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SkyBitz Launches Solar-powered Asset-tracking Solution

November 3, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Equipment, Technology
SkyBitz Launches Solar-powered Asset-tracking Solution

SkyBitz, a leader in commercial IoT telematics through application-specific analytics platforms, has released its Falcon GXT5000, a new solar-powered global positioning satellite (GPS) asset-tracking solution.

The SkyBitz Falcon GXT5000 is the next generation of the company’s machine-to-machine (M2M) asset-tracking solutions on 3G/4G cellular networks. The solution delivers the visibility required to optimize operations within transportation, intermodal shipments, and other markets that rely on mobile assets.

KKW Trucking, a Pomona, Calif.-based truckload carrier operating in 11 western states has upgraded its fleet of more than 1,000 dry-van trailers with the Falcon GXT5000. Long service life, easy install and hassle-free asset tracking were attractive design features that led KKW Trucking to adopting the solar-based product. KKW is using the Falcon GXT5000 to gain better visibility and utilization over its trailers.

Brandon Krueger, IT director at KKW Trucking, said, “Because the GXT5000 uses solar power to charge its batteries, we don’t have to worry about switching those out anymore. In addition to evolving its products, SkyBitz has provided us with a consultative service approach throughout our partnership, it has been an exceptional customer experience.”

A key benefit of the Falcon GXT5000 is the longevity of service life it can provide through its solar-powered panels without replacing batteries. The Falcon GXT5000 is configurable over-the-air and provides on-demand reporting. Using analytic dashboards and reports provided by SkyBitz, customers can improve on-time deliveries and reduce time wasted searching for available trailers/assets, thereby reducing driver frustration.

The Falcon GXT5000 helps better serve SkyBitz customers with actionable information that helps them identify areas to cut costs and avoid capital expenditures through better utilization of existing assets.

Additional features of the Falcon GXT5000 include:

  • A low-profile, self-contained, rugged design
  • Reliable power efficiency for extended service life
  • Reporting for 90-120 days without direct exposure to sunlight
  • Easy and flexible installation (less than 15 minutes on average to install)
  • Supports cargo status data via sensors
  • More intelligent and responsive self-diagnostics, allowing for over-the-air troubleshooting.

“We developed the Falcon GXT5000 to provide our customers with the ultimate long-lasting and hassle-free asset management solution,” said Henry Popplewell, president of SkyBitz. “The high demand from our customers tells us that we’ve accomplished those objectives with this product.”