TrakLok International – Worldwide Tracking, World Class Security

TrakLok Advanced Cargo Security & Tracking

TrakLok International LLC is a cargo security firm specializing in trailer and container security for the global freight and cargo industry. Utilized in countries throughout the Americas, Africa and Asia, TrakLok’s integrated security tracking device combines a rugged, hardened locking solution with an alert and tracking system to deter theft and unauthorized access to remote and in-transit loads such as shipping containers and road trailers. Alongside tough physical security and all the typical features of cargo tracking devices, the TrakLok solution is equipped with the unique feature of geo-locking, giving the user the ability to designate where the shipment can be unlocked based on time and location. Cargo monitoring, alerts and tracking all take place via TrakLok’s wireless communications web interface.


Rugged Physical Security and M2M Monitoring for Cargo Protection

TrakLok International specializes in security systems for the transportation of high-value, high-risk cargo, such as hazardous materials, electronics and pharmaceuticals. The TrakLok solution provides an integrated system for trailer and container security and assured chain of custody by combining hardened locking with monitoring, tracking and reporting. This far exceeds the ‘after the fact’ tamper evident security provided by a simple padlock or bolt seal.

TrakLok’s toughened lock mechanism combines with in-transit tracking to deter unauthorised access to consignments. Easily installed in 30 seconds, TrakLok can be programmed to allow access only by the specified person, at the right time, in the right location.

Sensors and in-transit GPS tracking provide alarms and alerts via TrakLok’s online portal, even when the driver is unavailable, to provide real-time information on a range of indicators. Alerts can be setup for invalid code entries, battery life, locked / unlocked status or deviation from a specified geo-fence location.

Post trip management reports are available to analyse the transportation system. Trip management and analysis enables improved efficiency and the ability to optimize the transportation system, reduce overall costs, and continually improve security.


High Risk Cargo – Tracked, Monitored and Delivered Intact at Intended Destination

As TrakLok International VP Engineering Dan Blankenship explains, “Helping our customers track their freight containers and secure their cargo is our number one priority.” The ability to ensure that their customers’ cargo arrives at the intended destination intact is dependent on the reliability of the network connectivity needed for TrakLok to transmit tracking and monitoring data about the whereabouts and status of each consignment.

Many TrakLok customers carry high value or high risk cargo. Blankenship says, “We have customers securing very high risk cargo that require high report rate data plans. High reporting frequency is particularly important when the cargo is hazardous or of very high value.” Cargo consignments are itinerant and may be transported through remote or dangerous areas, so it is essential that a reliable connection is available wherever TrakLok and its cargo is located, so that continuous status reporting can take place.

To meet these requirements for high frequency reporting with reliable connectivity even in remote areas, PodsystemM2M provides the Best Signal Multi Network SIM, which automatically detects the best cellular signal in an area when a device is switched on and will automatically switch to an alternate network if the signal is lost. This capability enables the TrakLok portal to receive the monitoring data from the TrakLok device and broadcast any necessary alarms and alerts via e-mail or text. It can be configured according to user needs so that customers receive the information they need to best protect their freight. Crucially, the PodsystemM2M Best Signal Multi Network M2M SIM works continuously on multiple networks across international borders and continents at competitive and flexible rates according to data use and required geographical coverage. Blankenship says, “PodsystemM2M have been able to provide flexible data rate plans to meet our customer needs.”


Continuous M2M Connectivity Across Continents

For a global tracking and cargo security solution, reliable M2M connectivity is a key factor in ensuring TrakLok devices will connect and transmit data continuously, even across international borders and in remote areas where cellular network signals may be weak. Blankenship comments, “We chose PodsystemM2M SIMs because they provide excellent global coverage. In addition to the USA and Canada, TrakLok has units operating in multiple countries in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, Chile, Brazil and Mexico. PodsystemM2M was able to provide competitive multi network coverage on a single SIM card for all these areas. This simplified our inventory of SIMs.”


Continuous M2M Support with Access to M2M Experts

In addition to the reliability and flexibility provided via PodsystemM2M’s Best Signal Multi Network data SIMs, another key factor for TrakLok in deciding to work with PodsystemM2M was the M2M expertise and quality of advice and support on offer. With over 15 years of experience in the M2M sector and detailed knowledge of the industry, PodsystemM2M provides 18 hours of continuous office hours support, 24/7/365 emergency incident coverage and direct access to M2M and IoT technical experts, which includes members of the senior management team. Blankenship says, “The team at PodsystemM2M has always provided excellent customer support with quick response time in critical situations.”

The security of in-transit valuable cargo assets or hazardous materials may be at stake. The highly specialized, round-the-clock M2M support provided by PodsystemM2M provides reassurance should there ever be any network or data connectivity issues. There will always be an M2M expert to speak to who can work to resolve any issues as quickly as possible and keep the devices connected to cellular networks and monitoring and tracking cargo around the clock and around the globe.