You can find them on streets, at railway stations, and in industrial parks, waiting for the next commercial truck to pick them up: raised freight containers, also known as swap bodies. Some 40 years ago, swap bodies heralded an age of more intelligent logistics because of their compatibility with both trucks and trains.
Now, the containers themselves are getting smart with the help of modern IT research. Over 1,600 swap bodies have a transport “memory” and regularly report their location over the Internet. This enables companies to track the containers’ movement and prevent them – and the valuable goods they hold – from getting lost.
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