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SAN DIEGO — Trailer-tracking provider SkyBitz and in-cab technology supplier Omnitracs have formed a partnership to offer expanded fleet management services to joint customers, the companies announced Oct. 7.
The new offering will combine the information collected by in-cab telematics devices and trailer telematics systems to provide customers of Omnitracs and SkyBitz with more insights into their operations, the technology firms said.
This “marriage of the truck and the trailer” will open up new opportunities to improve fleet performance and profitability, SkyBitz President Henry Popplewell said during an interview here for Transport Topics’ RoadSigns podcast.
That begins with simply ensuring that the right tractor connects to the right trailer.
“That’s been a source of frustration many times for big fleets and also for their drivers — not knowing clearly that the vehicle I’m driving is connected to the appropriate trailer,” Popplewell said.
Our president, Henry Popplewell, giving a great interview for @TransportTopics‘ podcast at ATA. If you are here come check out our new booth #4037.#ATAMCE19 #trailertracking #industrynews pic.twitter.com/sdqsJFTC3P
— SkyBitz (@SkyBitz) October 7, 2019
The consolidation of data across the vendors’ platforms also will accelerate the development of data analytics and business process automation, the companies said.
Through the partnership, SkyBitz not only will be an outside vendor but also a co-developer within Omnitracs’ next-generation platform, Omnitracs One, Popplewell added.
“Integrating SkyBitz trailer-tracking solutions with our fleet capabilities allows us to continue to focus on the open platform strategy of Omnitracs One and the consolidation of data with the platform across the value chain,” Omnitracs CEO Ray Greer said in a statement.
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