Merlin Solar Technologies, Inc. (Merlin Solar) and Optio3 teamed up to deliver an integrated solar and remote operations monitoring solution to commercial transportation, first responder, motor coach, and transit fleets. The collaboration combines the power of Merlin Solar’s patented solar panel technology that is highly efficient, flexible and resilient under stressful environments with Optio3’s secure cloud-based IoT technology platform.
Technology advances are causing fleets with either new or existing vehicles, to add new equipment that increases power demand at the same time that regulations are requiring shorter and shorter idling times to reduce carbon footprints. Adding solar solutions with remote monitoring is enabling fleets to maintain high availability and reduce operating expenses while enjoying very positive Return on Investment (ROI).
This is especially important due to COVID, which has dramatically increased the demands on food delivery fleets, ambulance fleets, and last mile delivery vehicles for e-commerce while idling many other fleets, causing power loss and damaging batteries. Together, Merlin Solar and Optio3 provide clean auxiliary power and automated solutions to monitor and analyze all OBD and solar charging data, with sophisticated fault detection and diagnosis, automated alerts and notifications, single sign-on through relationships with in-cab telematics vendors, and APIs enabling integration with IT, ERP, and third party visualization platforms.