Hapag-Lloyd to roll-out IoT container monitoring

Global shipping line Hapag-Lloyd has agreed a deal with ORBCOMM to implement its telematics technology to provide end-to-end visibility of Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet of dry marine containers, becoming the first liner operator to adopt the IoT technology.

ORBCOMM’s dry container telematics system, which can be installed in less than a minute, will be used to manage compliance with certified-safe maritime industry standard and provide ongoing reporting.

The device, certified to the ATEX Zone 2 explosion-proof standard, offers intelligent solar power management and optional wireless sensor support, leveraging ORBCOMM’s Global SIM for LTE coverage.

The system will transmit the container’s real-time location and status over mobile networks to the Hapag-Lloyd LIVE platform, providing Hapag-Lloyd and its customers with visibility of their shipments, as well as data insights to support operational decision making.

“It is our vision to build the world’s smartest container fleet and to provide valuable information to our customers at the frequency they need,” said Olaf Habert, Director of Container Applications at Hapag-Lloyd.

“ORBCOMM’s advanced dry container solution offers the features and functionality we need to seamlessly manage our dry containers, while ensuring we improve the efficiency, safety, profitability and customer service levels throughout our complex global supply chains.”

Hapag-Lloyd expects to begin installing the ORBCOMM system on its dry containers later in the year.

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