Today’s Pickup: vHub trailer-sharing platform now integrates with telematics systems

Trailer tracking

Good day,

The recently launched trailer-sharing marketplace vHub announced that its platform can now be integrated with fleet telematics and trailer-tracking systems. This integration will allow for an exact GPS-based location of available units and actual mileage, the company said.

“It benefits fleet or trailer owners and renters, and their drivers, when our new integration capability with any telematics system provides exact trailer locations in the vHub platform,” said Francis Roy, vice president of vHub. “Having a high level of confidence about exactly where trailers are located allows owners to keep track of assets they are making available for repositioning and sharing. It also helps eliminate time spent searching yards for trailers and lets fleets and drivers enhance their ability to use available hours-of-service productively.”

A web application and mobile app help connect customers and the interface allows users to post trailers that may need to be moved or are sitting idle. It is searchable to help users find the exact trailer they are looking for, and if an exact match is not found, vHub will suggest trailers that have similar characteristics that might work.

The new integrations will help identify trailers that are not in use so owners can begin to generate revenue from underutilized equipment. The company added that the “automated, accurate, and faster process of telematics integration in the vHub platform also leads to improved transparency for billing based on detention time and distance traveled.”

The integration is designed to work with any industry trailer-tracking system and only requires that trailer owners enter a unique ID when listing equipment in their vHub account. vHub then accesses the trailer’s GPS location via an API with the telematics system provider’s cloud-based solution. After a trailer is reserved in vHub’s web portal, its location information is available to the driver on a mobile app.

“Regardless of the telematics system they are using, trailer owners remain in complete control of the units they are making available in the vHub collaborative sharing platform,” said Roy. “This capability adds to the value of the owners’ investment in tracking solutions. It also builds our trailer-sharing community that helps the North American trucking industry get the most productivity out of its fleet.”

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Hammer down, everyone!