ZIM to roll out remote reefer monitoring system

Container line ZIM Integrated Shipping Services is to implement a remote monitoring system from ORBCOMM to manage its refrigerated containers, offering two-way command and control using the ReeferConnect fleet management platform.

The software provides access to data from multiple third-party telematics devices through an integrated platform, including real-time location, reefer health status, climate control, geofencing and motion detection.

Alarm generation and automated notifications will allow ZIM to optimise response and repair processes, helping to reduce cargo spoilage and costly insurance claims. In addition, a pre-trip inspection (PTI) analysis and control feature is also available to assist in expediting deliveries at ports.

ReeferConnect will integrate with ZIM’s own backend system, ZIMonitor, to allow data about its refrigerated containers and temperature-sensitive cargo to be readily accessible to other applications.

“ORBCOMM’s ReeferConnect platform is dynamic and flexible, facilitating the exchange of actionable data from the wide array of telematics devices deployed across our container fleet and allowing us to view it all through a single pane of glass seamlessly,” said Gil Lehmann, Head of Global Logistics Equipment for ZIM Integrated Shipping Services.

“We’re pleased to work with ORBCOMM on this industry-leading effort to digitalise our end-to-end supply chain, drive better business decisions and meet our efficiency and sustainability goals through their advanced platform.”

In related news, ORBCOMM has also launched its new CT 1000 unit for end-to-end supply chain monitoring of dry containers. Expected to be commercially available in early 2023, the system can track the location and status of the containers at every point in their journey, offering both real-time and historical reporting.

Temperature monitoring and shock detection will be included as standard features, allowing users to monitor the status of cargo at all times and be directly notified of tampering, unauthorised access or unscheduled loading or unloading.

The ATEX Zone 2 explosion-proof equipment features intelligent solar power management, expected to provide up to three months of operation at 75% capacity without sun exposure, and can be supplied with ORBCOMM’s Global SIM for LTE coverage and wireless BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) sensors to support different applications.

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