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DCSA Establishes IoT Standards for Smart Containers

published IoT connectivity interface standards for shipping containers with its nine members. The vessel operators and owners, ports, terminals, container yards, inland logistics providers and other third parties can implement the standards to ensure interoperability between smart container solutions at the radio interface level. This will enable the uninterrupted flow of relevant information regarding the whereabouts of containers throughout its journey.

DCSA IoT standards provide a set of connectivity recommendations that are vendor and platform agnostic to reduce investment risk, increase operational efficiency and enable innovation. It will further allow carriers and supply chain participants to focus on facilitating more valuable services to their customers.

New standards focus on the connectivity requirements for reefer and dry containers, as well as the RFID registration of these containers. And it will focus on data structure and handling, physical device specifications as well as security and access management.

“We are thrilled to be introducing our first set of IoT standards for the industry. This release is an important step in enabling mass deployment of smart containers and forms the foundation of a group of standards that will address the industry’s most critical container use cases. Once implemented, our IoT standards will enable, for example, reefer container tracking, monitoring and controlling along the entire container journey, with no connectivity ‘blind spots’. This will provide more value to the end customer while increasing the efficiency of container operations. Equally as important, we’re giving the industry a framework for interoperability that will allow stakeholders to create innovative IoT solutions that can be leveraged by any industry stakeholder, market supplier or service provider,” said Thomas Bagge, CEO of DCSA.

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