Anybody can be a superhero with the right sensors


While not featured in the upcoming Avengers movie, the trucking industry had their very own superhero – U.S.1. After an accident caused by the evil Highwayman, Ulysses Solomon Archer received a new metal skull and gained “trucker telepathy” from aliens. He outfitted his truck with sensors and tracking equipment and set out to battle the Highwayman (his older brother – spoiler alert). 

While a bit ahead of his time, U.S.1 had the right idea back then by using tracking and sensors for his truck. Fast-forward 35 years to present day, sensors are being used to capture data for a variety of purposes:

Temperature and Humidity

    • Reducing cargo spoilage by maintaining visibility of temperature for meat, frozen food and other goods which need to remain within a set temperature range.
    • Preventing load rejection of goods by being able to prove temperatures complied during transit.
    • Avoiding unnecessary decays in potency by maintaining a set temperature for pharmaceuticals or other healthcare related items.
    • Gaining peace of mind with temperature reporting of trailers with hazardous materials that need to stay dry and cool.
    • Maintaining the comfort of animals and alignment with live-haul shipping guidelines, minimizing DOA’s.


    • Reducing theft by receiving alerts about when trailer doors are being open or closed.
    • Increasing efficiency by monitoring how long a trailer stays open to unload it and then subsequently close it when loaded again.
    • Using door sensors to build analytics and report on loading and unloading times.
    • Ensuring FSMA compliance with precise, real-time temperature reporting.

 Asset Usage 

    • Optimizing use of assets with reporting of engine run time and engine idle time.
    • Maintaining efficiency by tracking use time and down time.
    • Generating potential cost savings by monitoring the amount of fuel being used.


    • Real-time visibility and reporting if there is any cargo present in the trailer
    • Ability to remotely know how far the cargo is from the back door, allowing companies to maximize efficiency and revenue.

Not all superheroes are created equal and the same goes with sensors. The CloudHawk advantages are:

    • Real-time reporting so all the right individuals have visibility of fleet assets and important risks.
    • High performance wired and wireless sensors for enhanced reliability
    • Multi-styles of trailers are supported which means one solution for a diverse fleet.
    • Analytics that tie into existing telematics systems.
    • Temperatures sensors that are accurate to within +/-.25 O.
    • Other capabilities include monitoring and recording CO2, cargo movement and fuel use.

While not everyone can be a trucking superhero, sensors from CloudHawk can make you look like one. Find out more from the CloudHawk team.