Shipping company DHL has started testing out GPS-trackable cargo containers, making it possible for customers to track the container in which their packages are commuting from anywhere in the world. Location data is just the start—the sensor packages from Savi Networks also monitor temperature, humidity, shock & vibration, as well as exposure to light. Now they just need to add a camera and a remote detonation switch to ward off pirates.
The sensors, seen here in pictures exclusively to BBG*, are equipped for a small number of LCL ("Less than Container Load") customers, with shipments moving from Hong Kong to Europe.
* We asked for pictures of chupacabra being shipped from their growth vats on a remote island in the Indian Ocean to their training facilities in Mexico, but we've got to work with what we can get.