Trailer GPS Tracker: Piccolo Hybrid IoT

A dual mode Trailer GPS Tracker
purpose-built For Trailer Tracking. 

*Available on CATM1/NB1 Networks Worldwide 

with 2G fallback

The most advanced dual mode Trailer GPS Tracker

Features a large 7800 mAH rechargeable lithium battery capacity and packaged in a compact IP67 waterproof enclosure, sending up to 5,000 GPS positions on a single charge with integrated GPS and cellular antennas, available on 4G CATM1/NB1 networks worldwide with fallback to 2G. With over the air configuration, SMS alarms on unauthorized vibrations and auto alerts when external power is disconnected/connected, the Piccolo Hybrid is the industry leading trailer tracking device purpose built to track all types of trailers. 

The Piccolo Hybrid also serves as a small-size autonomous container or asset tracker with a battery life of up to 5 years or up to 5000 GPS on a single charge when powered by the internal 7800 mAH rechargeable lithium battery.

Telematics Integrated with IoT

In addition to its GPS trailer tracking functionality, The Piccolo Hybrid acts as an IoT Gateway communicating with our family of IoT Tags and uploading the IoT data to the server – for an all around connected fleet.

Piccolo hybrid IoT diagram

IoT Trailer Tracking Applications

Use the Piccolo Hybrid IoT telematics platform for trailer and asset tracking 

Product Features

When powered by the large 7800Mamp battery can report up to 5,000 GPS positions off a single charge. Once external power is restored, the internal battery will recharge. Ideal battery life for a trailer GPS Tracker

2 digital inputs, 1 digital output and 1 analog input allow for various types of sensors such as pressure, temperature, engine on/off, vibration alarm, door open/close and more.

Supports up to 6 wired digital temperature sensors, allowing you to monitor up to 6 different cold zones simultaneously.

Auto alarm with GPS location when the unit moves in and out of a predetermined zone

Various IoT BLE tags have been integrated with the Piccolo Hybrid IoT. This functionality enables device to act as an IoT Gateway which is used to process and forward the IoT data to the server- for an all around connected fleet.

Auto alert when and where the external power is connected / disconnected.

Easily reconfigure the Piccolo Hybrid+ OTA or by sending SMS commands.

When an event is detected, the Piccolo Hybrid is programmable to send an SMS alarm to mobile phones together with the current GPS coordinates.

Highly compressed OTA, UDP communication packaged with MidLink Middleware and “Plug & Play” API or DLL for quick integration into any third party software

The unit can change the frequency of transmitting GPS when entering a pre-configured geofence to be detected at first Hybrid+ wake up.

With every GPS message, the Hybrid+ sends to the server the battery level it currently operates on and current temperature inside the unit.

The unit detects when the vehicle is moving. Extremely low power consumption achieved by innovative battery management
to preserve battery life. 

for automatic security theft alarm and motion detection

The unit can store up to 5,000 events when out of cellular coverage then sends them automatically when back in
cellular coverage.

Piccolo Hybrid IoT- Trailer Tracking Device

How it Works

Dual Mode operation for Trailer Tracking When the Piccolo Hybrid is wired to an external power source such as trailer connected
to the cabin, the internal battery will be charged and the Hybrid will operate in real-time sending GPS say every minute.

When the cabin disconnects from the trailer the external power is disconnected and the Hybrid will automatically switch to be powered by the internal battery and will switch to asset tracking mode

Can be preprogramed to send the GPS location every XX hours (usually once a day) when the asset is in
stop position. When vibration is detected the unit wakes up automatically and sends an alarm and switches to motion mode sending GPS every XX minutes for as long as the asset is in motion mode (usually every 60 minutes).

The Piccolo Hybrid IoT can be supplied with a DC plug in place of the wire harness. With this configuration, the Piccolo Hybrid IoT serves as a standalone, autonomous container or asset tracker with a 5-year battery life or up to 5000 GPS on a single charge when powered by the internal 7800 mAH rechargeable lithium battery.

