Maersk and IBM keep tabs on cargo

Maersk Logistics and IBM are introducing a wireless tracking system for the international cargo industry.

Maersk Logistics and IBM are introducing a wireless tracking system for the international cargo industry.

Designed for large shipping containers, the pair have developed Tamper-Resistant Embedded Controllers, or TRECs. The TRECs are supported by back-end software and a wireless network, and a sensor system will allow shippers to track their cargo in transit.

Maersk is an international leader in freight movement and logistics and is set to use the system in its own business. It is expected to be offered to the wider logistics industry next year.

The system is designed to help users more easily manage their supply chain and make changes in advance of their cargo arriving at its destination.

It is also designed to offer greater security, as sensors in a TREC can detect whether a container door has been wrongly opened, for instance.

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