Group launches telematics interoperability standard for shipping containers

The Container Owners Association (COA), the international organisation representing the common interests of freight containers owners, announced that its Telematics/Track Trace Work Group will take the unprecedented step of providing an open standard (at the application layer level) to permit interoperability of telematics device data from the various solution providers in the maritime shipping sector.

The open standard, which will start with refrigerated containers, but then be expanded to cover all container types, will pave the way for all container owners to have multiple choices of vendors and platforms for their container fleets when choosing telematics systems. This will reduce risk and provide a more competitive and innovative marketplace of solutions to be explored and deployed.

Commenting on this initiative, Brian Darnowski, Chairman of the Container Owners Association, stated: “We are very pleased that the COA has been able to facilitate the coming together of all the prominent telematics vendors in the market today and support them to agree to take this vital step that is essential for the growth of technology solutions in our industry.”

The Container Owners Association was established in November 2004 as an international organisation representing the common interests of all owners of freight containers.

Source: COA

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