August 4 - DB Schenker has launched the DB SCHENKERsmartbox service, a satellite-aided real-time shipment tracking solution which transmits a shipment's current GPS co-ordinates and any deviations from the predetermined route, and provides information on

Company spokesperson, Ole Constantinescu, has confirmed that whilst the product has been developed mainly for standard seafreight containers, there would be no problem in adopting it for large-scale project cargoes.

According to Christopher Regenhardt, corporate manager of DB SCHENKERsmartbox, the product is the only one of its kind on the market, and has proven effective in practice and is in use on all of the world's main trade lanes.

"DB SCHENKERsmartbox offers more than just shipment tracking in real time," says Regenhardt. "Increased transparency creates the potential to optimise planning of complex transport chains and reduce transit time, which is of key importance for especially valuable shipments."

He added that the solution can also help to directly reduce costs such as insurance premiums.

DB Schenker is co-operating with a network of selected carriers, technology experts and insurance companies on this service.

As part of the launch of various customer projects in the area of high-quality goods, a special product management team has been created to oversee the service, advise customers and promote continual further development. Cooperation with insurance companies also got off to a successful start, particularly in monitoring containers transporting high-value items.