Lidl UK has partnered up with ORBCOMM, a provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (loT) solutions. The collaboration will see the latter install its temperature monitoring solution across Lidl’s extensive 3PL transport network of 400-plus refrigerated trucks and trailers.
As part of the agreement, ORBCOMM will provide the retail giant with a complete cold chain solution including state-of-the-art hardware, connectivity, device management and seamless data integration into third-party transport management systems for efficient fleet management.
According to the press release, ORBCOMM’s automatic temperature detection systems will be in charge of monitoring Lidl UK’s cargo and set variations and tolerances utilizing multiple temperature sensors to ensure the quality and integrity of refrigerated loads from origin to destination. ORBCOMM’s solution also allows to set smart, configurable alarms that report out-of-range conditions, including hardware malfunctions, major temperature variations from set points, rapid fuel loss, arrivals/departures from geofences and more.
“By providing insight, alerts and system integration, ORBCOMM is helping Lidl UK to gain real-time visibility and control of their refrigerated transport assets, while reducing operational risk, ensuring regulatory compliance and improving customer service,” said Marc Eisenberg, chief executive officer at ORBCOMM Inc.
Additionally, ORBCOMM will help Lidl UK improve load security through external door sensors that fit all types of refrigeration trailers and vehicles and provide alerts via SMS or email or door open or close events.