Truck-Lite Co LLC, a leader in heavy-duty lighting and visibility systems, has announced its debut into the telematics market with the Road Ready trailer monitoring and communication system.

Unveiled at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting in Nashville TN, the Road Ready system creates the industry’s first true “smart” trailer with its solar-powered Master Control Unit (MCU). Combining military-grade solar power technology and a 10-year, quick-charging battery that can keep its charge for 60 days without any sunlight, the MCU continually monitors and cellularly transmits crucial data from customizable Road Ready sensors to an intuitive user interface--all without requiring power from a tractor.

“Truck-Lite is proud to say that we’ve listened to our customers,” said Roger Elmer, director of research and technology development for Truck-Lite. “As a result, we’re able to provide innovative solutions to fleets’ concerns such as maintaining CSA scores, complying with the Food Safety Modernization Act, keeping assets secure, and being more productive in general.”

The Road Ready system boasts a variety of wireless, peel-and-stick sensors that communicate with the MCU, relaying data regarding tire pressure; light-out detection; anti-lock brake system monitoring; unauthorized door openings; cargo fill/movement detection; temperature and auxiliary fuel levels for refrigerated trailers; trailer arrival and departure notifications; and GPS with Hypertracking capabilities. Unlike any other system, event-based data is reported in real time to a convenient, user-friendly desktop dashboard from a completely untethered control unit. And, with more sensors, the Road Ready system can be customized for any fleet solution.

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