Traxens publishes smart container data standards

Container IoT (internet of things) company Traxens reports that it has led the development of a set of standards for smart container data exchange published by the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), to facilitate the use of smart container data across the industry.

The Business Requirements Specifications (BRS) for internationally standardised messaging introduced by Traxens are the result of a project initiated in October 2017, which aimed to create global standards for the exchange of data to ensure interoperability and easy integration within different systems. Data is generated once and shared between multiple stakeholders, platforms and systems.

These new standards will now also be used as the basis for API development, Traxens says, to allow data to be easily shared by supply chain stakeholders using different software systems.

“Thanks to smart containers standardised messages, the computer representation of the supply chain will become synchronised with the physical world, increasing the speed and accuracy of decision-making, the automation as part of transport and logistics execution and the seamless collaboration between stakeholders,” said Hanane Becha, Innovation and Standards Senior Manager at Traxens.

“Enhanced data will improve visibility and predictability for stakeholders as well as for regulatory agencies who need detailed information on consignments before they arrive at the border.”

Traxens counts container giants CMA CGM, Maersk and MSC as shareholders, underpinning its ability to create a viable standard for the liner sector.