BlackBerry has long been pursuing the deployment of its Radar, or “Smart Trailer” software with trucking fleets.
The company announced Thursday that the Canadian cross-border transportation carrier Caravan Transport Group will integrate Radar into its service to receive insights and instigate efficiency across its fleet.
Once installed, Caravan Transport, an Oakville-based cross-border freight carrier, is BlackBerry Radar’s first customer and has installed the system in 500 of its carriers before rolling out the system in its fleet of 1500.
Radar is an IoT, cloud-based platform that will serve as an asset-tracking solution that includes intelligent sensors that collect and report readings such as real time trailer and cargo location as well as open and closed doors.
The two-piece, self-powered device mounts to the rear door of a trailer or container. The device contains antennas and an interior sensor that monitors temperature, humidity, and whether a trailer is empty or loaded, reports the Financial Post.
Radar takes approximately 10 minutes to install, and once installed, reads reports every five minutes and uploads reports roughly every 15 minutes. It works with either a 2G, 3G or 4G connection.
“Taking time, money and guesswork out of the supply chain is a top priority for leaders across the transportation and logistics industry. 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,” said Derek Kuhn, senior vice president of IoT for BlackBerry.
” 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,”
IoT, cloud and mobility platforms are part of BlackBerry’s commitment to licensing out and monetizing its software, since its security systems are still highly regarded. However, recent leaks of a potential DTEK60 suggest that they have yet to give up on hardware.