Company’s innovative ‘Smart Trailer’ solution set to transform cargo fleet efficiency
Waterloo, ON – September 22, 2016 – Today BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global software leader in securing, connecting and mobilizing enterprises, announced its end-to-end asset tracking solution, BlackBerry® Radar™, has been deployed with Caravan Transport Group Inc. Built on the company’s cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) software platform, BlackBerry Radar is an innovative ‘Smart Trailer’ software and hardware solution that will enable one of Canada’s premier, cross-border transportation carriers to receive rich information to help improve efficiency and overall utilization of its fleet.
Installed in minutes, the BlackBerry Radar device includes an intelligent array of sensors that collects and reports readings more often than any other self-powered solution on the market today. Real-time trailer and cargo status details include the location of trailers and cargo, the status of the trailer door being opened or closed, whether the trailers are empty or loaded, temperature, humidity and much more. Furthermore, all data is communicated securely to the IoT cloud platform maintaining the privacy of the user’s data. Caravan’s fleet operation managers, load planners, and dispatchers can securely access this information stored in the cloud from a notebook, desktop, tablet or smartphone equipped with a web browser for immediate analysis, decision-making and reporting – ultimately making profitable decisions for the organization and bringing added value to its customers.
“Taking time, money and guesswork out of the supply chain is a top priority for leaders across the transportation and logistics industry,” said Derek Kuhn, senior vice president of IoT for BlackBerry. “The current method of obtaining information about a trailer or intermodal container no longer works in today’s connected world, because this data is typically not real-time or updated frequently enough to make timely decisions. To solve this issue, BlackBerry leveraged its extensive technology portfolio and deep expertise in security, mobility and enterprise software to innovate and develop BlackBerry Radar, which is designed to bring decision makers and operators near real-time information, analytics and reports to boost operational efficiencies.”
“Running a fleet of ‘Smart Trailers’ has been a vision of ours for a while, but it wasn’t until we met with BlackBerry did we think it could come to fruition,” said John Iwaniura, president, of the Caravan Group of Companies. “We have been in the transportation industry for a long time and have yet to see any solution as comprehensive, compact, easy to use and useful as BlackBerry Radar.”