SGS inks supply chain deal with Savi Technology
SGS and Savi Technology, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, announced an exclusive, multi-year, worldwide strategic alliance to develop, promote, market and deliver a first-of-its-kind service that will enable countries and organizations to track and monitor cargo and shipments in real-time.
The alliance will support a new SGS service called SGS OMNIS. SGS OMNIS will help ensure that critical shipments of materials reliably get to their intended destination without loss for the government and incidentally the owner of the goods. This will result in substantial cost savings and help countries around the globe protect customs revenue while simultaneously reducing cargo piracy.
“This is truly a landmark agreement. With our decades of experience delivering value-added solutions to countries and public organizations around the globe, we are now even more able to deliver tracking capabilities via our partnership with Savi in one integrated offering,” said Roger Kamgaing, Vice President, Government & Institution division of SGS.
“The formalization of this alliance comes after more than 18 months of working together to implement this solution in various parts of the world, with outstanding results, and we expect to roll-out this new service to countries and organizations globally in the coming months and years.”
The exclusive alliance with Savi means that SGS can now deliver a reliable solution to track freight movements using GPS, GPRS, and satellite technology to give authorities full in-transit visibility and real-time event management that includes a wide range of alerts on risky and dangerous behavior. In addition, the solution tracks the precise location of the freight at all times.
With the use of geo-corridors, alerts will be sent to users if freight suddenly changes route, direction, or is delayed.
SGS OMNIS is delivered using the Savi Mobile Tracking System, the technology “engine” behind the solution. Savi Mobile Tracking System combines purpose-built, real-time mobile technology and new integrated software.
The SGS global reach and its proven and trusted track-record of integrity and reliability combined with Savi’s 20 years of experience in consignment and asset tracking will deliver a unique service.
“The alliance and global capabilities of SGS enable us to deliver the full power of the new Savi Mobile Tracking System,” said William Clark, President and CEO of Savi Technology. “This new application follows years of investment in supply chain and asset management software. Countries and organizations around the globe will be able to better manage their complex supply chains. The practical value of reducing risk, cost and uncertainty provide real, hard-dollar savings. Even greater is the peace of mind that SGS OMNIS can provide.”
For over a year, SGS and Savi have been working together to deploy early versions of the service and technology in Ghana and Kenya, where results have been impressive in reducing cargo losses and ensuring goods and supplies arrive where they are needed. Several other countries and organizations around the globe are evaluating the service.
Edited by Kevin Scarpati
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.
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