Rise of the Smart Trailer

Advances in telematics and data analytics are redefining the technology-enabled freight trailer.

The proliferation of inexpensive sensor tags, cameras and data collection hubs combined with real-time reporting and the transition to faster wireless networks have greatly enhanced trailer monitoring capabilities.

These changes are driving a new generation of “smart” trailers that are gathering far more data and business intelligence than just a few years ago.

And with that has come a significant shift in how fleets can manage, measure, allocate and optimize an asset that was once dismissed as “just a dumb box” but is now increasingly recognized as a key factor in supply chain velocity — one that is ripe for improvement.