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Zim locks in new Sekstant door sensors

May 15, 2023
Shipping services provider orders 1,000 Star Cool reefer containers equipped with the new tracking and monitoring technology, along with a similar number of sensors for retrofits.

Zim Integrated Shipping Services is upgrading its refrigerated containers with Sekstant door sensors, ordering 1,000 new Star Cool reefers already equipped with the sensors, and a similar number of sensors for retrofitting existing containers.

The move is part of Zim’s ongoing collaboration with Maersk Container Industry (MCI) to upgrade its “ZIMonitor” reefer fleet and support the growth of temperature-controlled cargo, the company stated.

“We are committed to providing the highest level of service and reliability to our customers, and our investment in the Sekstant gateways and door sensors for our Star Cool reefers is just one example of that commitment,” Gil Lehmann, head of global logistics and equipment at Zim, said in a news release. “With the Sekstant solution, we can better track and monitor our reefer fleet, and provide our customers with real-time information about their cargo, ensuring the safe and timely delivery of their products.’’

Star Cool containers now makeup approximately 33% of Zim’s reefer fleet, and the containers include MCI’s complete reefer package, with Star Cool Integrated and the Sekstant gateway for reefer connectivity. The Sekstant door sensor is a wireless door-opening surveillance system co-developed by Zim. The solution creates the tracking and data needed to deliver ZIMonitor, Zim’s commercial reefer tracking product.

The Sekstant door sensor is an add-on that provides information to the digital fleet management system, making it possible to monitor when the reefer door has been closed and, just as important, when it has been opened. Door events are registered in the Sekstant cloud and visible in the Sekstant user interface. The digital ecosystem enables access to real-time reefer information, monitoring, reporting, and “seamless” fleet management from anywhere in the world, Zim said. The door sensor data is consolidated with the remaining reefer control data, including time stamp and GPS coordinates. It comes as a factory-mounted option or can be retrofitted on every Sekstant-equipped reefer. The wireless sensor connects to the reefer controller, and door events are captured even while the reefer is powered off, making it possible to document if a door event has deviated from the planned timeline, and trigger an alert.

Zim’s fleet also includes Star Cool CA to cater to the company’s controlled-atmosphere shipments.

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