Implementing analytics software can assist a company in increasing efficiencies and gaining more insight into the business process, this was the case for DMICDC Logistics Data Services (DLDS) who implemented NEC technology to capture real-time location of its transport.

This transformation was explored in the recently released NEC whitepaper, Taming Your Data Assets and Delivering Real Business Outcomes.

India’s National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust and NEC partnered to form DLDS.

This organisation provides an end-to-end tracking system of container movement across all ports to the inland container depots, container freight stations and end-users via toll plazas and railway movement on an integrated basis.

DLDS found that the business intelligence team was taking two weeks (161,280 minutes) to create business-critical reports such as container information. This was due to the use of manual processes and batch processing.

As a solution the partners used Data Platform for Hadoop (DPH) to capture real-time location information of the container through RFID, resulting in faster identification of status.

To enable real-time tracking, a magnetic RFID tag is attached to a container. Every time the container passes through a toll plaza its movement is recorded by the RFID reader and shared with the system until it reaches the inland container depot or container freight station.

For users of the system, the experience is transformative. Anyone can check the container status and location online by entering the container number in the portal. Any delays are identified and alert notifications are sent to the user.

DLDS logistics databank services are currently providing container visibility services for approximately 70 per cent of India’s EXIM container volume.

The DLDS analytics reports help identify inefficiencies and bottlenecks, bringing operational efficiencies through visibility and resulting in reduced dwell time, transit time and congestion across the supply chain.

Analytics provided through these reports help bridge the information gap and enable better communication between stakeholders.

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Athina Mallis is the editor of the Which-50 Digitial Intelligence Unit of which NEC is a corporate member. Members provide their insights and expertise for the benefit of the Which-50 community. Membership fees apply. 

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