Quick, reliable, cost-effective and at the same time economic when dealing with energy – that´s what an ideal logistic performance looks like. Though there are various influencing factors within worldwide logistics chains, especially when using sea containers that can affect these targets. Therefore it is important that all participants are continuously and comprehensively informed about an operation and that they will get means for targeted reactions if faults occur as well as for the general planning of stable transport chains.
The basis for this could be monitoring the containers, e.g. by Container Security Devices, CSD of different manufacturers, equipped with GPS receivers and satellite communication transmitters that provide the possibility to locate them worldwide. They control the container against unauthorised access and detect relevant logistics data such as the inside temperature and humidity. Even today, this data can be retrieved via an intrasystem at every single manufacturer.
A neutral internet platform as a basis of worldwide tracking as in the EU project Smart-CM avoids barriers and dependencies. The CSD of various manufacturers but also E-Seals, RFID-tags, port information and fleet management systems can communicate within and through the platform and the data can be controlled neutrally throughout the entire process chain. The status information of containers and other relevant logistic information are being presented to the participants of the logistics chain on the basis of web-based visualisation software. Aside the above mentioned information, value added services provide additional, expanded functions and algorithms like geofencing or continuous calculation of expected arrival times.
Expanded value added services for managing and planning complex logistics chains are a routing and information service for rerouting at each useful point within the transport chain along with reasonable combinations of transport modes (railway, inland water transport, feeder, truck) and transport service providers, especially for seaport-hinterland-logistics chains, a strategic routing service that enables the creation and evaluation of scenarios and alternatives for transport chains over a longer period of time with aspects and restrictions (time window, costs, CO2 emissions), forms of transport, service providers or handling centres or a service for an automated analysis of consolidation potential within the international combined transport to stock up existing railway routes and create new railway routes in terms of cost reduction and environment emissions.