Trailer Tracking vs Rig Tracking


Why You May Need To Track Both The Rig And The Trailer


I was talking to the owner of a small but growing transportation company the other day who was thinking about implementing a GPS tracking solution for the first time.  They had several trailers and a few trucks, and were trying to decide exactly what they wanted to track.  Up to now they had been using an app on the driver’s phone to track the shipping status, which kinda sorta worked some of the time, but had too many issues to continue to use as the company grew.

As we began to talk over the tracking requirements for the business, the conversation eventually came around to whether the company should track the trailers, their rigs, or both. This particular company owns several tractor rigs, and also contracts jobs out to independent contractors.  The company owned most of the trailers that they used, although occasionally they end up hauling another company’s trailer from A to B.  In the end, they decided to put trackers on both the trailer and the rig.  Although this was obviously more expensive, being able to verify in real time which trailer was (or was not) attached to any given rig was a huge advantage to them.

There is no one right answer to this question, at least for the industry as a whole.  Some companies own all of their tractor rigs, some own a portion, and some companies own zero rigs.  There are good reasons for each business model, and finding the right mix of rig tracking and trailer tracking hardware can be a little tricky if you don’t talk to someone who’s been around the industry for a while.

And what about tracking the cargo itself?  We are looking at an innovative piece of technology for that very task.

What about your company?  What assets are you tracking?


About Don Sesler

Don Sesler is the Owner and President of Sageplan Technology Services. While being the “company quarterback” does take up some of his time, Don still prefers the role of technologist, helping his customers improve the efficiency and productivity of their fleet operations.

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