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Container Owners Association Announces “Guide to Container Tracking and Telematics Technology”

Logistic News - Published on Thu, 18 Jul 2019

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The Container Owners Association, the international organisation representing the common interests of freight container owners, has published a “Guide to Container Tracking and Telematics Technology”, providing container operators, leasing companies and other relevant stakeholders with an overview of the technology issues that they might face, and the choices that are available to them. Commencing with a glossary of many of the different industry terms and acronyms that are frequently used, the Guidelines go on to provide a background of the way that the industry has developed over the past decade. The evolution from ‘wired’ to ‘wireless’ has provided great opportunities – but adds significant complexity, because of the wide range of communication technologies available, how they are used around the world in different countries and communication issues with containers on vessels.

The Guidelines next cover some of the issues for tracking dry freight containers, including such aspects as: data flow, required communication frequency, battery life and installation cost, power consumption, sensor technology requirements and compatibility with vessel partners. Issues for reefer container communication are also tackled including landside transit, on-board vessels, global use, telematics technology. The choices available for landside and inland operation, terminals and on-board vessels are reviewed. On vessels, there are a number of different suitable technologies these are listed in the document.

The final section covers API - Application Programming Interface. The Guidelines explain that this needs to be integrated and agreed across the industry to ensure data can be transmitted by any hardware provider and provide the same standardised information to data users - a project that the COA is currently working on.

Detailed evaluation work will be required by the vessel and container operator before finalising the specification of a workable wireless data solution for a reefer or dry van fleet.

Cost considerations will include all of the following:

The purchase and installation of hardware on containers and ships
Coordinating with terminals on their communication infrastructure
Data transmission on land under data roaming contracts

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Thu, 18 Jul 2019
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