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Anybody Can Be a Superhero With The Right Sensors

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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 compiled 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 downtime.
  • Generating potential cost savings by monitoring the amount of fuel being used.
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.

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