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Inland container tracking solutions sought by multinational shipping company.




A multinational shipping enterprise with a base in the Netherlands wants to inform its clients about location and estimated time of arrival of their containers. Therefore it is looking for partners with novel approaches to track containers before and after sea transport without adding an extra device. It aims to set up a cooperative pilot project to show the potential of the technology within the framework of a services agreement. This technology request is part of an open innovation challenge.


The multinational shipping company provides container transport worldwide. The transport of containers consists of transport at sea and inland transport to and from the ports. The inland transport is executed by contractors or subcontractors. With processes getting more time critical in the economy there is a need for information about the location and estimated time of arrival of the container. At the moment this information is only available with help of wireless devices working on batteries that are applied on eg. reefer containers. Since this is an expensive and vulnerable solution the shipping company is looking for solutions that do not need this. And with nowadays a lot of technologies becoming available in the field of e.g. truck tracking, traffic management, fleet management etc. new smart solutions could be possible. Therefore the company is looking for partners that can help develop new ways of inland container tracking so the customer can be informed about the location and estimated time of arrival of the container. The company is open for cooperation with a broad spectrum of partners such as SME's, R&D institutes and universities, preferably within the framework of a services agreement.

This technology request is an innovation challenge that is published on an open innovation platform. If interest in cooperation with this firm is expressed, the potential partner will be guided towards this open innovation platform on which he can get in touch with the company via a chat facility. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential. Besides open discussion on the platform, sharing of confidential information will be made possible on demand. After closing of the open innovation platform on November 23rd, the corporate company will make a selection of the organizations that have been active in the chat for further contact. Expressions of interest that are made after November 23rd will be handled as usual in the Network.

Partner expertise sought:

- Type of partner sought: - Logistics
- Cargo and container tracking
- ICT related to Geographical Information Systems (GIS), route planning, parcel delivery
- ICT related to truck, inland shipping, train
- Mobile technology, terminal technology
- Internet of Things
- Truck data technology, boardcomputers, truck navigation
- Knowledge of developments in sea container transport
- Specific area of activity of the partner: Type of partner: company, university or research organization

Area of activity: development, (applied) research, consultancy in the field of ICT, GIS, fleet management, logistics etc.

Task to be performed: set up a cooperative pilot project to show the potential and the applicability of new container tracking concepts for worldwide container transport.

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Energy \ Transport & Logistics \ Software \ Multimedia, Digital Content and Gaming \ Renewables
ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMS / Information Processing & Systems, Workflow / Imaging, Image Processing, Pattern Recognition / ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMS / IT and Telematics Applications / Applications for Transport and Logistics / ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMS / IT and Telematics Applications / GIS Geographical Information Systems / INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Process control and logistics / Process automation
Freight rail transport / Freight transport by road / Sea and coastal freight water transport / Inland freight water transport
OTHER / Transportation / Trucking / OTHER / Transportation / Airfield and other transportation services / OTHER / Transportation / Other transportation


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