How to track a shipping cargo: Achieve the supply chain security

Abstract

 Supply Chain Security Monitoring Services provides a full spectrum of end-to-end services for cargo security monitoring and tracking to all stakeholders, throughout the supply chain from point of origination to point of destination. The monitoring solution strategy includes but is not limited to optimizing container logistics processes, improvement of supply chain efficiency and reducing costs, achievement of more efficient and individual container traceability, deterioration theft, diversion, and counterfeiting, receiving notifications when an exception occurs in any given process, etc. In addition to cargo and driver security, dual-mode devices provide several additional features and benefits to shippers and transporters to improve operational efficiency throughout the supply chain.

 

Keywords: Supply chain security, cargo security.

 

 

Introduction

 

Tracking shipments enables us to better serve customers by knowing the status of a shipment in the transportation process. When you track at the shipment level, you inquire about the status of an entire shipment, which comprises all of the pieces within it. RFID, Geofencing, Internet tracking, Radio Tracking, Global Positioning System & Satellite Tracking, and Cell-Phone Triangulation are e-tracking systems to track a shipping cargo.

 

Monitoring devices

Equipping the fleet with the best monitoring devices enhances operations with the ability to track asset locations, reduce fuel costs, optimize travel routes, increase trailer and container utilization, and minimize idle times. Dual-mode satellite-cellular telematics devices provide the necessary and reliable monitoring of the trailer and cargo when a vehicle is in an area without cellular coverage or when crossing country borders. Reducing operating costs and increasing productivity is a necessity for fleet owners looking to survive in a tough competitive background, telematics devices must provide comprehensive functionality. In addition to cargo and driver security, dual-mode devices provide several additional features and benefits to shippers and transporters to improve operational efficiency throughout the supply chain. A monitoring solution that provides layers of assurance for companies that are susceptible to cargo theft greatly reduces exposure to this type of situation. When there is no way to communicate vehicle position or alert fleet managers to an emergency situation, thieves can quickly and easily take over the cargo and endanger drivers with little risk of traceability. The total value of TT Club claims over a five-year period starting in 2010 was approximately $425 million of which 12.7 percent or $54 million was attributed to cargo theft.

 

 

 

Container tracking

Over 16 million maritime containers are in transit throughout the world on any given day – at sea, on the rail, over the road, or waiting on stuffing, pick-up, delivery, and stripping. A misplaced container result in financial and operational risk and any delay in delivery only leads to increased transaction costs, production disruptions, missed sales opportunities, and higher costs of selling goods. The cargo monitoring solution, in general, has to facilitate the flow of accurate and timely information across supply chain partners and government agencies. Telematics paves the way to monitor and report about cargo. The monitoring solution strategy includes but is not limited to optimizing container logistics processes, improvement of supply chain efficiency and reducing costs, achievement of more efficient and individual container traceability, deterioration theft, diversion and counterfeiting, and receiving notifications when an exception occurs in any given process, etc.

 

 

Geolocation

Cargo security

 

 

Avante tracking system

AVANTE Supply Chain Security Monitoring Services provides a full spectrum of end-to-end services for cargo container (including cold chain) security monitoring and tracking to all stakeholders (shippers, logistics providers, and customs authorities) throughout the supply chain from point of origination to point of destination. AVANTE uses patented technologies that exceed C-TPAT container security requirements. The system is the only one in the world that provides real-time alerts and notifications of any theft or damage to a container’s contents and security breaches from any of the six sides of the container. Exceptions and/or intrusions are detected by AVANTE’s patented multi-mode sensors and RFID devices inside the container and reported in real-time to shippers, buyers, authorities including customs, insurance providers, and 3PL providers via SMS, email, and other communications channels as required. A user-friendly web-based interface provides stakeholders the ability to check the conditions of the goods together with intrusion, tampering, temperature, moisture, and another sensor-based status anytime and anywhere in the supply chain.

 

Supply Chain Security

AVANTE Supply Chain Security Monitoring Services provides its subscribers with a certificate and documentation of end-to-end tracking and monitoring for each container shipment. This report may be used for insurance rate negotiation, adjudication, and possible “green lane” inspection qualification and compliance.

 

The Cold chain

 Typical for the “cold chain” end-to-end temperature-moisture documentation on-and-of products; verifiable end-to-end temperature-moisture exceptions-and durations as well as verifiable chain-of-custody; Actionable real-time exception alerts on temperature-humidity; Detailed out-of-bound temperature-time report for FirstExpire-First-Out (FERO) execution with confidence.

 

Intelligent monitoring systems

 

A review of the technical and scientific status quo of intelligent monitoring systems for freight transport, traceability issues, vehicle location technologies, the IT systems available (wired and wireless), and radio frequency identification seems to be vital in order for a better understanding of specific and complex nature of the challenge. The entire area of interest of the modern electronic cargo tracking systems as a part of intelligent freight technologies is bounded by specific elements, such as Traceability. Improving transport efficiency is possible through the activities, such as the development, deployment, and use of intelligent transport systems based on advanced information and communications technologies.

 

 

Conclusion:

The container trade faces a lot of challenges comprising container tracking, real-time and authentic monitoring and intrusion detection, real-time theft reporting mechanism, and status reporting of shipment items. Selecting an information technology-enabled tracking device with dual-mode satellite-cellular capabilities affords fleet managers the ability to send and receive large amounts of data.  A good example of an integrated system is presented in AVANTE’s end-to-end intermodal container supply chain security tracking system, where all modern technologies are presented and serve to achievement of high performance and standards.

 

 

 

 

 

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