As I wrote in my previous article, Smart containers are containers which are equipped with sensors designed to provide real-time tracking of its location and movements..
Using this technology, whether you are a shipping line, customer or security agency, you can track the progress of your containers anywhere in the world, plan your equipment and stock inventory which could possibly lead to reduced costs..
Hamburg Süd (now part of Maersk Line stables) became the latest line to announce its future use of Remote Container Management (RCM), which was announced at the Fruit Logistica 2019 in Berlin..
A press release from Hamburg Süd said that in recent months, all the reefer containers used by Hamburg Süd have been outfitted with RCM technology..
Using satellite and mobile radio technology, RCM makes it possible to monitor the refrigerated container and the condition of the cargo inside it – including its location, temperature profile, relative humidity, and concentrations of oxygen and CO2 – around the clock and in real time.. In addition, certain settings can be adjusted remotely..
The press release added that unlike with the monitoring systems previously in place, customers can now use an online platform or an app on their tablet or smartphone to conveniently obtain an overview of the conditions of their cargo in the container at any time and they will be automatically notified when individually defined parameters or limit values are reached..
Frank Smet, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Hamburg Süd said “RCM will be a genuine game-changer for the important reefer market. The added value lies in the fact that customers can use this data not only to monitor their supply chain better, but also to make it significantly more efficient and secure.”
Having complete control over the condition of the cargo enables customers to react to changes over the entire course of the transport rather than just at its destination..
“This offers shippers great potential for cost savings and at Hamburg Süd, we make full use of the advantages offered by digitalization without neglecting personalized customer service and close consultation” Smet adds..
As part of the Maersk Group, Hamburg Süd offers more than 370,000 reefer containers to its customers worldwide which makes it the largest reefer fleet in the industry with every single one of them outfitted with RCM, which ensures seamless availability of this innovative technology which is also is unique in the industry..
Testing is currently being conducted with customers, and RCM is scheduled to become available to all customers as from the third quarter of 2019..
You can view the feature of this RCM below