The Port of Antwerp has partnered with Foodcareplus, Dockflow, and TrakAssure to launch Europe’s first end-to-end LoRaWAN-based cargo temperature monitoring service.
Foodcareplus brings its experience in producing specialty services for the food transportation industry to the table in this collaboration, while Dockflow makes use of its integrated enablement platform. TrakAssure brings its knowledge of cargo monitoring solutions based on the global LoRaWAN IoT network.
The product utilises existing LoRaWAN infrastructure at the Port of Antwerp, where TrakAssure monitors have been installed at load locations and data stream into Dockflow’s services via API, allowing it to be shared with the relevant stakeholder in the cold chain.
This aims to provide exception alerting solutions for cargoes for both shippers and third-party logistics companies.
“At the port of Antwerp, our interest is to grow our volumes and provide services that have a meaningful impact on our customers and partners,” said Stef Wilrycx, Marketing Expert at the Port of Antwerp.
“By enabling network connectivity at the port, we allow our ecosystem to develop and engage while sharing data in an open and transparent environment that fosters higher quality through innovation. This project is a true testament to the value-added environment we wish to create for our customers.”
Steve Alaerts, Director of Foodcareplus, added: “This solution will allow us to monitor and manage higher volumes by exception, allowing us to devote fewer man-hours to this particular task, thereby servicing our customer base with better quality.”
Michiel Valee, Co-founder of Dockflow, also commented: “We now can manage by exception based on real-time data and share it through our enablement platform, so we can dispatch resources as required to pay particular attention to containers that display temperature variations.”
The Port of Antwerp’s Antwerp@C project has also recently reached a new milestone in halving CO2 emissions with the start of engineering studies.
The initiative, which was first set up at the end of 2019, sees the port work alongside Air Liquide, BASF, ExxonMobil, INEOS, TotalEnergies, and Fluxys in cutting CO2 emissions in the port by 50 per cent by 2030 through the creation of common suitable infrastructure.