those issues.”
Each of the platform product packages demonstrated during TMC is designed to communicate and integrate into one master channel of information about components, activity, and conditions that fleets require to make sound operational and business decisions. PCT is partnering with industry leaders to bring data communication on a wide range of components to the end user.
All PCT telematic solutions have access to the company’s proprietary user interface that provides customized dashboards, maps, maintenance summaries, and detailed reports. PCT’s open platform strategy is based on the premise that customers want choices and every company has its own unique needs. As a result, a major advantage PCT has to offer are its proprietary Business Intelligence (BI) tools, a professional service that includes consultations with industry insiders to map out and design detailed analytical reporting based on fleet specific Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). “Something that had really stuck out to us during the development of our smart assets, was that suppliers are building out these smart components, and then simply dumping all of this data on the fleets to sort through and try to make sense of,” explained Mead. “Therefore, we developed these exclusive BI tools, because we didn’t want our smart system and components to be cumbersome, we wanted the fleet to see their actual ROI in a live format. Through these tools, fleets can set up customizable plans, in accordance with their KPIs, and get live interactive analytical reporting whenever they want. With PCT doing the leg work for the fleets, this is where the rubber hits the road.”
The PCT product portfolio includes:
- TrailerNet Gateway with wired or wireless communication from trailer components: Available now are the GPS and the Plus package which comes standard with GPS, geofencing, trailer mileage, and 7-way voltage reporting. It has the option to add nine additional compatible sensors, such as door sensors and cargo sensors.
- ChassisNet Gateway with wired or wireless communication from trailer components: The GPS, Plus, and Pro packages are available now. The Plus package offers options to add seven compatible sensors, and the PRO package, eight compatible sensors.
- ContainerNet Gateway with wired or wireless communication from trailer components: The GPS and Plus packages are available now. The Plus package offers options to add four compatible sensors, such as door and cargo sensors.
And for fleets not quite ready for the ultimate telematics solution, PCT also introduced EZTrac™ and AssetTrac™ which are easy to install requiring no special tools:
- EZTrac™ is a GPS tracker integrated into an easy-to-install plug-and-play harness piece.
- AssetTrac™ is a battery-powered asset tracker with an internal motion sensor and BLE which can send periodic reports or report on motion. Batteries will last up to five years with one report per day or three years with a report on movement.
“We are extremely excited to show our industry what the PCT team has developed to really meet the current and future needs of fleet operators; we didn’t just imitate what’s out there, we are transforming the telematics space because Phillips is a leader, not a follower,” commented Rob Phillips, CEO Phillips Connect Technologies. “We’ve been diligent about listening to what fleets want from the new world of telematics. If you can harness all the possibilities from this new technology, it truly can be game-changing, and we think we’ve gone a long way in doing that. It’s true when I say that we are not just another telematics company.”
PCT’s unique open product platform roadmap will significantly reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of fleet assets. Ultimately, the deployment of the PCT product will demonstrate a measurable return on investment (ROI) to the fleet owner. Extensive interactive BI and ROI tools give fleets the analytics that can show real-time savings.
Phillips Connect Technologies products will be on display in Booth # 2132 during TMC exhibition hours. PCT representatives will be available to answer questions.
About Phillips Connect Technologies
Phillips Connect Technologies (PCT) is a stand-alone company within the Phillips Technologies Group portfolio of companies. PCT has developed industrial IoT sensor interface technology that is being widely deployed in the commercial transportation space. These open system platforms consolidate smart components onto one central hub, using one data plan to deliver actionable alerts to the driver, and customizable fleet management dashboards to the fleet’s operations or dispatch teams. The products are designed to improve overall safety and security, reduce costs in fleet maintenance and dramatically enhance fleet asset utilization. Product platforms include TrailerNet™, ContainerNet™, and ChassisNet™. Visit www.phillips-connect.com for more information.
About Phillips Industries
Since 1928, Phillips Industries has been recognized as a leading innovator and manufacturer of advanced electrical and air brake system components, as well as electronic solutions for communicating vehicle data to fleets and their drivers for the commercial truck and trailer industry. Phillips’ products are standard on nearly 100% of Class 8 trucks, more than 50% of all trailers manufactured in North America, and can be purchased at virtually all premium distributors. Phillips has manufacturing and distribution facilities throughout the US and Canada, as well as Mexico, China, and Europe. Phillips maintains active membership in key industry associations including American Trucking Association, SAE, Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association, Heavy Duty Manufacturing Association and various state trucking associations. Their manufacturing facilities have earned the top-quality accreditations including ISO/TS 16949 and ISO 14001 as well as multiple prestigious customer awards from Daimler, NAPA, and many others. Visit www.phillipsind.com for more information.