Intelligent cargo system helps Marseille Fos

Ci5 Ci5 provides activity monitoring and real-time information on the status of any cargo. Credit: MGI
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MGI has rolled out a new intelligent cargo system at the Port of Marseille Fos to track and manage cargo and support supply chain efficiency.

Ci5, Cargo Community System, developed in partnership with Thales Services, provides activity monitoring and real-time information on the status of any cargo to simplify operational management, plus boost security, safety, predictability and reliability. Port stakeholders are linked through its central system to manage goods flow through the port and on to the hinterland.

MGI’s Marie Pavesio said: “Activity monitoring operational management tools include cargo track & trace; vessel tracking; alerts in Ci5 for actions to be performed in the system; and alerts/messages for situations such as goods not being declared in time for an embarkation closing time, dangerous goods not declared on time and containers not at the docks by embarkation closing time.”

Open-source tech

Designed to replace former national system AP+, Ci5 is based on open source technology which lets it communicate with any IT system or use any new technology (AI, big data, IoT and blockchain).

The release of import and export containers is accelerated as all parties can quickly give their agreement before they are loaded or leave the port gates. At Marseille Fos, 80% of goods are out between 0 to 48h. Customs authorization is given in two minutes.

240 companies and over 3000 users have now been connected to Ci5 at Marseille Fos and the system will be implemented at the Port of Papeete in May 2019.

MGI is developing a mobile version and other modules are also under development, including bulk management, consolidated cargo, goods port dues.

The company is developing an add-on called Channel 5, an information channel and decision-making tool based on artificial intelligence for goods management in port communities. It aims to improve visibility of port system status and gate traffic; visibility of planned import and export goods flows at sea terminals; problem detection and troubleshooting; and reduction or prevention of port congestion.


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