Maersk Container Industry (MCI) has called the upcoming launch of its Sekstant Global Guidance system, for reefer digitization, the company’s most significant technological breakthrough since the Star Cool reefer.
Anders Holm, Global Head of Sales and Marketing at MCI, said: “Whether on high seas, on board a container vessel or inland carried on a truck, the data can be visualised on the shipper’s desktop and seamlessly integrated into their IT systems.”
According to MCI, the Sekstant system establishes connectivity between reefers and provides container operators with accurate data at any point along the transportation chain.
The system, which stays online using centralised cloud architecture, is enabled by a Smart Edge device that includes wide-band 4G LTE modem connectivity.
Søren Leth Johannsen, Maersk, discusses next-gen efficiency in reefer operations in a recent Port Technology technical paper
Through the Linux OS platform, the device also features Near Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth for mobile communication.
Holm added: “All data transmissions are secured and encrypted. At the same time, the machine data MCI receives can now be processed and transmitted to Star Cool reefer users to give them previously unseen levels of transparency and guidance.”
While the Sekstant system offers standard applications, such as GPS location and temperature readings, it can be expanded to include g-shock recording and replace manual pre-trip inspections
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To optimise fleet management operations, Sekstant will also offer services for geofencing, equipment condition status and reefer lifetime reports.
“We will be releasing a base range of functions in 2019, but we have plenty more in the pipeline” Holm revealed.
“Additional functions will be developed in close cooperation with our customers, which will enable us to provide data-driven packages to support specific customer requirements.”