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Published: February 2008
Mark-It goes wireless
Leading US reefer monitoring service provider Mark-It Services (MIS) has launched a wireless asset monitoring (WAM) solution for reefer containers called WAM-D. MIS has been providing reefer monitoring services in the US since 1989 and serves all major shipping lines and intermodal providers there, monitoring over 75,000 containers per month.
The new WAM-D solution enables wireless monitoring and control through a hardware and software platform that is available to reefer owners through MIS’s core service offerings and to ports and intermodal terminals as a standalone system. It is based around a proprietary data acquisition device, effectively an active RFID tag with a full two-way radio, that is connected to the reefer unit data port. The unit is powered by a replaceable longlife battery so it can operate independently of the reefer container itself. The tags are read in the yard by a single reader node that can pick up tags in a 200-400m radius. Data is then sent from the reader node to a server in the control room....
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