The RTICM project aims at designing, developing and demonstrating a cost-effective integrated and centralised platform to better monitor and control the multimodal (i.e. by air, road, rail and sea) transport supply chain of high value containers, globally. It also aims at providing customers and relevant stakeholders of the supply chains with better awareness tools in order to take near-real-time and long-term corrective actions to reduce losses and improve the efficiency of cargo’s transportation process, before they become costly problems.
The above objective is pursued via the extension of the capacities and functionalities of an existing container tracking device, to prove in a pre-operational demonstration phase its added value, and to develop and extent a joint RTICM container tracking service for high value cargos.
The new functionalities to be integrated in the RTICM service offering are:
The target market of RTICM are high value cargo shipments with a value of more than 65.000 Euro in the following industries:
High value container shipments with a cargo value of more than 65.000 Euro, result in about 23 million shipments/year and representing an important industrial business. It offers significant growth potential with an annual growth forecasted to increase in average 8-10% by the next decade.
During the 6 month pre operational trial Hellman Logistics (D), Kühne&Nagel and Husky (L) are involved in validating the service concept at a global scale.
As importers/exporters’ supply chains extend globally, their financial and operational risk grows exponentially. That means, supply chain risk is rising sharply, particularly for high value goods - supply chain management isn’t keeping pace, tough. However every importer knows they prosper or expire on the efficient, accurate, secure and timely transit of these containers. Many sourcing strategies underestimate the magnitude of the hidden costs of a longer global supply chain, including increased transaction cost and complexity, reduced flexibility, fulfilment errors, delivery delays and cargo loss, resulting in production disruptions, missed sales and higher costs of goods sold.
Therefore - global trade requires improved visibility. The ability to, in real time, identify the location and status of the sourced goods gives the importer the ability to fine tune its distribution channels, its inventory management and its ability to fulfil commitments to its end users.
According to own estimates from arviem:
RTICM can offer a comprehensive real-time cargo monitoring service, composed of three main elements:
The final aim of the pilot stage consists in gathering the required info in order to demonstrate that the RTICM can lead to significant savings in the management of the supply chain and in a higher customer satisfaction.
The high level schematic system architecture is displayed in the figure below, showing the key building blocks and the logistic service chain, starting from “Mounting of the tracking device on the freight container” till the ending of the sequence with “Shipment of unit to starting location of next assignment”.
The proposed RTICM system and service solution includes two relevant space assets, without which the required user requirements and performance cannot be achieved:
In addition, Satellite based AIS vessel tracking do bridge the location gap if the container is stuffed inside the vessels hull and outside the reach of any communication mean. AIS track analysis offers an improved estimation of the time of arrival through the detection of any non-reported detour or delayed harbour arrival.
Key product benefits of the RTICM service are:
The RTICM container tracking device consists of a robust casing which can be (un)mounted magnetically within seconds on a standard freight container. The device holds the power supply, logic board, sensors and GPS, GPRS and Iridium modems and antennas to ensure communication and localisation. Integrated in the main device is a sensor suit for measuring temperature, humidity, shock, movement, light or the door opening. In addition a wireless sensor network can be placed inside the container in or on the cargo pallets enabling a detailed cargo condition monitoring.
The Final Review of the project (original contract for the Mobilbox device and CCN for the visioboxx device) took place 1st of June 2018. The market uptake of the MobilBox as a high end tracking device is still behind expectations, basically due to the still high cost in a price sensitive logistic market. However, the visioboxx as a low cost alternative is already very successfully marketed for important customers from the automotive industry sector in Germany aiming at better controlling the car manufacturing supply chain, particularly the in time delivery of components for the production within the assembly line. In addition a large contract was also signed for an institutional user in Egypt interested in manufacturing the visioboxx devices and using its services.