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First contract win for Airbus Defence and Space’s SeCureSystem

  • Satellite-based container monitoring system with electronic certificate provides higher security for container shipping


Bremen, 25 January 2010 - SeCureSystem, the satellite-based container monitoring system developed by Airbus Defence and Space, will for the first time, be integrated into the regular transport operations of a leading logistics company. Airbus Defence and Space and Hellmann Worldwide Logistics signed a contract on January 21st, which will see 20 of Hellmann’s sea containers equipped with the system.


"This first service contract for SeCureSystem means we have succeeded in penetrating the commercial market. Talks are at present being held with further potential customers and we are confident that we will be able to secure further contracts during the 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 onerous scanning procedures by using sensors to monitor containers 24/7, anywhere in the world and in real time. Sensor data is transmitted via a 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. 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.


The system consists of a telematic box equipped with a monitoring system which is attached to the container doors. Sensors monitor the condition of the container, for example, whether it is open or closed as well as the humidity and temperature levels. The data is transferred via satellite, GSM and RFID to the control centre. This technology enables a permanent tracking and tracing of the container. Only authorised persons are able to open the container on its journey with a generated digital access code.



Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2008, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €4.3 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment and Airbus Defence and Space for the development and delivery of satellite services.


AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2008, AIRBUS Group generated revenues of €43.3 billion and employed a workforce of more than 118, 000.



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