Sensor ships: Why smart containers are the future of shipping

Smart containers are one way to create a more efficient, safe, and sustainable shipping supply chain. These are much like regular containers, but are pre-installed with sensors.

“A smart container is just a regular container, but you put a little chip in it that has a connection with a network,” explains Jules Kollmann, managing director, Containers and Logistics, ING.

The idea behind equipping containers with an array of sensors is that they can collect real-time data about everything from the temperature inside a container to its exact location—thanks to GPS tracking…

But success will depend on more than startups. According to Kollmann, it will require the rest of the transport and logistics industry to undergo a digitalization process that will allow data to be shared effectively between all parts of the supply chain.