Road Ready introduces 5G-enabled fleet telematics

SOUTHFIELD—Road Ready, a telematics and smart fleet technology brand from Southfield-based Clarience Technologies, has rolled out a new 5G Ready telematics system, the first in commercial transportation.

As the industry transitions to 4G, fleets that are equipped with Road Ready 5G Ready will be able to operate their systems continuously without worrying about downtime caused by the next network upgrade.

“We understand commercial fleets don’t make money when their trailers or assets sit idle,” said Nada Jiddou, executive vice president at Clarience Technologies and Road Ready general manager. “Our new 5G Ready system is optimized for today’s 4G networks and designed to operate on 5G networks as well, meaning fleets will not face risk of service disruption when the current 4G network is phased out in the years to come.”

The trucking industry currently operates on 3G technology, which all major mobile carriers are transitioning away from in 2022. By transitioning to 5G Ready capability, Road Ready will be able to provide visibility and management of transportation systems today over the 4G network, while also ensuring that technology is designed to work on 5G networks as well. This helps fleets future-proof trailers from near- and long-term changes to mobile networks. A typical on-highway trucking fleet operates its trailers for around 15 years, thus the need to start protecting for 5G continuity now.

As continued supply chain disruptions have plagued the transportation industry throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, fleet operators have struggled to manage rapid shifts in demand and have been adopting trailer telematics systems to help them improve overall trailer capacity utilization.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has led a growing number of carriers to adopt trailer telematics,” said Jiddou.  “These fleets are turning to Road Ready in record numbers to take advantage of our robust technology solutions that utilize our deep history in trucking to solve industry problems.”

Road Ready is owned by Clarience, a longtime provider of vehicle technologies for commercial trucks and owner of Truck-Lite advanced LED lighting systems and Davco diesel fuel filtration systems.

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