MJC² CONTAINs the Answer
Written by Julian Stephens, Technical Development Manager, MJC² Limited
MJC² is set to apply its world-leading optimisation solutions to the challenging and vitally important area of security in freight logistics. Over 200 million container movements take place every year, transporting goods through complex multi-modal networks. While being vital for international trade, cross-border threats associated with terrorism, illegal immigration and smuggling are an important security concern for container operations security.
The CONTAIN project is an ambitious undertaking which will enhance container security at a global level. Involving 20 organisations ranging from security experts to logistics operators from Europe and the USA, and supported by the European Commission, CONTAIN will address areas such as advanced sensors and detectors, intelligent monitoring and control platforms, and decision support and optimisation systems.
MJC²’s optimisation technology will be used to create an innovative solution for both enhancing the detection process while simultaneously increasing operational efficiency. Key to the success of the approach is MJC²’s real-time logistics optimisation software, which is capable of tracking, processing and acting upon thousands of container movements in a matter of seconds. MJC²'s systems are already widely used for logistics planning and transport scheduling – companies such as TNT, Kuehne+Nagel and China Shipping are high profile organisations that have applied MJC²'s solutions. The application of this technology to security optimisation is a ground-breaking and exciting development which will deliver major benefits to the global container logistics industry.
CONTAIN will take supply chain security performance to new levels in terms of effectiveness and efficiency. Not only will it drive regulatory, policy and standardisation recommendations, but it will also provide port and transport operators with a set of best-of-breed technology solutions for sensors, communications, security hardware and software systems to enhance security throughout the logistics operation.
Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports.
A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers.
Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US.
The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two.
Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels
The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.
The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete.
Tesla’s supply chain woes
Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue.
Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely.
Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany