Development of logistics infrastructure in India is struggling to keep pace with the country’s rapid economic growth, causing issues such as longer shipping lead times and delays, and difficulties in checking progress of goods in transit.
To provide Indian and foreign shippers and transport operators a seamless tracking system for their goods, DMICDC Logistics Data Services Ltd has started providing logistics visualisation services in India. For this, DMIC Trust has formed a joint venture with NEC Corporation. This is the first commercial project to originate from the smart community initiatives of DMIC, which is being promoted jointly by the Indian and Japanese governments.
This project will provide shippers and transport operators with logistics visualisation services, enabling them to perform real-time searches based on accurate positional information, showing the location of containers being transported by rail or road between Delhi and Mumbai. This will make significant contributions to shortening shipping lead times, reducing inventory levels and improving the accuracy of production plans.
Ergo, there is a curiosity within the logistics community as how to this system is going to work, considering the lack of a single unified IT platform which binds together the various parts in the entire logistics supply chain.
To this, Piyush Sinha, Chief Executive Officer, DMICDC Logistics Data Services Ltd, explains, “We will use NEC’s Logistics Visualisation System to develop and operate platforms for their services.” According to Sinha, the NEC system will serve as a hub to coordinate with other systems in the logistics supply chain, including rail transit management systems and port management systems. It will also utilise RFID-based technology to assimilate near real-time data and present the visibility of the entire supply chain through a single platform.
How it works
DMICDC, with the help of NEC, has affixed RFID tags to shipping containers being loaded and unloaded at ports in JNPT, Mumbai. It will also install RFID reader/writers at locations including port entrances and exits, toll plazas on the Expressway between Delhi and Mumbai, and inland container depots where Customs inspections are carried out and cargo reloaded.
Positional information obtained by RFID reader/writers will then be gathered in real-time via a cloud-based logistics visualisation system. In this way, its logistics visualisation services will enable shippers and transport operators to perform real-time searches based on accurate positional information, showing the location of containers being transported by rail or road between Delhi and Mumbai. The collected data will be analysed further to present operational metrics across the entire supply chain.
Meanwhile, there are plans to link up the logistics visualisation system with rail transit management systems, port management systems and other existing systems in the future, in order to gather information such as freight train running times and container management status at the port.