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Thermo King's BlueBox Lite enhances refrigeration unit connectivity, offering real-time data access and improved cold chain efficiency

Thermo King enhances refrigeration connectivity

Thermo King has unveiled its innovative BlueBox Lite telematics device. This new edition promises to boost the connectivity of vehicle-powered refrigeration units.

The advent of the BlueBox Lite provides a more economical solution for customers to procure not only temperature and positional data, but also key information from the control system of the vehicle-powered refrigeration units.

Such information may encompass setpoints, alarms, or operational hours. The device is equipped with 4G connectivity, enabling easy access to data through the Thermo King TracKing™ web portal, TK Reefer, or integration with a third-party platform or back-end system.

Key features of Thermo King’s BlueBox

Thermo King’s BlueBox Lite boasts several noteworthy features:

  • Access to near real-time data is made possible by a five-minute logging interval, which aids in improving response times.
  • It is a plug-and-play solution, thus reducing installation time and eliminating the need for a separate DataLogger to obtain temperature data. Unlike other telematics solutions that require temperature probes, the BlueBox Lite can be easily installed and directly connected to the refrigeration units’ controller.
  • It is an EN12830 compatible solution when paired with the optional TouchLog datalogger.
  • A 2-way command for SetPoint change enables remote control of the load temperature.

Improving cold chain efficiencies

“Connectivity is something not to be missed for companies looking to improve the efficiency of their cold chain operations,” said Mike McEnnis, Portfolio Leader Product Management.

“By introducing the BlueBox Lite telematics device for our V-Series, VX-Series and B-Series range, we want to make it easier for our customers to take advantage of the data and make their operations smarter. The BlueBox Lite is a plug-and-play, 4G solution that gives them a cost-efficient and easy way to receive real-time intelligence on the operation of their refrigerated vehicle.”

ORBCOMM advances cold chain telematics with temperature monitoring solution

ORBCOMM advances cold chain telematics with temperature monitoring solution

ORBCOMM advances cold chain telematics with temperature monitoring solution
ORBCOMM advances cold chain telematics with temperature monitoring solution

ORBCOMM, a leader in cold chain telematics, is set to revolutionise the European cold chain industry with its advanced temperature monitoring solution, the RT 8000. This innovative solution, expected to be available this summer, aims to enhance visibility, compliance, and cargo integrity for refrigerated vehicles operating across the region.

Improved connectivity

The RT 8000 solution automates operations for customers, offering improved connectivity, faster data access, and wireless sensors that enable digitisation of cold chain decision-making. It caters to various sectors such as food distribution, retail logistics, and pharmaceuticals, empowering operators to track and monitor their temperature-controlled cargo effectively.

As part of a comprehensive cold chain telematics package, the RT 8000 incorporates sensors, connectivity, and the state-of-the-art ORBCOMM platform. It facilitates comprehensive temperature monitoring, fuel management, preventative maintenance, remote control, and more, to reduce the need for frequent field replacements.

Shippers and carriers can make informed decisions in real time by leveraging real-time and historical data and event-based alerts, improving operational efficiency and ensuring regulatory compliance. This safeguards cargo integrity and minimises claims related to loss or damage.

Cold chain traceability 

The RT 8000 boasts enhanced connectivity, increased memory, and three embedded SIMs, enabling fleets to collect reefer data at higher speeds and cost-effective rates. Its future-proofed technology enhances reporting reliability and longevity, while improved compliance ensures adherence to the European standard supporting cold chain traceability.

With multiple new interfaces, the solution offers customers versatility in supporting various visibility, usage, productivity, security, and EBS/TMPS applications. Wireless sensor support for temperature and door monitoring and Tractor ID integration for automated tractor/trailer pairing simplifies installation and facilitates seamless upgrades to cold chain management.

No need for external power

Designed to withstand extreme environmental conditions, the ruggedised RT 8000 carries an IP67-rating and includes an internal battery backup for reporting without external power.

Christian Allred, ORBCOMM’s Executive Vice President of International Sales, expressed excitement about the RT 8000’s forthcoming launch in the European cold chain industry. He emphasised that the solution would provide refrigerated fleets with enhanced visibility, compliance, and operational control.

The improved connectivity, interoperability, and bandwidth of the RT 8000 enable fleets to access more data, make quicker control decisions, and reduce the risk of cargo spoilage, ultimately driving improvements in their bottom line.

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