Europe’s first end-to-end cargo LoRaWAN based cargo temperature monitoring service launched through collaboration by Port of Antwerp, Foodcareplus, Dockflow, and TrakAssure

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The Port of Antwerp, Europe’s second-largest container hub, in collaboration with, Foodcareplus an integrated international logistics provider offering specialty services in the food transportation industry,  Dockflow the world’s first integrated logistics enablement platform offering container visibility, and TrakAssure, a leading provider of cargo monitoring solutions based on the ever-growing global LoRaWAN IoT network, have announced a service offering cargo temperature condition monitoring service for logistics assets and cargo, providing exception alerting solutions for cargoes for both shippers and 3PLs.

The solution uses existing LoRaWAN infrastructure at the port, where TrakAssure monitors are installed at load location and data streams into Dockflow’s servers via API, allowing it to be shared with relevant stakeholders in the cold chain.

“This solution will allow us to monitor and manage higher volumes by exception, allowing us to devote fewer man-hours to this particular task, thereby servicing our customer base with better quality”, Notes Steve Alaerts, Director at Foodcareplus.

“We now can manage by exception based on real-time data and share it through our enablement platform, so we can dispatch resources as required to pay particular attention to containers that display temperature variations”, adds Michiel Valee, Co-founder at Dockflow.

“Cargo monitoring solutions have been around for a long time, and many of the processes for retrieving data loggers are time-consuming and labour-intensive, presenting only rear-view visibility with many hidden costs. With this new technology, TrakAssure can provide real-time data globally, connected through various public or private LoRaWAN gateways around the world. We can achieve this level of visibility while keeping costs down to levels that rival traditional data logger price points. We expect the first mover Port of Antwerp to become a model for many more global ports offering these services to increase volumes and offer better quality service to the intermodal community.” Says Don Miller, Board Member at TrakAssure.

“At the port of Antwerp, our interest is to grow our volumes and provide services that have a meaningful impact on our customers and partners. By enabling network connectivity at the port, we allow our ecosystem to develop and engage while sharing data in an open and transparent environment that fosters higher quality through innovation. This project is a true testament to the value-added environment we wish to create for our customers.” Notes Stef Wilrycx, Marketing Expert at the Port of Antwerp.

The team is now moving to the commercial phase of the project and will deploy many thousands of monitors on cargo passing through the port within the next 12 months.

About Foodcareplus

Foodcareplus is an integrated international market access and logistics service provider operating in the food industry and part of Remant, a family-owned forwarding company with expertise in logistic niches and a strong focus on international maritime forwarding, logistics in Africa, customs expertise, and overseas reefer transport.

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About TrakAssure

Focusing on wireless IoT solutions based on the new LoRaWAN IoT standard, TrakAssure is the fastest company providing cargo and asset monitoring supply chain tracking and visibility solutions for small, medium, and large enterprises by delivering cutting-edge solutions founded on innovative business and IT methodologies. We leverage our experience in global deployments to offer bespoke visibility solutions that are priced for the cost-conscious logistics industry.

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Dockflow is building the world’s first Logistics Enablement Platform. This platform empowers logistics teams to work more efficiently and pleasantly, so they can deliver better service to customers and focus on meaningful tasks.

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About Port of Antwerp

As Europe’s second-largest port, the Port of Antwerp is a major lifeline for the Belgian economy: more than 300 line services to over 800 destinations ensure global connectivity. The Port of Antwerp annually handles around 240 million tonnes of international maritime freight, and is home to Europe’s largest integrated chemical cluster. The Port of Antwerp accounts, directly and indirectly, for a total of around 143.000 jobs and more than €20 billion in added value.  

True to its mission ‘a home port vital for a sustainable future, Antwerp Port Authority aims to flexibly respond to a rapidly evolving maritime market, allowing the port to continue playing its role as a leading world port. The emphasis in this respect is on cooperation, adaptability, a strong focus on innovation and digitisation, and sustainable added value, as well as on responsibility towards society. 

Antwerp Port Authority is a limited liability company of public law, with the City of Antwerp as the sole shareholder. It employs over 1.600 people. Port alderman Annick De Ridder is chairman of the Board of Directors, and Jacques Vandermeiren is CEO and President of the Executive Committee, which is responsible for the day-to-day management. 

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