During a press conference held here today in conjunction with TMC’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition, Phillips Industries announced the launch of its newest division, Phillips Connect Technologies (PCT).
Phillips Industries develops and manufactures innovative products connecting air and electrical systems between both trucks and trailers, offering the widest range of OEM standard equipment in the market. “I am proud to say that we have been pioneers in the industry, creating many breakthroughs that have advanced the efficient operation of commercial vehicles,” stated Rob Phillips, president and COO. “We are very excited now to be introducing new patented and ground-breaking products that will meet fleet demands for connecting intelligent vehicles and to deliver information about their trailers effortlessly. By leveraging our experience and closely listening to vehicle operators, Phillips will continue to lead the industry with the right products to address this new challenge.”
The Phillips Connect Technologies division is developing several different packages of products that will offer their patent-pending “plug and play connectivity”. Their open platform is designed to work seamlessly with many sensor-driven components supplied by various component manufacturers. Sensor data can be transmitted to the driver, to the fleet’s operations team, or even the trailer OEM utilizing various telematics options. Some of the product packages being developed by Phillips Connect Technologies and introduced at TMC’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition include:
PCT’s patented Trailer Lock-Down™ system stops theft by locking the air brakes on a trailer when power is disconnected from the tractor. In order to release the brakes and pull the trailer, a PIN code from dispatch has to be keyed in from a smart device to the Phillips Connect Technologies’ control box. The Trailer Lock-Down system literally puts the brakes on trailer theft. Other items in this package include remote trailer door lock/unlock as well as a theft-deterrent video surveillance system.
PCT’s Connect:Diagnostics package is being developed to collect sensor data from many components on the trailer and broadcast them to the driver, dispatch, or the trailer OEM. With Phillips patent-pending plug and play technology, Connect:Diagnostics can read not only PCT sensors but just about any sensor on the trailer, delivering information to a fleet instantly about components that may be reaching a critical level before they fail. Phillips Connect Technologies will continue to develop and expand on product packages that will deliver meaningful results that reduce downtime, increase efficiency and make safer tractor-trailers. To learn more about Phillips Connect Technologies, please visit www.phillips-connect.com.