Trucking and logistics giant Schneider Inc. said today it would upgrade its trailer and container tracking system through a deal with asset-tracking solution provider SkyBitz.
The technology will be the Green Bay, Wis.-based company's third-generation tracking system, and is intended to improve asset utilization and cargo visibility by using Herndon, Va.-based SkyBitz' Falcon GXT5002C device, a solar-powered global positioning system (GPS)-based asset management tool.
The Falcon GXT5002C reports on such real-time data points as arrival and departure times, inner yard movements, idle durations, and cargo-loaded or -unloaded events.
The system will improve efficiency by enabling drivers to quickly locate available empty trailers or containers with precise accuracy using their mobile devices, Schneider Executive Vice President and CIO Shaleen Devgun said in a statement.
Adopting the SkyBitz tracking equipment will also help Schneider's dispatchers, drivers, and customer service associates to make more timely, data-driven business decisions from a variety of desktop and mobile devices, the company said.
The announcement is Schneider's latest investment in advanced technology, following its 2017 announcement that it had reserved an unspecified number of electric-powered trucks from automaker Tesla Inc., and planned to use the Tesla Semis to improve fleet performance and sustainability when the truck begins production in 2019.