ATLANTA – Truck-Lite Co., LLC, a worldwide leader in heavy-duty and off-road lighting, telematics, engine protection, safety and visibility systems, announced the release of its second-generation Road Ready system at the TMC Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.
The latest development from Road Ready focuses on the master control unit (MCU), which effectively serves as the brains behind the system. In 2017, Truck-Lite created the industry’s first true “smart” trailer with the solar-powered MCU. With a military-grade solar panel and a quick-charging battery, the MCU continually monitors crucial data from customizable wireless Road Ready sensors and transmits it to an intuitive user interface.
Now, to increase Road Ready’s compatibility with even more fleets, OEMs and trailer types, the MCU is available in either solar-powered or hardwired versions. The solar-powered MCU mounts on the front of a trailer, with the solar panel on top, providing a significantly reduced profile and lowering the clearance needed with a first-generation system.
The hardwired version allows the MCU to be wired directly to blue line power through the trailer’s nosebox, which charges the battery with power from the tractor. Each version communicates with Road Ready’s wireless sensor network and features the same long-life battery, which allows for untethered trailer monitoring for up to 60 days without a charge.
“These advancements were made in order to cater to diversified fleets that utilize multiple trailer types in addition to dry vans, such as tankers, flatbeds, chassis and containers,” said Rob Richard, general manager of Truck-Lite’s Road Ready business division. “The modular design of today’s MCU allows it to adapt to a variety of applications based on a customer’s needs.”
Truck-Lite’s Road Ready system is a wireless, multi-functional trailer monitoring solution that is easily customizable for any fleet requirement. Between its suite of wireless sensors and its growing network of OE trailer equipment and fleet software partners, Road Ready provides the most dynamic and dependable fleet telematics solution available. For more information, visit www.roadreadysystem.com.