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Dream Cargo: Inspection-Free Shipment

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_hm
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_hm   10/17/2012 7:29:21 PM
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@Douglas: Thanks for clarification. I have seen them very effective in medical/phrama market and cost can be justified there. However, apart from $3 per BOM, infrastructure and trained people will cost much more. Idea is good, but it will take much longer time to be common practice.

 

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Douglas Alexander   10/17/2012 12:16:41 PM
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@TaimoorZ, the three dollar cost I cited was for the ZigBee transmit module in the TREC which are reprogram able and reusable. So once a TREC is purchased and attached to a container, you are good to go for a year. The cost of ownership over a year goes way down when divided by the number of uses per year. Couple that with Item level passive RFID, and now the track and trace at specific milestones along the way, allow for an end-to-end solution for containers, LTL, pallet, carton, and items. Scan in and scan out operations can be done at all levels simultaneously and compared to a high level electronic shipping manifest that would immediately catch any quantity, contents, and weight disparities and alert the shipper's authorities immediately. I think this is great technology. I expect it will become ubiquitous fairly soon.

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TaimoorZ   10/17/2012 11:52:21 AM
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Seems like a pretty decent idea but the cost element would be a deterrent in making it being used on a mass scale. Unless the cost comes down, the technology would be restricted to only a few companies.

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Douglas Alexander   10/16/2012 8:30:11 PM
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_hm Here it is from Wikipedia. The ZigBee Radio is just about the same size as a US Quarter coin.

ZigBee is a specification for a suite of high level communication protocols using small, low-power digital radios based on an IEEE 802 standard for personal area networks. ZigBee devices are often used in mesh network form to transmit data over longer distances, passing data through intermediate devices to reach more distant ones. This allows ZigBee networks to be formed ad-hoc, with no centralized control or high-power transmitter/receiver able to reach all of the devices. Any ZigBee device can be tasked with running the network.

ZigBee is targeted at applications that require a low data rate, long battery life, and secure networking. ZigBee has a defined rate of 250 kbit/s, best suited for periodic or intermittent data or a single signal transmission from a sensor or input device.[1] Applications include wireless light switches, electrical meters with in-home-displays, traffic management systems, and other consumer and industrial equipment that requires short-range wireless transfer of data at relatively low rates. The technology defined by the ZigBee specification is intended to be simpler and less expensive than other WPANs, such as Bluetooth.

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Douglas Alexander   10/16/2012 8:26:10 PM
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_hm Here is the ZigBee link if you want to do more investigation. http://www.scribd.com/doc/52223937/10/ZigBee-Router-ZBR-IEEE-802-15-4-FFD

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Douglas Alexander   10/16/2012 8:21:36 PM
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_hm, Depending upon the radio transmission mode the power modules could last up to 1 year. Couple that with passive RFID and there is no time limit. Bu to be absolutely proactical, using IEEE 802.15.4 the radio part of the tech only cost about $3/BOM and is simple as it can operate in up to 64000 nodes with only about 30ms of latency. The reporting range is about 70 meters and can be amplified actively for an extended range. The slow data rate is around 250Kbbs and includes 128 bit AES encryption and application. The overall sensor application and network is called ZigBee and includes a ZigBee Coordinator (FFD)Full Function Device, ZigBee Router (FFD), ZigBee end device (RFD, Reduced Function Device, or FFD), the mesh link, and a star link. The network is fixed on any vessel and linked to any port with the ZigBee equipment. So with the extender in place, the entire range of the freighter is covered for transmission and read capability. ZigBee is designed for low to very low duty cycles in static and dynamic environments with many active nodes. Pretty cool stuff.

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_hm   10/16/2012 7:39:22 PM
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It may be little expensive and suitable for specialized value added cargo. But it will be quite effective for this type of cargo. Does this cargo needs some sort of power to operate? Will be it be hazardeous for having batterty inside it? How long this power will last?

 

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Barbara Jorgensen   10/16/2012 4:43:53 PM
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Minus the TRAC, isn't the intent of this system similar to a voluntary security system initiated by the US government a decade ago?  I can't even remember the acronym, but it was supported by large electronics OEMs that voluntarily complied with the regulation and then pushed it down their supply chain. At any rate, that was the idea. Guess it didn't take off. Will keep on searching for it--it had a funky acronym that I never got right...

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Douglas Alexander   10/16/2012 4:17:09 PM
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@Clairvoyant, You are right on the money. The idea of the living labs experiment was to be able to identify trusted businesses not so they would not be inspected, but rather that they would be inspected less frequently. This would of course leave open time and resources to go after the unknown or unregistered companies' containers. The streamlining also becomes evident in the billing operations where the government can collect Customs payments and excise taxes (Beer in the living labs experiment) from aggregated shipment roll-ups over a period of time. The billing frequency would be dependent upon the company's payment disciplines exoerienced by the government. As trust grows, the shipments are more easily expedited through channels. It is important to acknowledge that the government will only qualify a participant business after the business has demonstrated that their internal bookkeeping and documentation is up to the required standards. The added benefit of having a homogenous bookkeeping standard and SOA application that allows disparate operating systems to link, makes the entire process more easily automated. With the addition of TREC devices, authentication, verification, and location issues are also logged into the EDI systems in real-time. Imagine watching a world map and locating where each shipment is, with sensor data indicating environmental conditions, RFID inventroy contnets and counts, and position using 3-axis accelerometers. I think wemay see some legislation on this here in the US, Homeland Security will eat this kind of technology and security.

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Clairvoyant   10/16/2012 2:16:51 PM
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Great article Douglas. There are definitely many advantages to using a TREC type device for shipments. I think this is a very good idea that the industry should move forward with. I think inspection processes will always be needed though, even for trusted companies to ensure safety, however this technology could cut down the inspection time significantly.



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