SICIS combines container monitoring and AIS - vessel tracking

Aim: Improving the transparency of container transports
Visualization of vessel events on a graphical basis using standardized tools (PresseBox) (Bremen, ) In September 2009 the EU funded INTEGRITY project implemented its IT platform, the Shared Intermodal Container Information System SICIS. SICIS tracks containers along the entire logistics chain and registers all data and related events which are generated during the transport. SICIS regularly monitors the INTEGRITY consortium members' containers from China to Europe. By the end of the project the aim is for several thousand containers to have been monitored by this IT platform.

Since the beginning of this year the extended version of the basic SICIS is able to provide a unique function. This new version links container monitoring data with vessel tracking information provided by satellites using the vessels' AIS signals (Automatic Identification System).

The vessels' positions together with related events like course divergences are visualized on a world map and buyers, sellers and logistics providers within the supply chains are able to track vessels and corresponding containers to get information about their position and status at all times. The monitoring of the containers is automatic whilst on route, and needs no manual input or intervention. The event updates are automated processes initiated by ingate/outgate and vessel loading/unloading.

In the future SICIS will be enhanced by even more exclusive functions. Another important innovation will be the possibility to link existing data from container monitoring with consignment information relevant for Customs. The data flows accompanying the transport will be integrated to optimize the Customs clearance in cooperation with the involved Customs authorities.

This unique consolidated data will significantly improve the transparency of the transport chain and the predictability of the transport process and will lead to a lowering of the shipping charges. At the same time the container security will be significantly optimized.

The EUfunded project "INTEGRITY-Intermodal Global Doorto-Door Container Supply Chain Visibility" coordinated by ISL - Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics - aims to improve the transparency and the predictability of global container transports. Core of the project is the development of the IT platform "SICIS - Shared Intermodal Container Information System" which enables authorized companies and authorities to access planning data and status information of container transports.


Institut für Seeverkehrswirtschaft und Logistik (ISL)
Universitätsallee 11-13
D-28359 Bremen
Dr. Nils Meyer-Larsen
ISL Bremerhaven


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