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By Claire Swedberg

Orbcomm Launches Next-Gen Cargo Security, Condition-Monitoring Solution

Orbcomm, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, has announced the release of its new CargoWatch Secure, a real-time cargo security and condition monitoring solution designed to provide shipment lifecycle awareness and visibility of dry and refrigerated cargo in transit and in storage. The application is able to traverse across a variety of transportation modes, according to the company, as well as serve multiple parties, from origin to destination. CargoWatch Secure users come from a variety of commercial and governmental sectors.

The solution relies on ZigBee-based sensors and other wireless technologies to detect temperature changes, light, vibration and other factors that may affect product integrity. The solution also includes an attached GPS/GSM electronic bolt seal or similar device that can be affixed to the outside of the trailer or container at the start of the trip. The status and location of the transportation assets and shipments in transit are continuously monitored for specific conditions, including tampering, motion, light levels and temperature. In the event of any anomalies, such as the bolt seal being broken, the detection of light or temperature thresholds being exceeded, the system generates alerts. Customers can then review those alerts and reports via the CargoWatch Secure application.

The new version of CargoWatch Secure features functionality improvements—advanced trip-management capabilities with seamless integration into third-party data feeds, advanced reporting capabilities and more. There are also significant improvements to the user experience, the company notes: a fresh and modern look and feel, new icons, improved layouts and data organization, quicker navigation, and a new dashboard for quick access to critical information.

In addition, the new version has been designed and built on a flexible IoT platform that allows for quick and seamless integration of a wide range of devices and services. According to the company, this allows Orbcomm to customize the solution and integrate technology as required to accommodate specific customer needs.

Orbcomm says it drew on its expertise in transportation and logistics to develop CargoWatch Secure for monitoring the global supply chain in real time. The application enables customers, including port and logistics zone operators, fleet owners, freight forwarders, customs and tax, and other government agencies, to detect, manage and correct supply chain anomalies in real time, thereby resulting in reduced losses and claims, according to the company. It also provides tools to help improve operational efficiency, enhance customer service and ensure compliance with government regulations, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's upcoming Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)., the company adds.

According to Orbcomm, CargoWatch Secure is designed to transform trip data into billing and insurance records so customers can quickly manage accounts payable, complete audits and provide value-added services to customers such as shipment status, current location and estimated time of arrival. The application also combines trip information, user-defined business rules and sensor data, such as exception-based alerts for door intrusion, unplanned or timed stops or deviations, geofences, temperature fluctuations, and tampering, with advanced reporting capabilities to deliver smart actionable data and customized reports.

CargoWatch Secure supports the company's cargo security device portfolio, as well as select third-party devices that communicate with the application via RFID, GSM cellular, satellite, and ZigBee wireless technologies. In addition, the company indicates, CargoWatch Secure interfaces with partner systems for non-intrusive integration and quick, cost-effective implementation.

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