Persistent cargo monitoring and tracking will facilitate improved logistics
BALTIMORE - AKUA LLC announced today that Duesmann Hensel Recycling has signed a contract for AKUA's data-as-a-service to provide cargo tracking and humidity monitoring of precious metals recycled from used catalytic converters worldwide.
The award is a result of a successful proof-of-concept trial conducted in June 2016 for shipments of recovered precious metals from the Duesmann & Hensel Recycling processing facility in Aschaffenburg, Germany, to a metals post-processor in the USA. During the trial, humidity, tracking, and breach data were collected and evaluated to determine the effectiveness of AKUA's solution for moisture detection of the cargo.
"Duesmann & Hensel Recycling is a leader in recognizing that emerging advanced sensor technologies will improve the shipments of high value cargo such as precious metals," said AKUA's CEO, Neil Furukawa. "By creating an easy-to-use solution, AKUA has enabled Duesmann & Hensel Recycling to take full advantage of emerging Internet-of-things (IoT) technologies to benefit their business."
"AKUA successfully demonstrated how IoT devices can be utilized to improve the logistics efficiency and monitor the moisture conditions of our precious metals shipments," said Duesmann & Hensel Recycling Commercial Director Markus Theile. "Moisture has a significant impact on the weight of the processed precious metals from the recycled catalytic converters. The real-time moisture data collected will be analyzed to detect high humidity conditions during the logistics transport to develop improved processes for shipment."
The data from Duesmann & Hensel Recycling's shipments to the US will also be provided to the recently announced Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Division's "Container Security Device Technology Demonstration for the US/EU Global Supply Chain Pilot Project" research program. Working in close association with the European Union's CORE (Consistently Optimized Resilient) research effort, and with voluntary customer consent, AKUA's secure gateway platform service will provide cargo-tracking and breach-detection event data to the US Government's Supply Chain Visibility Platform. The data will be used in US and EU research into how CORE Shipping Information Pipeline data can enhance global shipping situational awareness and efficiency.
AKUA provides secure, persistent environmental monitoring and tracking solutions for intermodal cargo containers that provide in-transit visibility of goods and shipments across the globe. AKUA combines the industry's most advanced tracking devices, multi-layer security, in-transit analytics, and AKUA web services to deliver full, end-to-end supply chain tracking and monitoring. AKUA's solutions enable customers to enhance operating effectiveness and efficiency; minimize loss from theft, damage, or other spoilage; and optimize the value of goods.
About Duesmann & Hensel Recycling
Duesmann & Hensel Recycling Group, which is headquartered in Aschaffenburg, Germany, has since 1998 been a major international player in the field of precious-metal recycling. With more than 250 employees in nine countries, the company offers its customers a complete portfolio of services for the recovery and recycling of materials containing precious metals, such as catalytic converters, oxygen sensors, electronic control units and circuit boards. As of September 1st, 2016, the company will be changing its name to Hensel Recycling. For further information visit www.duerec.com
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