STANDARDS FOR SENSOR-BASED DATA CAPTURING SYSTEMS WITHIN TEMPERATURE-CONTROLLED TRANSPORTS
The aim of the German research project NOTIERT is the development of a standard for the application and operation of sensor-based data capturing systems within temperature-controlled transport logistics. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). In addition to the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics, the companies Brehmer GmbH & Co. KG and scemtec Sensor Technology GmbH take part in NOTIERT. The overall project coordinator is the Institute of Distribution and Trade Logistics (IDH).
The Background of NOTIERT are the results of last year’s successfully completed project SMITH, which investigated the improvement of energy efficiency within passive temperature-controlled transports on the example of liquid aluminum. Temperature controlled logistics are required in a variety of industries to ensure the condition of the transported goods. While passive temperature-controlled transports only use thermally insulating containers, the area of active temperature-controlled logistics supplies individual containers up to whole trailers with electrical energy to obtain the desired temperature range, regardless to the current environmental conditions. However, standardized systems and requirements for permanently recording and analysis of relevant factors are still missing for both active and passive temperature-controlled transports.
In the context of NOTIERT, a standard for the application and operation of sensor-based data capturing systems within temperature-controlled transports should be developed until mid 2016. This norm describes a standardized overall system of hardware and software components with freely combinable sensors suitable for seamless recording, storage and evaluation of relevant measurement parameters. Thus, by developing norms and standards, innovative research results from projects such as SMITH are integrated and transferred into industries and logistics companies - innovative ideas are turned into practical solutions.