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Towards a standard for container telematics

The Container Owners Association is to launch telematics interoperability standard for shipping containers

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The Container Owners Association (COA), the international organisation representing the common interests of freight container owners, has announced that its Telematics/Track Trace Work Group plans to launch “an open standard (at the application layer level) to permit interoperability of telematics device data from the various solution providers in the maritime shipping sector,” a move it described as “unprecedented”.

 

“The open standard, which will start with refrigerated containers, but then be expanded to cover all container types, will pave the way for all container owners to have multiple choices of vendors and platforms for their container fleets when choosing telematics systems. This will reduce risk and provide a more competitive and innovative marketplace of solutions to be explored and deployed,” said the COA.

 

Commenting on this initiative, Brian Darnowski, Chairman of the COA, stated: “We are very pleased that the COA has been able to facilitate the coming together of all the prominent telematics vendors in the market today and support them to agree to take this vital step that is essential for the growth of technology solutions in our industry.” WorldCargo News understands the vendors involved include Globe Tracker, Orbcomm, Emerson, Traxens, Nexiot and Atheraxon. It is still open for other COA members to join the working group.

 

Darnowski believes a standard for telematics data will help the industry deploy other technology. “This new open standard will allow container owners to explore more complex IT, Artificial Intelligence and even Blockchain applications to bring efficiencies and cost savings to our members,” he said.

 

While the first step of the open standard is at the application layer, the COA says its Work Group “has also drawn up a roadmap to be expanded right down to the device level in terms of specification. The open standard is scheduled to be published in October 2019.”

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