Trailer brakes and suspension to be diagnosed remotely

WABCO showcased trailer remote diagnostics technology – the company's latest innovation for trailer fleet management – at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2012 in Hanover, Germany.

TrailerGUARD's new remote diagnostics function is the industry's first of its kind for a trailer's electronic braking and air suspension control system. It allows remote diagnosis by providing information about the trailer's technical status in real-time. Fleet operators receive a diagnostic code via the easy-to-use TrailerGUARD internet portal. It allows operators to decide whether to replace or repair the trailer before it suffers damage. With its new remote diagnostics function, TrailerGUARD enhances real-time support during transport.

TrailerGUARD telematics also allows fleet managers to remotely monitor the vehicle's various operating data such as brake wear, mileage, axle load, tire pressure, temperature inside a refrigerated trailer and door status, among other operating functions. Workshops can remotely download the vehicle's diagnostic code history before the vehicle is at their premises, ensuring that necessary spare parts are available. It optimizes maintenance efforts, resulting in reduced downtime and lower related costs.

"WABCO's TrailerGUARD sets the transport industry's standard to further optimize utilization of trailer fleets and to reduce operating costs through remote diagnostics technology," said Nick Rens, WABCO Vice President, Trailer Systems and Aftermarket. "With its new remote diagnostics function, TrailerGUARD demonstrates WABCO's passion for innovation as we continue to help transport professionals to increase vehicle safety and efficiency while also enabling them to assess their current assets and future investments."

TrailerGUARD telematics is part of WABCO's award-winning Intelligent Trailer Program, a suite of applications for safer, more efficient and more innovative operation of all types of trailers. Trailer builders and fleet operators select those functions most relevant and cost-effective for their needs through separate or combined modules.