The new FleetLocate Cargo Sensor features the company’s IntelliScan sensing technology, which uses a combination of sensing methods – including optical imaging and laser time of flight – to provide trailer fleet managers with a more precise picture of what is inside every trailer.
“The accuracy of IntelliScan technology is vastly superior to anything on the market today, and the industry has been in dire need of a better solution for cargo monitoring,” says Rick Gruenhagen, chief technology officer at Spireon. “Our new cargo sensor can deliver the precise readings trailer managers need, saving time, reducing detention, and maximizing resources to drive bottom line results.”
The current industry standard in cargo sensors — ultrasonic detection – is heavily impacted by conditions inside the trailer, such as temperature, humidity, cargo type and distance between the sensor and cargo. For example, says the company, cargo that includes soft materials like foam or cotton absorb sonic waves, affecting accuracy of readings, and any material that is placed directly against an ultrasonic sensor blocks sonic waves, potentially indicating a full cargo load by mistake.
The FleetLocate Cargo Sensor is designed to resolve these issues by combining multiple sensors within a single device and by adding processing power to the sensors themselves. IntelliScan uses lasers for time-of-flight measurement, eliminating problems associated with cargo type and proximity.
However, lasers alone have range limitations, so, the company says, they also incorporated a camera in the device, making the new cargo sensor the first to combine time of flight and optical imaging with advanced algorithms to accurately detect cargo load. As a result, the solution will capture an entire 53-foot trailer, regardless of environmental conditions or varying cargo types.
“All other cargo sensors use only one type of technology and very limited processing capability,” says Reza Hemmati, senior director of product management at Spireon. “Our new IntelliScan-based cargo sensor is a powerful computer in itself, utilizing advanced algorithms to perform analysis of laser and optical readings in real-time.”
With IntelliScan technology and FleetLocate’s advanced reporting and alerts, says the company, trailer operators will be able to better monitor cargo, manage detention, and improve service to shippers, maximizing trailer utilization and accelerating turns. Further, the use of optical imaging paves the way for potential future enhancements that support photo capture or real-time visualization of trailer contents.
FleetLocate Cargo Sensors are already installed with a select group of the company’s customers, and are expected to be generally available in Q3 2018.