Rand McNally announced that its DriverConnect platform now supports the tracking of assets, whose locations are visible via a single log-in to the DriverConnect web portal.
The company also unveiled two tracking devices that transmit precise locations whether the trackers are in motion or still.
The tracking solution is launching as it becomes increasingly important for fleet owners and managers to understand where their cargo is at all times – whether to inform a customer of whereabouts, locate a missing or stolen trailer, or even confirm the presence of an asset in a yard.
“We continue to enhance our dynamic DriverConnect fleet-management solution with a variety of features and benefits that make fleet managers’ lives better,” said Stephen Fletcher, CEO of Rand McNally. “Today, we are pleased to announce the addition of asset tracking to this platform. Transportation companies have asked us to provide seamless trailer, container and high-value asset tracking within our DriverConnect solution so that they can access this new functionality from within the same environment that they already know.”
Asset tracking is the latest option available on Rand McNally’s DriverConnect platform, which offers mix-and-match fleet-management tools for compliance, reporting, navigation, productivity and analytics.
With the tracking service, which can be added to a company’s monthly DriverConnect subscription – or used as a stand-alone product – Rand McNally offers two models of tracking devices: A battery-powered model (AssetTracker B100) and a rechargeable solar version with battery backup (AssetTracker S100).
Both models are designed to work in extreme weather conditions, and installation takes less than 10 minutes, according to the company. Each model comes pre-configured and ready to go.
A single log-in to the DriverConnect platform provides access to on-screen mapping and location information plus up to six months of tracking data and reporting. Managers can set up custom geofences in order to receive an email alert when an asset moves, enters or exits a designated boundary. The trackers send their location when idle and in motion using a built-in cellular modem that runs on a 4G LTE network.