Philippines’ Microsoft Cargo Master Plan


In a bid to quell congestion among cargo trucks at a number of Philippine ports, the country’s Aquino Administration is looking to tap Microsoft technology that could see it obtaining a new cargo tracking system, according to the Philippine Star.

PTI previously reported on PTI Preferred Partner Globe Tracker’s new reefer cargo tracking system for tracking reefer a cargo – a system which is built around Globe Tracker’s cloud-managed GT Communications Unit.

Jose Rene Almendras, Cabinet Secretary for The Philippines, said: “The other system that I am going to push for is the dream of completing the loop which is the container tracking system.  

“Image [sic] having all cargoes monitored from the time or the point of arrival in the port until they are shipped out of the port. And what is even better is this will be made available and accessible to all stakeholders for greater efficiency and transparency.”

Communication technologies which involve the use of cloud-based technology being utilised aboard containerships could also be the next big leap in communications, enabling shippers to transfer large amounts of data.

Smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry has recently announced its plans to develop shipping container tracking technologies, built from a cloud solution, which will function as a tracking device to allow shippers to keep tabs on their freight.

On a global scale, it has been suggested that ships could hold the key to a new ‘quantum internet’, as a secure way of transferring large amounts of data between shippers.

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