Newly Patented Cargo Sensor Boasts 4 ft Resolution

PLANO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Terion Inc. today announced that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted the company a new patent covering the FleetView Cargo Sensor. Terion's Cargo Sensor is unique in its ability to detect cargo as small as a 4x4x4 pallet throughout the entire length of the trailer. Competing alternatives typically measure only the front half of the trailer.

The patent, No. 7015824, "Trailer Cargo Detection Using Ultrasonic Transducers," covers a system and method for determining the presence or absence of cargo over the entire interior area of the trailer. In particular, the cargo detector can have from one to three modes including short range, long range, and proximity range, and can detect cargo located flush against a front or rear wall of the trailer, or anywhere in between.

"Delivering innovative solutions for the trailer tracking market is a critical component of our overall growth strategy," said Ken Cranston, President and CEO of Terion. "Our patented Cargo Sensor provides our customers the best tool available to determine the status of their trailers, which is critical to delivering increased efficiency, improved security, and a reduction in the trailer-to-tractor ratio.

About FleetView 3

FleetView 3 is a comprehensive trailer fleet management system that helps transportation companies maximize operating efficiencies. The product communicates real-time trailer location and event status when the trailer is tethered or untethered, and provides an accurate record of loaded or unloaded status by way of a patented Cargo Sensor. Typical benefits associated with FleetView include an increase in trailer utilization and a reduced trailer-to-tractor ratio.

The technology behind FleetView 3 combines a high-bandwidth digital wireless path with intelligent messaging and sensor capabilities. The design also incorporates GPS and digital CDMA cellular technology for seamless coverage. Using patented Terion hardware and software, information is delivered to the user over the Internet and/or through integration with popular dispatch applications. A unique feature to FleetView 3 is that it also supports over-the-air software downloads for upgrades and enhancements -- which eliminates the time and expense associated with taking a trailer out of service.

FleetView 3 can be installed on dry vans, flatbeds, and refrigerated trailers -- which can be monitored remotely.

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