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Container 42 gets a lock

Imbema has added its container security device to the sensor-laden data collection box called Container 42.

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Container 42 gets a lock

Container 42 is a project led by the Port of Rotterdam to collect a wide array of data from sensors inside a 40ft container as it makes its way around the world over two years. Powered by solar panels, Container 42 is fitted with location, shock, temperature, climate, pitch, noise, air quality and other sensors.


The goal of the project is to support digitalisation and, from the Port of Rotterdam’s perspective in particular, make progress towards developing data and data standards to support the operation of autonomous ships and digital shipping processes. The project was launched in May this year when Container 42 was loaded in on a barge in Rotterdam as the first step in a multi modal journey to Munich.


Imbema is a family-owned company that specialises in innovations for water infrastructure, road construction, energy companies and the transportation sector, where its products include the SBS (Security & Safety products) range of mechanical locks. Initially not equipped with any security measures Container 42 has now been fitted with a “high-end SBS security lock.”


The lock is installed on the inside of the container and can be opened or closed using a transponder or a PIN code. “A smart lock at the inside of Container 42 is a revolutionary concept in container logistics,” said Container 42’s Erwin Rademaker. “While in transport, Container 42 will be secured and locked all the time instead of being at risk of easily being opened from the outside. This is an example of the kind of mind shift thinking cargo owners have been waiting for, I think.”

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