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Secure Trade Lane: A Sensor Network Solution for more reliable and more secure Container Shipments

Secure Trade Lane: A Sensor Network Solution for more reliable and more secure Container Shipments

80% of all world trade is traveling in containers to the point of destination, mostly aboard ocean-going ships. Location of the freight or quality of service of the transport is important information for the supply chain. Only 2% of all containers get inspected when entering a country, posing a severe security risk. Supply chain visibility and security together form a compelling business case for monitoring container shipments globally. Secure Trade Lane (STL) is a solution for making container shipments more predictable and more secure. The solution comprises a Tamper Resistant Embedded Controller (TREC) that is mounted on ocean-going containers, and a sophisticated backend communicating with the TREC and integrating all trading partners. The TREC includes a variety of sensors, a positioning system, and several communication methods, turning containers into smart objects. Business rules are executed and alerts can be raised when the situation becomes critical. The STL backend is at first used to configure a TREC for a particular trip, and then to receive messages from the TREC, and act on this data as appropriate or make this data available to trading partners. The solution has been developed for the past three years and will go live in autumn 2006. This presentation will outline the rationale of the particular technologies being used in this sensor network solution, and describe end-to-end architecture and key components. We will share the key lessons learned and take a look at the future evolution of asset tracking and monitoring, in particular in transportation industries.

Steffen Schaefer, IBM

 
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