Container 42 will embark on a two-year data-collecting mission around the world
Port of Rotterdam has launched a container on the first leg of a two-year data-collecting mission around the world.
During this journey, the hyper-smart Container 42 – which houses an array of sensors and communications equipment – will measure changes in parameters like vibration, slope, position, sound, local air pollution, humidity and temperature. The unit has also been fitted with solar panels, which can be used to determine how much power a container can generate during a given journey by ship, train or truck. The container will make its first stop in early June in Munich, Germany where it will be presented to the public during the trade event Transport Logistic 2019.
Container 42 will collect data as it is shipped by sea and travels overland. The data will provide insight into the challenges faced during transport and logistics and contribute to developing a ‘digital twin’ for the port: a digital representation of the actual, physical port area. The foundations for the project are formed by the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s existing internet of things platform.
The Port Authority uses this cloud-based platform to collect and process data coming in from sensors installed throughout the port area.
This provides users with real-time information about the local infrastructure, water and air quality, among others – allowing the port of Rotterdam to further improve its services.
A statement comments “The digitalisation of Rotterdam’s port services will contribute to the even safer, swifter and more reliable forwarding of cargo. At some point in the future, it will also enable Rotterdam to accommodate autonomous shipping in its port area.”