IBM and Maersk Logistics of Denmark's largest corporate concern A.P.Moller – Maersk, have jointly developed a new container tracking system which can improve the quality of container tracking and increase security of transported goods. The solution includes intelligent wireless tracking devices and an advanced technology network which can be used by players such as manufacturers, retailers, logistics providers, carriers and governments who can share real-time cargo information.
The new tracking system has been developed based on IBM's hardware and software technologies as well as Maersk Logistics' global supply chain expertise. The two companies have integrated two key emerging technologies: An intelligent real-time tracking device, named Tamper Resistant Embedded Controller (TREC), which is fitted on cargo containers, and a fully integrated network which combines data from the TRECs with a sensor network and business integration system.
IBM and Maersk Logistics are currently involving key supply chain stakeholders in planning a pilot test. The first test will start early November 2005, followed by a large commercial test in March 2006. The new tracking solution is expected to be launched for commercial use in 2006. The news was reported by Computerworld and on Maersk Logistics' website.
Maersk Logistics is headquartered in Copenhagen and part of the A.P.Moller - Maersk Group, which has more than 70,000 people employed in 125 countries. In addition to shipping and logistics, the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group is engaged in exploration and production of oil and gas, shipbuilding, industry, supermarkets and IT services.
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