Boluda introduces container monitoring system

Maritime services provider Boluda Corporación Marítima has introduced an asset tracking system from Spain-based WITRAC for tracking of its vessels and containers, and for monitoring of reefer status changes.

Integrated with LoRa devices from Semtech and leveraging the LoRaWAN standard, WITRAC’s Total Track & Trace Intelligent Platform will be used to monitor cold chain assets in Boluda’s supply chain.

Using a combination of LoRaWAN, Wi-Fi, BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy), and cellular connectivity options within a single hardware device, WITRAC’s system provides real-time visibility and control of offshore operations.

In addition to temperature monitoring, the platform’s ‘Perfect Route System’ is able to geolocate the fleet’s vessels, allowing alerts to be set for deviations in fuel consumption, speed, routes, or miles travelled.

Boluda has implemented WITRAC’s platform to monitor the location and temperature status of fresh food and medicine on its seven container vessels traveling from the Spanish mainland on the maritime corridor linking the Port of Cádiz to the island ports of Las Palmas and Tenerife.

“With ships transporting thousands of containers, installing a satellite modem in each container would make this type of solution economically non-viable,” said Jose Pons Ballester, co-founder and CTO of WITRAC.

“Employing a network using LoRaWAN as well as leveraging the LoRa 2.4GHz band allowed us to place a WITRAC device in every single container to share real-time offshore and onshore visibility to thousands of containers — an unmatched value for our customers.”

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