From spring 2020, Nexxiot will equip VTG Rail Europe’s entire tank container fleet with Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, so that they can be located and monitored worldwide.
All of the 9,000 tank containers will be equipped with ‘Globehopper’ sensors developed by Nexxiot, aiming to bring more transparency and planning capability to VTG’s processes as well as added value for its end customers.
Helmut Kaspers, CEO of Nexxiot, said: “The tank container industry continues to evolve and is becoming increasingly digital. This offers operators of large fleets the opportunity to make practical use of the resulting data.
“Our solution enables VTG to call up information on the cargo, condition and punctuality of its tank containers at any time. Our service works worldwide and across all modes of transport. In this way, VTG can guarantee its customers more transparent transport for liquid and temperature-controlled products.”
Jan Röbken, managing director at VTG Tanktainer, stated: “Security and transparency in the supply chain are enormously important for our tank containers and we welcome every opportunity to further optimise this.”
VTG transports tank containers for the chemical, mineral oil and compressed gas industries worldwide, specialising in intermodal transport, and necessitating high safety standards for the IoT sensors.
The new generation of Globehoppers introduced in May 2019 is certified with the ATEX markings IIC and IIIC. This allows their operation even in areas where there is a constant risk of explosion, especially during the loading and unloading of tank containers.
In addition to the IoT hardware, Nexxiot has developed a software solution to analyse the information generated, offering the complete infrastructure with a cloud-based platform for processing the data from the sensors.
For VTG, this information will be fed directly into the company’s systems via an integrated solution from 2020.
Currently, Nexxiot has already equipped around 50,000 transport objects such as freight wagons and tank containers with sensors worldwide and provides the corresponding service, adding between 3,000 and 4,000 objects each month.