Cargo theft is a growing trend and business losses amount to millions of dollars every year *.
Container tracking devices are a way to monitor the location of certain cargo – especially if it’s valuable and of a particular target to a group of thieves.
(cars, electronics, machinery, etc being transported are big targets for theft)
Container Tracking Devices
Container tracking devices are an ‘electronic box’ which contains a GPS receiver and a module for sending that location to a tracking service.
The tracking service can receive location data from either a container tracker using the mobile phone network or a satellite network like Globalstar.
Besides the GPS and communications module, a large component of container trackers is the battery.
The frequency of location communication affects the battery life.
Each communication report (log) sent by the container tracker draws power on the battery.
In the graph above you can see how many reports per day are available depending on the expected battery life.
For example, with one (1) location report per day, the container tracker battery may last up to 3 years. And with ten (10) location reports per day, the container battery may last up to 6 months.
** This battery life discharge as per the above graph is typical for all container trackers. The actual graph is of the Fleetminder CT3G container tracker.
The Fleetminder CT3G Container Tracker
The fleetminder CT3G is a reliable 3G / GPS asset tracking device which has been designed for container, trailer or asset GPS location and theft recovery.
The CT3G container tracking sealed unit provides up to 3 years’ battery life.
Follow container shipping progress with GPS tracking devices
When you utilise these GPS tracking devices to follow the progress of a shipping container you will receive regular updates at pre-programmed intervals on the movement and location of the container. These location logs can be viewed on a web map using a tracking service.
For example, the GPS tracking device supplier fleetminder provides a premium Live Tracking system.
The fleetminder live tracking system records each location log received so the history of movement is available to the shipping or transport company, or to the end-customer or cargo owner.
With GPS container tracking you can also see if the container stays in one location for an extended period of time.
You or your staff can then contact the shipper to determine the reason for the shipping delay.
Notification of container theft with GPS tracking devices
With GPS container tracking devices you can monitor the theft of your container and help to recover your assets in the event that the container (and cargo) has been moved without authorisation.
There are many ways to setup alerts including such features as geofencing.
A suitable container tracker is a good investment if you wish to track a particular cargo shipment for logistical reasons or to guard against theft.
The Footscray criminal investigation unit’s Detective Senior Constable Dean Maher said cargo theft had become a multimillion-dollar business in Melbourne over the past five years.