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Interoperability for “smart container” solutions

DCSA IoT standards are designed to enable mass deployment of interoperable “smart container” solutions. The standards can be implemented by vessel operators and owners as well as ports, terminals, container yards, inland logistics providers and other third parties. Once implemented, they will ensure an uninterrupted flow of relevant information regarding the whereabouts and status of containers and their contents at any point along the container journey. “Blind spots” will be eliminated from container tracking, controlling and monitoring.

DCSA has three planned IoT standards releases to address the interoperability requirements for the industry’s most urgent container use case groups: reefer containers, dry containers, and the RFID registration of these containers. The releases will focus on network infrastructure connectivity, data structure and handling, physical device specifications, and security and access management.

All recommendations in DCSA IoT standards are vendor and platform agnostic to reduce investment risk and increase operational efficiency. As such, the standards are designed to enable carriers and other supply chain participants to focus on providing more valuable and innovative services, as well as a better experience for their customers.

As open standards, DCSA IoT standards are complementary with the UN/CEFACT interoperability standards, namely the Multi Modal Transport Data Reference Model and the Smart Container Business Requirement Specifications in particular.