J B Hunt Transport Services Inc has chosen ORBCOMM Inc to equip its 90,000-plus intermodal and over-the-road (OTR) trailing fleets with end-to-end tracking and monitoring.
ORBCOMM will provide J B Hunt a comprehensive telematics solution that gives visibility to the location and status for multiple classes of trailing equipment. Each unit will be equipped with a solar-rechargeable GPS tracking device and a full-length sensor to determine the presence or absence of cargo inside the trailing unit. This will increase operational efficiency, reduce cargo theft and decrease unauthorized use of assets.
“We’ve already identified numerous areas within our operation where we will see immediate benefits in efficiency,” said Terry Matthews, executive vice-president and president of J B Hunt’s intermodal division. “End-to-end visibility to the entire supply chain is the new expectation, and as a technology leader in the industry, we are excited to provide this service to our customers.”
By fully equipping its 53-foot trailing fleet with ORBCOMM’s products, J B Hunt will gain insight and control over every facet of its operation. The integration of real-time location and cargo status information into J B Hunt 360, the company’s transportation management system, will help drive out operational inefficiencies while maximizing customer visibility into the life cycle of their orders.
“We are pleased to have been selected by J B Hunt as their premier telematics provider and to provide them with a custom solution for their intermodal and OTR trailing equipment,” said Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM chief executive officer. “During more than a year of piloting our best-in-class asset tracking and monitoring solution with J B Hunt, we have worked together to find ways to achieve operational efficiencies, installation optimization, asset utilization, and ROI benefits for a fleet of J B Hunt’s size.”
J B Hunt will begin deploying ORBCOMM’s solutions across its fleet immediately and will continue throughout 2017.