Transparent shipping of perishables thanks to AIS tracking data
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Transparent shipping of perishables thanks to AIS tracking data

Dockflow combines real-time temperature data with accurate location tracking through AIS data to provide the perishable goods industry greater transparency.

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Dockflow success story

Dockflow is a platform for maritime logistics service providers specializing in shipping perishables (goods that spoil quickly and therefore have a short shelf life, such as fruit and vegetables). In this sector, data loggers that track temperature and location are widely used. By combining this real-time temperature data with accurate location tracking through AIS data, Dockflow was able to provide 80% more location coverage on shipping routes.


80%

More location coverage

Challenges

Shipping perishable goods in the most customer-friendly and safe way possible by creating a track & trace system that combines AIS tracking data and temperature data in order to:

  • Have real-time end-to-end container visibility by being able to rely on AIS tracking data to compensate for the loss of the data loggers’ cellular connection (2G/3G)
  • Precisely forecast the estimated time of arrival (ETA) due to continuous location monitoring
 

In logistics, the difference is made by the quality of the data, and with Spire we can trust the data to be accurate and real-time

Troy Muyshondt, Partner and Business Lead

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Solution

In the perishables industry, it is crucial for shippers and freight forwarders to have a real-time overview of the cargo’s location at all times. Vessel delays happen on a daily basis, which are inevitable, but the worst part is that it is extremely difficult to find out about delays. In many cases, it’s only when the ETA has passed that freight forwarders and shippers are able to conclude that there must have been a delay.

Shippers and freight forwarders rely on the information the shipping company provides, and on the location data they retrieve from the data loggers. But neither of them are able to accurately update the shipping status.

 

The Dockflow dashboard: Able to tell customers which shipment is “arriving soon” or has a “changed arrival”

 

Data loggers are amazing products to combine temperature data with a timestamp and a ‘locationstamp’. Nevertheless, these loggers are throwaway devices and to reduce costs they rely on GSM connections which are accurate on land, but not at sea.

AIS tracking data is able to fill in the gaps as it makes a direct connection with the vessel. Many providers of AIS data depend on ground stations which are actually buoys in the water. Spire is able to provide true end-to-end visibility due to its nanosatellite constellation providing a constant connection with each and every vessel. Moreover, next to location data, AIS data provides the heading and the speed of the ship. Due to this constant flow of information, it is possible to calculate an accurate estimated time of arrival, which is essential information for organizations shipping perishable goods.

This is an important image as it shows both the location data of the data logger and the location data received from Spire’s AIS tracking satellites. As you can see, the data logger lost connection causing a straight line through Saudi Arabia. While the location data from Spire is following the ship very precisely.

 

 

 

Results

Dockflow’s clients did not have access to vessel status and location during shipments. They could only guess when a container full of precious cargo would arrive. This resulted in great inefficiencies in the delivery chain as it is extremely difficult to coordinate business operations without reliable arrival data.

Now Dockflow offers their clients full transparency of the shipping process by combining AIS tracking data, shipping updates, and temperature data. All of this information is captured in the Dockflow platform which allows shippers & freight forwarders to analyze the performance of shipping companies, the average deviation of ETA on different routes, and most importantly provides peace of mind! The platform notifies users of any change to the ETA.

Temperature graph

Showing alerts on the Dockflow platform

 
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Dockflow combines real-time temperature data with accurate location tracking through AIS data to provide the perishable goods industry greater transparency.

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