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Ocean ETA Provides Visibility to Location of Vessels and Cargo Contained Within

Savi's new satellite- and cellular-based system for tracking goods from land to sea offers companies access to location and condition data regarding goods traveling across oceans.
By Claire Swedberg
Oct 31, 2017

Sensor analytics solutions company Savi Technology has released its new Ocean ETA functionality to bring visibility into the location of shipments as they move across waterways. Several companies have been trialing the technology for the past two months, the company reports, to view where high-value products are located as they travel between continents, as well as when they are expected to reach their port.

Ocean ETA is part of Savi's solution known as Savi Visibility. The information captured through the Ocean ETA system can then be securely managed and shared through the company's Multi-Enterprise Grid, Savi Technology reports. The Multi-Enterprise Grid allows shippers to provides visibility or performance information to customers or partners. The new functionality employs satellite and cellular data to bring more continuous visibility to that system with oceangoing data.

Nanette Efird
The logistics of land-to-sea shipments can be highly complex. Multiple stakeholders have an interest in knowing what goods were loaded onto which vessel, and when they left one port and will arrive at their destination. If a vessel is delayed, the destination port's workers and assets—such as lifting cranes—might be tied up waiting, while if it is early, the vessel unloading could be delayed as well while crews and assets are summoned. On the other hand, the company that owns the goods being shipped, such as a retailer or manufacturer, has an interest in knowing which goods are loaded aboard any specific vessel, and thus when they can be expected to be available to stores or at the receiving facility.

Savi Technology, located in Alexandria, Va., already offers its Multi-Enterprise Grid that serves as a single cloud-based solution for companies to track and share subsets of information about where goods are located, to help them optimize their operations and to reduce costs. The company has geofenced most domestic and international ports with real-time location technology including active RFID readers.

However, Ocean ETA provides further data and analytics by tracking the location of oceangoing containers and goods, even when they are in the middle of the sea. The firm brought Nanette Efird, its product VP, onboard earlier this month from General Electric, where she had helped that company's customers in tightening their supply chain with data and analytics solutions for logistics and supply chain verticals. In joining Savi, Efird brings that background as Savi moves beyond RFID to a full solution for supply chain management.

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