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Project Reference: ITP/022/10LP
Project Title: E-Lock-Based Enabling Technology for Container Cargo Transshipment Process
Hosting Institution: LSCM R&D Centre (LSCM)
Abstract: As Hong Kong is located in the centre of Asia and can offer ground shipping to China, port transshipment cargo movements contributed significantly to the port cargo growth of Hong Kong in recent years. During transshipment, security is necessary to make sure containers are sealed in custom and not tampered with. Containers that were locked with the e-lock equipped with GPS capability can be assumed as secure between the origin of transportation and the destination. Although international standard for e-locks, such as ISO 18185, has been defined in recent years; many functionalities for real-time tracking and monitoring are missing from these standards. As a result, vendors are producing proprietary e-lock systems to fulfill the needs of their customers and different types of e-lock and readers are available in the market which are not compatible with each other. Dedicated readers and software or platform are required for monitoring the respective e-locks. To tackle the above problems and facilitate a secured, streamlined and efficient transshipment process, LSCM R & D Centre propose a R & D project, extending on technologies developed by previous projects, to enable all stake holders to monitor transshipment containers effectively. With the help of e-lock based enabling technologies, the inspection sampling rate at the custom checkpoint can be reduced as the risk of the container being tampered is lowered, and hence increasing the operational efficiency.
Project Coordinator: Mr. Anthony Tsz-ching KWOK
Approved Funding Amount: HK$8.50M
Project Period: 18 Oct 2010 - 17 Jan 2012
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