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Port of Rotterdam tries more efficient passwordless container transportation

  • Author:Esther
  • Source:Su Hang
  • Release Date:2020-07-10
This week, all parties in Rotterdam will start a new pilot project that can be processed and released without using a PIN codecontainer: This is a widely used verification method in the transportation field. The project revolves around a new application, Secure Container Release, which replaces PIN codes with digital signals: the solution is extremely vulnerable to fraud. It is not only aimed at improving the efficiency of container processing, but also safer. Participants in the three-month trial included CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC, ONE-Line, Hutchison Port ECT Rotterdam, Rotterdam Fruit Terminal, Milestone Fresh, VTO, Portmade and application developer T-Mining.

Every year, the Port of Rotterdam unloads millions of containers and then transports them from there to inland destinations. Collecting these containers at the port is a complicated process, during which the transportation company,shipping agentThe transportation company and the terminal need to work closely to ensure that these goods are released quickly and safely. As a program, it also brings many risks.

Emile Hoogsteden, Commercial Director of the Port of Rotterdam Authority said: "By leveraging new technologies, we can make our port operations smarter, faster, more efficient and safer. The current pilot project is a good example .In this project, different participants will use blockchain applications to enable them to organize the release process safely and effectively, and to follow the requirements of all aspects of the chain."

Plan to collect specific in the terminalcontainerOf drivers need to have effective pick-up rights. The authorization is issued by the transportation company. Subsequently, the freight forwarder ordered the transportation company to retrieve the container at the terminal. In the existing arrangement, the right to pick up goods is confirmed to the terminal through a PIN code. This process requires a series of manual operations in many different aspects. Any obstacles or errors in the release process can lead to wasted time, complaints and dissatisfaction between customers and partners, and possible opportunities for fraud. The applications tested in this trial version can completely replace PIN-based authorization.

The current pilot project will test how best to improve the safety of the container release process throughout the chain from the transportation company to the end user. The application is based on blockchain technology. In terms of security, it can be compared with banking applications-to ensure that the data involved remains exceptionally safe.

During the pilot project, the blockchain-based application will be used to convert the pick-up rights for container imports from PIN codes to digital tokens. It can be compared to a relay race: a token is a digital baton that can be smoothly transferred from one party to another. Blockchain technology can prevent such authorization from being stolen or copied along the way. This allows everyone in the release chain to release more safely.

In addition, it can be ensured that the terminal operator has released the container to the correct driver. After all, there is only one valid token. Another advantage of this program is that it does not reveal who has ever processed tokens-this means that third parties cannot access potentially confidential information about business relationships. In fact, even Antwerp-based startup T-Mining, which is responsible for developing this solution, cannot view this information.

T-Mining was selected for the PortXL accelerator program earlier this year and is currently working with companies in Rotterdam and the Rotterdam Port Authority to effectively implement the pilot project.