HERNDON, Va. & ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--XTRA Lease, the leading provider of over-the-road trailer equipment rental and leasing, and Telular, the leader in IoT Telematics solutions, today announced that XTRA Lease is installing the SkyBitz GXT5000 solar-powered fleet management system on over 50,000 of its over-the-road dry vans and reefers, including approximately 9,000 new trailers purchased this year. The GXT5000 series operates on the 3G/4G and LTE cellular networks and is ideal for operations that require near real-time reporting on the status of trailers. The trailer tracking solution, powered by SkyBitz, helps improve asset allocation and enhances logistics and security for XTRA Lease customers.
“We’re excited about this latest leap forward in trailer tracking, which we make available to all customers to help them better manage their rental and lease trailers,” said Bill Franz, President and CEO of XTRA Lease. “One of the most important services we can deliver to fleets is the ability to identify dormant and under-utilized rental trailers. That way, fleet managers can target low-use trailers and return them to XTRA Lease or deploy them elsewhere in their operation. Our new trailer tracking dashboard takes this concept to a new level.
“We’re also excited about the improved battery performance achieved with the solar-powered SkyBitz product,” Franz added. “Customers require outstanding battery performance. In fact, we believe today trailer tracking without solar power is like spaghetti without meatballs.”
XTRA Lease and SkyBitz have also collaborated to create a new web-based portal that delivers the critical trailer tracking data needed by fleet managers to better manage their rental and leasing fleets. The new XTRA Lease trailer tracking portal features:
- Near real-time, dynamic location reporting - trailers report in at the beginning and end of every trip and at 30-minute intervals when they’re moving. They report in daily when not moving.
- A robust dashboard. Dormancy, utilization, a list of trailers, a map of current trailer locations and counts, and more are clearly displayed on one page.
- Custom landmarks and trailer groups that enable fleet managers to track what’s important to their operation.
- Interactive mapping powered by Google that displays the current locations of trailers and number of trailers at each location.
All services are free on rented and leased over-the-road trailers from XTRA Lease and accessible via xtralease.com.
“We are proud to have been chosen by XTRA Lease, the leader in the rental and leasing market, to meet their customers’ fleet management needs,” said Henry Popplewell, President, Telular IoT Telematics. “It is exciting to see how a deployment of this magnitude will be completed in 12 months due, in large part, to the SkyBitz Deployment Services Team and their many years of experience coordinating and managing large scale installations.”
The new XTRA Lease trailer tracking solution powered by SkyBitz will be on display at the XTRA Lease booth #435 and the SkyBitz booth #629 at NPTC 2017 in Cincinnati, OH, April 30 – May 2.
About XTRA Lease
Based in St. Louis and owned by Berkshire Hathaway, XTRA Lease is a leading provider of over-the-road trailers for rent or lease in the U.S. With more than 50 North American locations, the company offers a fleet of about 80,000 trailers, including dry vans, flatbeds, reefers, storage trailers, chassis and other specialty equipment. For more information, visit www.xtralease.com.
SkyBitz, Telular’s flagship brand for IoT Telematics solutions, is a leader in commercial telematics solutions across multiple vertical industry sectors, providing real-time information on the location and status of assets. More than a thousand enterprises rely on SkyBitz technology to achieve total asset visibility, improved security, lower operating and capital expenses, and enhanced customer service. SkyBitz delivers its solution via a secure web-based application and requires no software downloads. For additional information, visit www.skybitz.com.