Technical Specifications

  • Magnets – For easy installation on metal surfaces
  • Two sided 3M Industrial tape- for a strong, permanent attachment
  • Mount the Piccolo Hybrid to the asset with screws
  • Network
    4G CATM1/NB1 with 2G Fallback. Supported
    bands Cat.M1 & NB1, LTE-FDD:B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/
    B8/B12/ B13/B18/B19/B20/B26/B28 LTE-TDD: B39
    (for Cat.M1 only) GSM850/GSM900/
  • Frequency Bands – Quad-Band ( European 900/1800/
    2100,American 850/1900/2100 Enclosure ABSPC water proof IP67 enclosure, rated UL94V-0
  • GPS – MTK 66 Channels
  • Dimensions: 4.9” x 3.3” x 1.6” (125mm x 87mm x 41mm)
  • Weight: 3.7oz (105g) without the batteries
  • Radio Frequency
    2.4GHz proprietary protocol, BLE (supports
    iBeacons, TLM and custom protocols).
  • Range
    Up to 220 ft / 70m. Actual range may vary
    depending on RF interference, building
    materials, and physical obstacles
  • Data Transmit
    Automatically connects to any associated Piccolo
    and transmits every 20 seconds
  • • Operating Temperature: -22º to 176º F (-30º to 80º C)
  • Storage Temperature: -40º to 221º F (-40º to 105º C)
  • Humidity: 0 to 99% 110F (40C), non-condensing
  • Shock/Vibration/Mechanical: meets or exceeds EIA
    standard RS-316B 3G (operating), 20G
    (non \operating) XYZ 3 directions. Meets SAE J1455
  • Operated by Rechargeable battery – one 4.2 VDC Lithium rechargeable
    battery pack with a capacity of 7800mA. When fully charged has the capacity of transmitting around 5000 GPS position.
    The unit has an internal fast charger. The batteries are charged via an
    external of the shelf standard 6-24VDC regulated power supply wall
    powered (110-220 AC) that plugs into the unit via a waterproof
    connector. Charge time is around 4-5 hours.
  • Externally powered- the Hybrid+ will run in continuous mode acting as a real-time tracker for as long as external power is available. The internal battery will recharge for as long as external power is available.
  • Current consumption from battery:
    • Standby mode: 40ma at 3V
    • Sleep mode: 45uA at 3V
    • Transmit mode: 1.8A pulse at 3V
  • Up to 6 external digital temperature sensors for refrigerated trailers
  • J1939 or OBDII
  • J1708
  • 1 Analog input
  • 2 Digital inputs


Yes, it is possible to install a tracking device on a trailer. There are various types of tracking devices available, including GPS trackers specifically designed for trailers. These trackers are typically compact, rugged, and can be easily attached to the trailer using magnetic mounts, secure brackets, or adhesive backing.

Absolutely! GPS trackers can be installed on utility trailers as well. Utility trailers can carry valuable equipment or goods, making them potential targets for theft. By placing a GPS tracker on a utility trailer, owners can monitor its location, receive real-time updates, and take immediate action in case of theft or unauthorized movement.

The optimal placement for a GPS tracker on a trailer depends on various factors, such as the trailer’s design and the desired level of visibility. Some popular locations for installing GPS trackers on trailers include inside the trailer body, near the hitch, or discreetly hidden within the trailer’s frame. It is important to ensure that the tracker is securely attached and protected from tampering or damage.

A GPS tracker on a trailer utilizes Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to determine the trailer’s precise location. The tracker receives signals from multiple GPS satellites and calculates its own position based on the received data. This information is then transmitted to the tracker’s interface or mobile application via the cellular network, allowing the owner to track the trailer’s movements in real-time.

When it comes to hiding a tracking device on a truck, there are several options. Some common hiding places include inside the glove compartment, beneath the dashboard, behind interior panels, or within the trunk. It’s important to choose a location that offers both concealment and proper GPS signal reception.

GPS trackers are designed to provide highly accurate location information. However, the accuracy of the location data may vary depending on several factors, including the quality of the GPS tracker, the availability of GPS signals, and any potential obstructions such as tall buildings or dense foliage. In most cases, GPS trackers offer precise location details within a few meters.

While AirTags are primarily designed for tracking personal items like keys or wallets, they may not be suitable for tracking trailers due to their limited range and reliance on Apple’s Find My network. Dedicated GPS trackers designed specifically for trailers offer more robust and comprehensive tracking capabilities, including real-time monitoring, geofencing, and extended battery life.

Most GPS trackers rely on cellular networks to transmit location data to the owner or a tracking service provider. However, certain trackers may utilize satellite networks or other communication protocols for areas with limited cellular coverage. While an internet connection is not required for the tracker itself, it is necessary to access the tracker


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