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My name is Container 42, the smartest container on the planet

innovation - shipping and freight resourceInnovation, creativity and digitalisation is in full flow within the shipping and freight industry..

The ubiquitous freight container has remained the same in terms of its design and structure and has not undergone much significant change in the last 50 odd years..

But in the recent past, it is being transformed quite dramatically..

Whether as a smart container or as an art form to create awareness or as a useful tool in society, the freight container is moving forward in leaps and bounds..

As of today, 23,047,993 TEUs are in circulation around the world.. That is 23 million+ TEUs..!!

Yet if a container or its cargo is damaged, stolen, delayed, lost at sea or in transit we do not have immediate visibility leading to loss of revenue and productivity, not to mention the goods itself..

This poses a major challenge and there is a strong and growing need for integrity and transparency in the supply chain.. This challenge can be overcome only if valuable, granular, near real-time, reliable and secure data is available to us at all times..

The Port of Rotterdam, one of the leading ports in the world, is the highest ranking container terminal in Europe with great ambitions to be the smartest port around..

In line with this, the Port of Rotterdam is taking the lead in the digital transformation of port and logistics and is experimenting with various projects involving digitalisation..

One such project is Container 42..

As a partner in this project, Intel have taken up the challenge to create the missing visibility.. The product development team at Intel have studied the key challenges logistics service providers face when implementing IoT, including interoperability, security, and connectivity..

Based on this study, they have developed the Intel® Connected Logistics Platform, a certified, ready-to-deploy and customizable platform consisting of smart tags, mobile and fixed Intel-based gateways, and a visual dashboard that provides condition and location monitoring of freight down to the individual item-level..

This study and planning led to the creation of Container 42..

Container 42, dubbed as the “world’s smartest container” is equipped with sensors and communication technology using which, it will collect data as it travels around the world for two years..

It will record vibrations, pitch, position, noise, air pollution, temperature and humidity among other things that the container will encounter on its journey..

Container 42 is expected to be the prototype for the regular containers which will make valuable, granular, near real-time, reliable and secure data available to the logistics service providers, BCOs across various industries especially high value and perishable industries..

During its journey, the onboard sensors on the container will continuously measure the conditions and environment inside and around the container, collecting a wide array of data about its condition during various stages of transport..

The container will act as a probe throughout its journey at sea, port, on road, rail recording the processes along the way..

The collected data and insights will help in understanding the challenges ahead and the questions that we need to ask  have to ask ourselves on solving the same and making logistics seamless and easy..

The solar panels on the container will be used to determine how much power a container can generate during a given journey by ship, train or truck..

Container 42 - shipping and freight resource

Container 42 is a collaborative project that has been supported by a range of stakeholders, including IBM, Cisco, Esri, Axians, Intel, HyET Solar, Van Donge & de Roo, Awake.ai, Betta Batteries, Simwave, Advanced Mobility Services, Kalmar and Shipping Technology..

The first stop of Container 42 will be Munich, Germany where it will be on show at the Transport Logistics 2019 between 4-7th June 2019..

Fair seas and following winds to the Port of Rotterdam in its effort to reach its ambition to be the smartest port..

Container 42, let your journey be successful and reveal all the secrets of the shipping universe..

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Hariesh Manaadiar
Hariesh Manaadiarhttps://www.shippingandfreightresource.com
I am Hariesh Manaadiar, the Founder of Shipping and Freight Resource.. I have been in the dynamic shipping and freight industry for over three decades and have worked in several sectors.. I share my experiences and knowledge of the industry through this blog for those looking for help in the industry.. Stay subscribed for more free useful content about shipping, freight, maritime, logistics, supply chain and trade..


  1. “….there is a strong and growing need for integrity and transparency in the supply chain….,”” . If you want to change booking for 10 $ . Don’t expect transparency. Do introspection in your business first.

  2. Container 42 certainly is the future for safe passage of cargo the valuable efforts put into by the team are really commendable and I wish them all the success for now and for the future.
    Best regards


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