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Shipping container tracking on the rise

Posted by Sarah Klinge on Wed, May 15, 2013 @ 10:24 AM

Recently posted by the World Cargo News, leading business intelligence provider, Berg Insight, reported in their 2013 research series that the quantity of intermodal shipping container tracking solutions is on the rise.

"The number of tracking systems with GPRS or satellite communication for intermodal containers in active use is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 49.1 percent from 137,000 units at the end of 2012 to 1.0 million by 2017," reports Berg Insight in their Container Tracking Security analysis.

Berg is of the opinion that shipments of high value and refrigerated containers will be among the first to utilize container tracking solutions.

Container tracking involves satellite tracking technology, datalogging, and data communication.

Inmarsat Satellite Communication

The report noted that container tracking became more of a priority after 9/11, however Klinge Corporation has been utilizing container tracking systems for about a decade. Klinge Corporation first offered shipping container tracking to their customers, namely global chemical companies, tasked with transporting dangerous goods, like organic peroxides and self-reactive substances. 

Klinge container tracking system is comprised of a satellite communication system using the Inmarsat satellite network for their Refrigerated Containers.

Our container tracking satellite system is a two-way data communications service that uses compact equipment with integrated GPS, for data transfer, remote monitoring, tracking and tracing. The satellite communication system transfers ambient temperature, cargo temperature, alarm status, and power on/off.

The data is accessible on a website specifically designed for Klinge’s satellite communication system. Users are assigned to their own password-protected site for the utmost security.

Case Study

Klinge Corporation recently supplied dual refrigeration system shipping containers to the U.S. Antarctic Program, under a contract with Raytheon Polar Services. The shipping containers included two refrigeration units with automatic switchover, as well as a back-up generator set, to ensure the safe transport of valuable ice core samples from Antarctica to the National Ice Core Laboratory in Colorado, U.S.

Container tracking system

As an added fail-safe, the equipment included our satellite communication system to monitor cargo temperature, ambient temperature, and alarm status. The ice core samples were valued at millions of dollars, so Klinge Corp's added security measure was higly attractive and proved to be effective in reporting real-time information to the cargo owners.

Klinge Corp has specialized in designing custom refrigerated containers for nearly 30 years and our proven shipping container tracking system has further enhanced our ability to provide ultra reliable and safe refrigerated containers for the transport of high value and temperature-sensitive cargo.


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