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Getting the Right Message

Getting the Right Message

Data and connectivity is vital to the running of a modern trucking operation and getting the right message about board data on a vehicle can be vital for compliance and/or safety, but some systems can be compromised.

In the complex realm of fleet operations where efficiency and safety are critical, Bluetooth wireless technology, though useful in some scenarios, often falls short in effectively pairing trucks with their trailers.

This shortfall is particularly evident when the length of a vehicle surpasses the operational range of the wireless device, leading to persistent connectivity problems with the last trailer in a combination, and often resulting in vehicles being non-compliant with Performance Based Standards (PBS) or Smart On-Board Mass (OBM) conditions.

Additionally, the laborious process of manually selecting and pairing wireless devices with each trailer can be overwhelming and time consuming for drivers. More worryingly, research has shown drivers often neglect or forget to use the necessary applications, again resulting in noncompliance with permits, PBS and Smart OBM requirements.

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On the surface, low-cost wireless OBM solutions might seem attractive due to their affordability, but their drawbacks become apparent when they are installed and put into use. These shortfalls often result in placing undue stress on drivers, compromising operational efficiency, and potentially leading to safety concerns and compliance issues within fleet operations. The apparent initial savings can be overshadowed by the long-term operational challenges and risks they introduce.

Air-Weigh uses a transformative solution

Unlike traditional hardwired systems, the Air-Weigh system eliminates the need for additional cabling between trucks and trailers, utilising the pre-existing 7-pin electrical suzie coils that power the lights. As a result, the operation essentially becomes ‘wireless’, making it effortless for drivers who only need to ensure that the mandatory 7-Pin electrical suzie coil is connected.

Air-Weigh’s world leading advanced system also automatically assigns trailers in the correct order every single time, ensuring that every truck-trailer configuration complies with the company’s PBS permits without any driver input. It’s as simple as this: No extra cables (effectively wireless), and no driver input beyond turning the ignition key.

Moreover, the system enables ‘hot swapping’ of trucks and trailers in the fleet. No need to worry about pairing or reprogramming trucks and trailers again, it’s all about plug and play, whether truck to trailer or trailer to trailer.

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“Air-Weigh does reduce driver distraction, but creates a safer environment,” say Ben Harris, Head of Sales and Operations eMax. “Without the need for expensive mobile phones or tablets and data/phone contracts, it lowers the risk of on-road distractions and significantly enhances safety.

“Air-Weigh understands the crucial role telematics play in modern fleet operations. Therefore, Air-Weigh is compatible with all telematics providers approved by Transport Certification Australia (TCA), offering a flexibility most OBM providers can’t match.”

“Air-Weigh brings the future of fleet management to your doorstep, accommodating everything from small fleets to those numbering in the thousands. Embrace the ease of use, enhance safety, and ensure seamless fleet operations with Air-Weigh’s unparalleled OBM solutions. Email info@air-weigh.com.au and speak with an Air-Weigh Specialist today.”

 

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