Mobile Reefer Monitoring for the Cold Chain

Dependable systems for monitoring temperatures in cold chains are critical for maintaining the integrity and adherence to regulations of cold chain elements, both during storage and while they are being transported to their final destination. In this whitepaper, we delve into the technologies behind mobile reefer tracking.

Mobile reefer tracking is essential for maintaining cold chain integrity and compliance with regulations during storage and transport. A new whitepaper (Reefer Tracking and Mobile Monitoring) discusses the technologies used in mobile reefer tracking, focusing on sensor-based and GNSS tracking. These technologies ensure that perishable items are monitored and maintained in optimal conditions throughout their journey, with devices customizable for specific business needs.

Wireless technology is becoming increasingly popular in reefer fleet management due to several advantages:

  1. Cost-Effective Installation: Wireless sensors are easier and cheaper to install compared to wired alternatives, which require extensive wiring and labor.
  2. Broader Application Compatibility: Wireless sensors are adaptable to various settings, including leased trailers, allowing more flexible integration of smart technology.
  3. Simplified Deployment and Expansion: These sensors are scalable and can be easily moved between vehicles, offering flexibility for large fleet operations.
  4. Lower Maintenance Costs: With fewer components, wireless sensors require less maintenance and are less prone to damage, reducing upkeep costs and risks of malfunction.

However, reefer units can access sensor data through built-in controllers, eliminating the need for extra sensors in containers or shipments.

Telematics in reefers provide significant benefits, enhancing maintenance efficiency, driver performance, and procurement strategy. Key advantages include:

  • Enhanced Operational Insight: Remote monitoring of asset location and conditions saves time and resources, improves fleet management, and reduces staff needs.
  • Minimizing Cargo Claims: Real-time tracking of reefer freight conditions helps prevent cargo spoilage and unauthorized access, leading to fewer insurance claims and a better fleet reputation.
  • Consolidating Data Sources: Integrating telematics data with other systems offers full supply chain visibility.
  • Benchmarking Equipment Efficacy: Data analysis supports procurement decisions, improving asset uptime and equipment life.
  • Enhancing Customer Relations: Telematics improves service quality, fostering customer trust and satisfaction.

Connectivity is essential when it comes to mobile reefer tracking and monitoring. Mobile IoT applications for tracking include:

  1. Tracking modules on international shipments.
  2. Embedded SIM cards in globally distributed products.

LTE-M is ideal for moderate data transmission with adequate bandwidth, cost-effectiveness, and battery longevity. NB-IoT, suitable for minimal data transmission, is highly energy-efficient and perfect for stationary low-power sensors.

The combination of NB-IoT and LTE-M in mobile reefer tracking enhances operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness. They offer easy installation, low maintenance, broad compatibility, and scalability, vital for dynamic fleet operations. By utilizing data from these telematics, fleet managers can make informed decisions for improved operational efficiency and long-term savings.