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ZIM to monitor its reefers through ORBCOMM’s fleet management platform

ZIM has selected ReeferConnect, a fleet management platform developed by the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider ORBCOMM, to monitor remotely its refrigerated containers.

The Israeli box carrier will be able to access data from multiple types of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and third-party telematics devices through ORBCOMM's platform, which is expected to enable ZIM to gain full two-way command and control of their reefers, providing real-time location, reefer health status, climate control, geofence management and motion detection.

In addition, ORBCOMM noted there will be alarm generation and automated notifications facilitate rapid response and repair, helping to reduce cargo spoilage and costly insurance claims.

Furthermore, the pre-trip inspection (PTI) analysis and control feature help expedite deliveries at ports and increase asset turns, while reducing carbon output and meeting compliance commitments for decarbonisation, according to ORBCOMM.

"ORBCOMM’s ReeferConnect platform is dynamic and flexible, facilitating the exchange of actionable data from the wide array of telematics devices deployed across our container fleet and allowing us to view it all through a single pane of glass seamlessly," pointed out Gil Lehmann, head of global logistics equipment for ZIM.

According to the announcement, ReeferConnect seamlessly integrates with ZIM’s backend system, ZIMonitor, enabling deeper data insights and maximum visibility of ZIM's reefers and temperature-sensitive cargo.

ORBCOMM noted that with access to meaningful data from every type of telematics device deployed across their fleet, the Haifa-based line can reduce operating and maintenance costs, improve cargo care, optimise fleet efficiency and mitigate business risks associated with managing their refrigerated containers across global maritime, port and intermodal transport networks.

"ORBCOMM’s exciting service agreement with ZIM sets a new industry standard for shipping container management that helps drive more profitable operations on road, rail and sea," said Al Tama, ORBCOMM’s vice president of container and port solutions.

He added that ReeferConnect platform will provide ZIM with "two-way command and control over their multi-asset fleet, enabling full visibility and traceability at every point in their global supply chain."

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