CMA CGM takes the humble container into the digital age

Perpignan: CMA CGM is investing in ‘smart’ containers to keep a better track of where its cargoes are in the world. The French containerline has invested in French tech startup, Traxens.

“With this cooperation, CMA CGM places itself as a precursor in the Big Data implementation in the transport field, and will offer its clients unique tracking solutions and real-time data collecting from all over the world,” the Marseille-headquarted firm said in a release.

Elie Zeenny, CMA CGM senior vice president, said: “With this technology, CMA CGM brings the shipping industry into a new era. In a world where information is the key, we are taking a significant step ahead. We will now be able to collect data in real-time, which is equally important to us and to our clients. Containers are becoming connected devices.”

Traxens will shortly equip the first CMA CGM containers with its patented technology. It will then be possible to know in real-time not only a container’s position, but also its temperature, the vibrations it will be subjected to, any attempted burglary, the presence of traces of specific substances in the air or even the regulatory status of the cargo.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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