Wireless Maritime Services (WMS), Miramar, Fla., partnered with Globe Tracker, Denmark, to bring real-time reefer monitoring to Seaboard Marine, a Miami, Fla.-based subsidiary of Seaboard Corp.
With this new partnership, Seaboard Marine becomes what is said to be the world's first container ocean line to implement a truly portable, fully 24/7-monitored, 4G LTE-based private cellular and integrated satellite communication network for containers on vessels. This vessel network is seamless, inter-operable and provides end-to-end enhanced visibility and real-time connectivity, both in the cloud and on the vessel at sea. The full IoT visibility will be implemented across Seaboard Marine’s fleet of intermodal assets, including reefers, gensets, chassis and vessels.
"By IoT equipping our controlled atmosphere (CA) reefer fleet and other critical assets, we are well-positioned to provide more responsive cold chain services for our trade lanes, which facilitates complex processes such as USDA cold treatment," says Piero Buitano, vice president of Seaboard Marine.
"The vessel system also provides real-time alerts to crew technicians, so problems can be quickly detected and corrected, if necessary, thereby increasing temperature compliance," adds Frederick Urbina, refrigerated services manager at Seaboard Marine.
"Bringing WMS and Globe Tracker together creates a world-class integrated solution for Seaboard Marine. As the largest mobile network provider at sea, we are extremely happy to be working with Seaboard Marine on this project. They have been a valuable partner in pushing us to innovate first-to-market solutions that we are now deploying within their fleet. We look forward to continuing to partner with Seaboard Marine for future innovations," says Pramod Arora, president and CEO of WMS.
"We are more than delighted to team with WMS for Seaboard Marine. WMS offers the most advanced and most reliable maritime wireless solution in the market allowing our team to deploy the first portable 4G LTE vessel network, allowing deeper signal penetration in the cargo hold over competing solutions and resulting in superior network communications reliability," says Don Miller, vice president of marketing and sales for Globe Tracker.