u-blox: Standards-based IoT connectivity to gateways and the cloud is essential for container trackers get their message out – on land, on sea, and in the air.

Holding up US$ 9.6 billion of goods per day, the Suez canal blockage earlier this year was a poignant reminder of the immense value of raw materials, intermediate goods, and finished products that transit the globe every day. Split up between refrigerated “reefers” and dry containers, cargo containers revolutionized logistics by offering a standardized unit that could be efficiently handled and seamlessly transferred from marine vessels to train wagons to trucks. Similarly, ULDs (unit load devices) used for air freight, IBCs (intermediate bulk containers), and good old pallets (that are now becoming more connected and smarter) brought increased uniformity across logistics chains.

With the rise of wireless connectivity and the internet of things (IoT), global cargo tracking solutions are gaining in popularity to help logistics operators, customers, and owners optimize their supply chains by keeping track of the status and whereabouts of assets on the move. Digital interoperability between the myriad cargo tracking solutions may well be the next game changer, helping to maximize the value gained from the gathered data…