On October 14, Phillips Connect delivered its 150,000th smart-trailer gateway, creating significant productivity, safety, and cost savings gains for fleets using its cutting-edge transportation technology and generating an unparalleled level of actionable data from its Connect1 platform, the company stated.
Phillips Connect has also shipped more than 1 million sensors that link up to its gateways. Bundled with advanced GPS and geofence location services, the Phillips Connect gateways, including its Smart7, StealthNet, and SolarNet, operate on the open source Connect1 platform, giving fleets all the data they need in one place. This gives fleets the power to assess the health of their trailers before and during a trip, and to analyze trends to make smarter decisions about their overall equipment needs.
Fleet recognition of the Phillips Connect total trailer monitoring approach has resulted in 40% year-over-year growth for the company. The current milestone was reached after a record third quarter when the company shipped over 36,000 devices to some of the largest fleets in North America.
Phillips Connect developed a comprehensive, integrated telematics platform that monitors and reports the health of an entire trailer so fleets know where their equipment is, if they are available to move freight, or if attention is needed to fix a problem before dispatch. Once on the road, trailers outfitted with the Phillips Connect smart-trailer systems continuously report data from primary functions to ensure they are performing to their maximum potential.
“This milestone is much more than just a big number,” said Rob Phillips, founder and CEO. “There are still a few ‘basic GPS’ telematics companies that have a larger install-base than we have, but we’re so much more than a ‘Where’s my trailer?’ company. We’ve fought hard to successfully demonstrate that, and the market is listening. Our fast growth represents a huge shift in trucking, where the top fleets are now profiting from the value we’ve created by moving past basic GPS and into full smart-trailers. And they’re spreading the message about the impact we’re making.”
Typical benefits that have created faster return on investment spent from fleets are the result of improved overall trailer health, a dramatic increase in tire life, lower percentages of empty trailers, significant increase in detention revenues, and accurate utilization data, according to the company. This leads to right-sizing fleets and avoiding the need to purchase additional hard-to-get and expensive new trailers.