AARHUS, DENMARK, October 25, 2011– Trials and feedback have resulted in an improved and a more powerful ProAct™ Transport solution (see photo).
Improvements based on technical development and feedback from trials
Since the launch of the ProAct™ Transport concept and the RMM+ remote monitoring modem in 2009, we have been running extensive trials with numerous reefer container operators.
Based on feedback from these trials, we have now introduced a series of improvements to the system, including the addition of 3G capability and the launch of a flat-rate telecommunications package for monitoring, tracking and control.
The RMM+ modem added GSM/GPRS and now 3G functionality, as well as GPS and Bluetooth technologies, to the established REFCON remote monitoring modem (RMM), which communicates via the reefer power cables using the ISO 10368 high data rate transmission standard.
While the REFCON system, which was introduced in the early 1990s, is designed to monitor reefer containers onboard container vessels and in container terminals, ProAct™ Transport and RMM+ allows reefers to be monitored, tracked and managed when they are travelling inland by truck or rail as well.
Faster update of controller software secures a higher customer satisfaction, cost savings and rapid download of datalogger
The GSM/GPRS/3G functionality enables virtual on-line connection to the RMM+ modem to allow for real-time monitoring of alarms, exceptions and regular operations data, allowing the operator to address any issues immediately.
Through the GPS functionality, the system also provides geofencing capabilities, allowing enhanced fleet management and improved asset utilization, while the addition of a Bluetooth interface has facilitated the uploading or downloading of large amounts of data through a free-of-charge communication channel.
This allows faster update of controller software to take advantage of new, cost saving container controller algorithms, and rapid download of datalogger data to document trip history for customers or authorities.
The Bluetooth interface can now also be used as a low-cost method of monitoring reefer containers. By using Emerson´s handheld RDC+ REFCON Data Collector during an inspection round, the user can collect data without any additional infrastructure, thereby ensuring the containers are reliably monitored and the cargo condition is safe and documented. While still requiring manual inspection, the RDC+ solution is aimed at feeder operators and smaller port locations where the fully automated remote monitoring solutions provided by RMM/REFCON or the full ProAct™ Transport/RMM+ concept may be too comprehensive for the purpose.
A new partnership allows direct influence and control over network design and functionality
The new, flat-rate and highly competitive telecommunications package component of the ProAct™ Transport service has been introduced after we have entered into a partnership agreement with Vodafone, which operates the largest mobile telecommunications network in the world. Unlike other virtual networks in the M2M space, Vodafone allows direct influence and control over network design and functionality, providing shipping lines with a global and stable operation.
In order to provide additional flexibility and support future options, we have also added a standard industrial Modbus interface, which enables the RMM+ to interface to a wide variety of industrial modules, such as I/O or power measurements sensors.
Additional enhancements include input for a door sensor, allowing for functionality related to planned or unplanned container door access.
Feedback makes us even stronger
From the feedback received so far, we are confident that the ProAct™ Transport solution including RMM+ enables the shipping industry to achieve operational cost savings, improved control and quality of container logistics and improved customer satisfaction.
The first commercial orders for the system, which is compatible with all reefer machinery designs, including Thermo King, Carrier, Daikin and Star Cool units, have already been received.
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About Emerson Climate Technologies
Emerson Climate Technologies, a business segment of Emerson, is the world’s leading provider of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions for residential, industrial and commercial applications. The group combines best-in-class technology with proven engineering, design, distribution, educational and monitoring services to provide customized, integrated climate-control solutions for customers worldwide. The innovative solutions of Emerson Climate Technologies, which include industry-leading brands such as Copeland Scroll™ and White-Rodgers™, improve human comfort, safeguard food and protect the environment.
About Emerson Climate Technologies—Transportation Solutions ApS
Emerson Climate Technologies—Transportation Solutions ApS, a business of the Emerson Climate Technologies business segment, has supplied remote container monitoring solutions for more than 20 years. In 2012, Emerson acquired the marine container and boiler business of Johnson Controls, Inc. enabling Emerson to expand its refrigeration technology and solutions offerings in the global transportation sector. Johnson’s marine container monitoring and control system (REFCON), combined with Emerson’s compressors and diagnostic technologies installed on shipping containers, allows Emerson to provide a full range of powerful solutions to help global shipping companies and transportation managers ensure their cargo is transported and stored in optimal conditions. In addition to cargo ships, Emerson’s transportation solutions also extend to truck refrigeration and rail air conditioning. For more information, visit www.emersonclimate.com/Transportation_Solutions.