WABCO Holdings, a company that is a leading player in the field of technologies and services to enhance the safety,
efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles has announced that it has collaborated with Belgium-based Sioen
Industries to develop an innovative connected technology called “Detector” to tackle the rising issue of trailer cargo theft
The growing rates of theft of cargo has become a serious concern. A report in BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions
Revealed that 86 percent of truck theft incidents were related to theft of cargo. This not only led to disruption of
the supply chain for customers but also caused significant loss to fleet owners in form of more downtime and
hike in insurance fees.
Sioen as part of its commitment to “protection through innovation” upgraded its Dynatex PROTECTOR technology
To make a smart, multi-layered tarpaulin with conductive layers. This tarpaulin can be fitted to trailer doors and sides.
WABCO’s contribution to the development of this technology was using its expertise to power this technology through
its advanced Fleet Management Solution (FMS), TX-TRAILERGUARD. The technology will automatically trigger an
alarm in the event that the tarpaulin is tampered with. Drivers would then get either an audible warning or an
in-cab notification. The fleet back office would also get a notification in real time through WABCO’s
When this technology is used in combination with WABCO’s OptiLock, which is an advanced wireless electronic
door lock that can be used for remote live monitoring and management of trailer access, it adds another layer of
security and gives fleets greater ability to control any security breaches in real time.
Detector is a working solution that has been thoroughly tested in the field by a number of leading fleets. The list of
Fleets which have tested Detector include Belgium-based Soncotra, the first company to apply the new,
advanced technology in its trailer fleet. Soncotra manages more than 15,000 full truck and groupage loads on an
annual basis across Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the CIS countries and the Middle East.
Isabelle Lamaire, CEO of Soncotra said that with over half of the firm’s trailer fleet comprising box trailers, it is a
Key priority for the company to deliver the cargo of its customers within their expectations. “She added that
Soncotra’s fleet is already equipped with WABCO’s advanced telematics, and hence the addition of a reinforced
and connected curtain-sider tarpaulin made it possible for the company to significantly increase the security it offered to
the cargo of its customers.
“I am delighted to join forces with WABCO to develop this innovative all-in-one solution that will enable fleets to take
the security of their customer’s cargo to the next level,” said Frederik Vroman, Sioen Sales and Business Development
Vroman concluded by saying that his company has been committed to protecting trailers against cargo theft
for over 15 years and the development of “Detector” marked the next important milestone in delivering this commitment.
“Building on Sioen’s leading tarpaulin technology and WABCO’s advanced digital solutions, we are jointly delivering
the next generation of commercial vehicle safety solutions for fleets, tackling one of the industry’s biggest challenges,”
added Peter Bal, WABCO Business Leader Fleet Solutions EMEA. “As we continue to grow our portfolio of connected
solutions to support transporters’ demands for leaner, greener and safer operations, key partnerships like these will
enable the industry to further leverage the opportunities presented by digitization.”
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