Industries: Transportation and Distribution

Shipping Container Monitoring and Marine Asset Tracking

ORBCOMM customers depend on the real-time data offered by our shipping container monitoring solutions for complete, end-to-end maritime supply chain visibility and control.

Whether for reefer container temperature monitoring or tracking of dry containers, ISO tanks, chassis, gensets or port equipment, ORBCOMM solutions help users better manage their maritime transport assets. Smart container monitoring can reduce operating, M&R, fuel and inspection costs, increase fleet utilization, improve regulatory and customer compliance, and identify priority issues for rapid response.

Shipping container monitoring provides shipping lines, cargo owners and other stakeholders with actionable data—when and where they need it— on the status of their equipment and cargo in near-real time, even from the most remote regions of the world.

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Shipping Container Optimization and Visibility

  • Improve container fleet utilization, reduce dwell/cycle time and minimize repositioning costs with precise information on equipment location and status.
  • Seamlessly track container assets in transit via land and sea and at ports/terminals/depots/DCs/railyards with GPS and geofencing.
  • Quickly identify delays, deviations and non-conformance to plan for proactive response and better customer information.

Track Reefer Containers for Reduced Spoilage Costs

  • Safeguard chilled, frozen and other sensitive cargo from degradation with 24/7 remote monitoring and control of temperature, humidity and other climate conditions.
  • Reduce the risk and insurance costs associated with spoiled goods.
  • Set up automated alarms and alerts for proactive incident response.

Container Security Monitoring

  • Detect, deter and help prevent cargo theft, tampering, damage and fraud with sophisticated telematics combining GPS, GSM, satellite and sensor capabilities.
  • Remotely detect door lock/unlock, seal status, intrusion and loading/movement to help prevent cargo crime and ensure the security of equipment and goods in ports and across intermodal transport networks.
  • Locate stranded, stolen or lost containers, chassis and gensets with GPS location information.
  • Prevent fuel theft with remote fuel level monitoring.
  • Track and identify shock and impact events that may cause severe damage to containers and cargo.

Reduce M&R, Inspection and Fuel Costs

  • Reduce the costs, time and uncertainty of manual intervention with remote software updates, fuel monitoring, PTIs and other inspections.
  • Gain valuable data on equipment operating hours, malfunctions and other vital health signs to support scheduled maintenance and maximize asset lifecycle.
  • Reduce the number of physical inspections required to verify whether gensets, reefer containers and chassis are working as required.

Port and Container Terminal Equipment and Vehicle Management

  • Improve port and container terminal operations with 24x7 monitoring of equipment and vehicle fleets.
  • Gain complete visibility of port equipment and vehicles for improved utilization, maintenance and operational efficiency.

Container Tracking and Monitoring

CT 3000: Reefer Container Monitoring and Control

CT 3000 series enables real-time visibility and control of refrigerated containers moving along the cold chain. Enable real-time alerts and two-way control, remotely adjust temperature and humidity levels, initiate a pre-trip inspection (PTI) and access data logs.

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GT 1200 Series: Easy-to-Install Container Tracking Solution
With expanded support for wireless sensors and improved solar panel, ORBCOMM’s next-generation GT 1200 series has an ultra-compact form factor that makes it easy to install in the groove of intermodal containers, providing complete asset visibility, improved operations, expedited cargo delivery and more.

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Container Tracking and Monitoring


Trusted by the biggest names in the business, ORBCOMM connects over 600,000 transport assets in complex global supply chains.

ReeferConnect is the leading Internet of Things (IoT) solution for remote container management that helps drive more profitable operations on road, rail and sea. It enables real-time tracking and two-way control of refrigerated containers and cargo and helps shipping lines, terminal operators, carriers, cargo owners and other users achieve proven ROI:

  • Protect loads by ensuring optimal temperatures are maintained during transport.
  • Increase utilization and reduce operational costs, risk of cargo loss and asset damage.
  • Reduce claims with immediate reporting of alarm data for rapid response and repair.
  • Track all your assets – reefers, gensets, chassis and dry containers – with a single solution.
  • Minimize pre-trip inspection costs and time; expedite asset turns at port.
  • Reduce costs of monitoring services, infrastructure and 3rd party inspections.
  • Help build loyalty by simply and easily providing customers access to customized data.
  • Enable trip-based or temporary monitoring when permanent installations aren’t an option.
  • Ensure customer and regulatory compliance by capturing live data for food traceability.

ReeferConnect helps you replace uncertainty, lack of visibility and reliance on manual inspections with actionable data to help you make faster and better business decisions. It combines advanced telematics hardware with a fully-revamped, modern user interface that’s both user-friendly and customizable.

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Container Vessel Connectivity


ORBCOMM’s VesselConnect enables local and remote management and control of refrigerated containers on board a sea vessel. The solution helps ensure cargo integrity and reduces operating costs by allowing crews to locally monitor temperature, humidity, location and slot position, reefer status and more from the VesselConnect application on the ship, which can also be synchronized through the cloud for remote land-based access. It virtually eliminates the need for manual checks, enhancing efficiency and minimizing risks to crew, especially in inclement weather.

Using on-board GSM infrastructure powered by Vobal Technologies, VesselConnect creates a wireless local data transport network on the ship, enabling refrigerated and other containers fitted with GPS/GSM modem devices to continue to report while the vessel is on the water.

This cost-effective, low-infrastructure system can be installed with no downtime to ensure immediate vessel redeployment. Deck crew receive real-time event-based alerts on handheld devices so they can take immediate action, while office-based crew can access the central terminal, which displays all bays and containers at a glance on an icon-based interface that can be easily and universally interpreted and understood.

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“This engagement demonstrates our confidence in ORBCOMM’s expertise in developing premier, end-to-end telematics systems.”

Chris Kravas, Chief Intermodal Officer, Hub Group, Inc.

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