Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Technological Link Up Provides Automatic Alerts for Hazardous Tank Freight in Transit

Two Companies Join to Monitor Potentially Dangerous Events When Cargo Under Way
Shipping News Feature

DENMARK – ESTONIA – WORLDWIDE – Every shipper of toxic or flammable materials knows the inherent dangers of shipping large quantities via tank transport whether it be via a road haulage scenario or as part of an ocean container freight movement. Now two groups with separate but complimentary technological expertise have joined together to find a solution of leakage of hazardous goods whilst in transit.

Globe Tracker International (GTI), specialists in global trade data sharing, autonomous asset tracking and monitoring, and related data analytics, has announced a partnership with Xmetra OU, a supplier of solutions for remote detection and tracking of leakages of Hazardous Materials during transportation and storage. Together the two say they can supply real time wireless detection, tracking, alarm condition reporting and remote management of intermodal containers (tankers) used for high risk materials wherever they are in the world.

Xmetra’s Mobile Wireless Leak Detector continuously monitors the NARs (Non Accident Releases) of Hazardous Materials inside the valves area covered by a dome lid on the top of the tank container (ISO, swap or offshore), railroad tank car or road tanker. The Leak Detector sends alerts if the concentration exceeds a threshold value. The device uses GPS/GLONASS positioning technology to determinate coordinates and date/time stamp related to the event of a leak.

Xmetra’s capabilities will be integrated into GTI’s Smart Autonomous Asset Solution, in particular the GTI Networks, to allow monitoring of safety conditions continuously and integrate that information into the rest of the GTI tracking and monitoring data to provide a holistic view of the status of critical cargo. This capability is intended to bring greater end-to-end visibility and responsiveness to alert situations in extended transit.

Danish group GTI’s suite of solutions includes its Trade Data Exchange Network (TDEN), Smart Autonomous Asset Network (SAAN), and Globe Tracker Communications Unit which the company says deliver the most functional, reliable and cost effective global tracking, monitoring and trade data sharing solution in the industry when they are operated in tandem. Andrey Luybyanitsky, the Founder of Estonian headquartered Xmetra says:

“The transport of Hazardous Materials is always accompanied by risk of leakage or other problems that can result in great damage to life and property. We are delighted to be working with Globe Tracker to integrate our industry leading sensors with their remarkable solution to enhance early warning and prevention of problems in hazardous cargo movement.”

Besides maintaining an Intermodal Solution Showcase in Reykjavik Iceland for interested parties to visit upon request GTI opened a development centre in Beijing China in March of 2007, and now has other offices and development centres in Melbourne Florida, San Jose California and Toronto Canada as well as its original Copenhagen base.