Telemotion helps temperature-controlled shippers keep their cool


The Telemotion system communicates wirelessly and in real-time, linking time and location with temperature data, to a secure website or integrated direct to the office-based computer system.

It also triggers in-cab alarms if the consignment temperature rises or falls outside set parameters.

The system consists of a one-cable temperature sensor bus with up to ten internal and two external temperature sensors. It can be installed quickly and easily, either factory built or retro-fitted, without any fuss over cables, no wireless sensors or battery changes.

"Full history tracking of a consignment is becoming increasingly important," says Seppo Häkkinen, managing director of M-Motion. "People do not want to deal with portable data loggers or watch monitors all the time, but they do want to know when something is about to go wrong, and have the ability to verify the facts when authorities and customers question the integrity of the transport operation."

A comprehensive self-diagnostics is incorporated and any fault is displayed and communicated immediately. The temperature bus is connected to the controller/display unit, no batteries required, and the system automatically detects if the truck supply is 12 V or 24 V. Automatic summer/winter- time adjustment is incorporated in the real-time clock.

The transport temperature range can be set by the customer. Information provided by Telemotion includes the identity of driver and the vehicle hauling the load; when it was picked up and when it was dispatched; which designated route was used and any variations from that route; and the temperature of the cargo throughout its journey.

The Telemotion system provides real-time, automatic communications between the vehicle and the transport office or fleet manager via wireless. Satellite ‘location strings' pinpoint where events actually happened, allowing data to include whether the consignment was in storage or in transit by inextricably linking the vehicle with its load. All data is logged and recorded and can be used by the fleet manager to prepare detailed reports.

Through the in-cab alarm system the truck driver receives instant data that may allow preventative action before the consignment is damaged, and this alarm is also communicated to the office-based systems.

"Transport operators are under increasing pressure to safeguard their loads and this is especially true where the cargo is medical supplies, medicines or high-value chilled or frozen foods," said Häkkinen.

"The Telemotion system not only provides peace of mind, but also the information to prevent unwarranted claims and increased costs."

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