Real-time shipment tracking, coupled with the transmission of key data, is providing transparency of global transport chains and promises to reduce logistics costs.
DB Schenker has launched its ‘smartbox’ service, which offers satellite-aided shipment tracking in real time, using sensor technology. This service transmits a shipment’s current GPS coordinates and any deviations from the predetermined route, as well as providing information on additional security parameters such as temperature, shock/vibration, tampering with the container door and light inside the container.
“Our product is the only one of its kind on the market, and it has proved effective in practice and is in use on all of the world’s main trade lanes. The DB SCHENKERsmartbox offers more than just shipment tracking in real time,” said Christopher Regenhardt, corporate manager, DB SCHENKERsmartbox. “The additional data it delivers is of great value to everyone involved. Increased transparency creates the potential to optimise planning of complex transport chains and reduce transit time, which is of key importance especially for valuable shipments. In addition, our solution can help to directly lower costs such as insurance premiums.”
As the world’s third-largest provider of global ocean-freight forwarding, DB Schenker is cooperating with a network of selected carriers, technology experts and insurance companies on this service.
GPS technology has already been used to successfully monitor several hundred ocean-freight containers on routes between Asia, Europe and America. As part of the launch of various customer projects in the area of high-quality goods, a special product management team has been created to oversee the service, advise customers and promote continual further development. Cooperation with insurance companies also got off to a successful start, in particular in monitoring containers transporting valuable and perishable items.