Airbus Defence and Space

SeCureSystem: First service contract

A satellite-based container monitoring system developed by Airbus Defence and Space is for the first time to be integrated in the regular transport operations of a logistics company.

SeCureSystem, the satellite-based container monitoring system developed by Airbus Defence and Space in Bremen, is for the first time to be integrated in the regular transport operations of a logistics company. A contract to this effect has been concluded between Hellmann Worldwide Logistics and Airbus Defence and Space. Under the contract 20 sea containers equipped with the system will be used for sea freighting by Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

“This first service contract for SeCureSystem means we have succeeded in penetrating the commercial market in a sector which is not part of Airbus Defence and Space’s core business. Talks are at present being held with potential customers and we are confident that we will be able to secure further contracts over this year,” stated Wolfgang Busch, project manager for SeCureSystem at Airbus Defence and Space.

The SeCureSystem satellite-based container monitoring system could represent a cost-effective response to the USA’s announcement that, as from 2012, 100% of all sea containers bound for the United States will be required to undergo scanning in the last port visited before entering US territory.

SeCureSystem offers an alternative to these rather onerous scanning procedures by using sensors to monitor containers 24/7, anywhere in the world, in real time. Sensor data is transmitted via satellite link, without the need for any additional ground systems or complex server networks, to a ‘Trust Centre’ where the data is analysed and any anomalies found are reported to the customer or the security authorities. In this way, any unauthorised opening or entry into the inside of the container can be detected in real time. If the system discovers that a container has been opened without authorisation, the identified container can be singled out for inspection by a scanning unit.

Containers equipped with SeCureSystem give Hellmann Worldwide Logistics a significant competitive edge in the tough international sea container transport market. Use of SeCureSystem also enables Hellmann to offer an innovative sea freight product. Hellmann anticipates that by transferring air cargo – in particular high-value goods – to sea freight it will be able to increase its market share in this sector.

Working in collaboration with its partner companies in the logistics sector, Eurogate and Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, Airbus Defence and Space has trialled the complete system over the past five years in extensive transatlantic tests. The signing of this first service contract marks the end of the development phase and the system’s entry into commercial operation.