With a lot of regulations and legislation being introduced in the aftermath of 9/11, expectations the cargo container security and tracking industry would finally take off were high, prompting many vendors to enter this market with advanced solutions. While RFID-based point solutions at port yards are becoming more established - at least in North America and Western Europe - uptake of more advanced GPS-based solutions has been disappointing, despite several available solutions from vendors such as Skybitz, DB Schenker, Starcom, and Pointer Telocation.
This study explores the tracking and security of freight (cargo) containers as they are transported across international trade routes, including maritime environments (e.g. ports, oceans, etc.). The report covers maritime and intermodal asset management solutions that are enabled with a family of integrated wireless technologies to provide real-time, global tracking, security, and communications features. The research also focuses on the adoption of next-generation wireless technologies as enablers of cargo container tracking and security with a primary focus on active RFID, RTLS, and GPS technologies. Legacy tracking (barcode, OCR), security (mechanical seals), and communications (satellite, GPRS, Wi-Fi) technologies are also covered.