Traxens Joins Rotterdam’s Container 42 Initiative

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Traxens, experts in smart data for ports, terminals and the wider maritime industry, has joined Container 42, the initiative led by the Port of Rotterdam to demonstrate the potential of smart data to revolutionize the global maritime supply chain.

In a statement, Traxens said it will provide the technology to help “answer questions on logistical efficiency, sustainability and the future of technology in the supply chain.”

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Container 42, which also counts IBM, CISCO, Intel and among its partners, will see a single container shipped to ports around the world and share precise and accurate data.

Once it leaves the Port of Rotterdam – it will begin the voyage in Q3 – , its journey will include Shanghai, Singapore, the Suez Canal and the Port of Barcelona among many other major points in the maritime world.

The container will continuously record its location and status, including climate conditions inside and outside – such as humidity and temperature – the opening and closing of the container, vibrations, slope, position and sound and air pollution.

In order to obtain this data, it will carry a variety of cameras that take time-lapse images during specific events. As well as that, it will also carry a mini Tesla (the Tesla 42), equipped with sensors to measure whether it moves inside the container, and if so, why.

The container will be equipped with Traxens’ device and communication technology that will generate internet of things (IoT) data via its platform, Traxens Hub.

Speaking about the potential of Container 42, Erwin Rademaker, program manager at Container 42, said: “We are very happy to welcome Traxens to the Container 42 journey. We believe the digitization of Rotterdam’s port services will contribute to even safer, swifter and more reliable forwarding of cargo.

“At some point in the future, it will also enable Rotterdam to accommodate autonomous shipping in its port area.”

Many of the technologies used in the Container 42 project will be up for debate at the Smart Digital Ports of the Future conference in Rotterdam, which will be held between 4-6 November, 2019.

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