Sony develops smart containers for ONE

  • March 1, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

Singapore-based Ocean Network Express (ONE) is working with Sony to develop and integrate smart containers across its global fleet.

As one of the largest container carriers in the world, ONE hopes this collaboration will brings together its cargo shipping experience with Sony’s expertise in the development and innovation of sensing and connectivity technologies.

The technology-enabled containers should give ONE insights about its container fleet. The data should enable better visibility of the containers, and faster and proactive decision making, leading to more efficient container movement.

Customers should benefit from smart containers as they will be able to access live updates throughout a shipment’s journey. It will also provide more reliable shipping data for easy, transparent communication with relevant stakeholders.

“From its very inception, ONE is a business that believes in the value of collaboration,” said Hiroki Tsujii, ONE managing director. “Now, together with Sony, we are excited to create the future of container shipping. This is a future where we have access to the insights we need to offer our customers a higher quality of service to forge a new standard of process excellence. The development of this smart container will combine the very best from experts in our respective fields. Our joint mission will aim to push the limits of what we are capable of with innovative logistics technologies.”

Erik Lund, head of Sony’s Visilion tracking division, added: “We are honoured to collaborate with ONE and dedicated to creating advanced smart containers. The real-time insights gained across ONE’s fleet will allow them to further optimise their shipping business and, in doing so, improve customer service. We look forward to working together and creating the future of logistics.”

ONE was founded in 2017 following the liner service integrations of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Mitsui OSK Lines and Nippon Yusen Kaisha. The entity functions from its global headquarters in Singapore, supported by regional headquarters in Hong Kong, UK, USA and Brazil. ONE is the world’s seventh largest container carrier with a fleet size of approximately 1.51 million TEU. Operating more than 205 vessels, it offers an international network of over 130 services to 120 countries.