PCI's Innovative Shipping Container Tracking Solution

18 September 2023
PCI's Innovative Shipping Container Tracking Solution

Maritime trade has been the backbone of global commerce for centuries. It's an industry that has always been pivotal in shaping economies and fuelling the global market. However, with the rapid rise of globalisation and the exponential increase in goods moving across oceans, the maritime industry finds itself in need of significant modernisation. Recognising this need, PCI, with its extensive background in electronics manufacturing, saw an opportunity to collaborate with a telematics tracking pioneer. This collaboration wasn't merely a business proposition; it was a meeting of minds, aspirations, and mutual goals to develop a system. Together, we embarked on a mission to drive innovation, address industry challenges, and bring transformative solutions that could redefine the maritime landscape.


The Challenge: Navigating a Rapidly Evolving Maritime Market

With its deep historical roots, the maritime industry finds itself at a transformative crossroads. The global trade ecosystem has become increasingly intricate. As a result, the maritime sector's need for a reliable and advanced telematics system is more crucial than ever. Our telematics partner, always a step ahead in predicting market trends, envisioned a world where shipping containers communicated seamlessly, providing invaluable data in real time. However, translating this vision into reality was not without challenges. Ensuring unparalleled quality while working under tight schedules was a significant hurdle. In a maritime market dominated by complex supply chains and ever-evolving needs, there was no room for errors. The task at hand required us to move beyond traditional methodologies and develop a cutting-edge tracking solution. This solution would need to seamlessly integrate the design brilliance of our partner with the manufacturing capabilities of PCI.


The Solution: Agile Collaboration and Expertise in Marine Telematics

The modern world values agility and adaptability. In such a landscape, the collaboration between PCI and the telematics industry leader represented a perfect union of expertise and vision. This partnership was grounded in mutual respect, trust, and a shared commitment to excellence. Drawing strength from PCI's long-standing reputation in electronics manufacturing and the telematics partner's unmatched expertise, our combined teams were equipped to tackle the challenge head-on.

Pooling our collective knowledge in marine telematics, antenna design, and cellular technology, we embarked on a project to craft a solution that would not only address current industry needs but also anticipate future trends. But even the best solutions require effective implementation. With a focus on efficiency and innovation, we set up a state-of-the-art production line equipped with full Manufacturing Execution System (MES) traceability and modern automation features. This production line was a testament to PCI's commitment to lead industry trends in marine telematics rather than just following them. Despite potential hurdles and the ever-present pressure of timelines, our teams delivered the initial batch of container tracking units in an impressive two-month period, setting a new industry benchmark.


The Result: Enhanced Asset Management and Increased Revenue

The maritime industry took notice of our groundbreaking initiative. What began as a project to enhance shipping container tracking quickly transformed into a major industry shift in how assets are managed. Our solution brought numerous benefits to our telematics partner. They experienced reduced container dwell times, substantial cost savings in repositioning, efficient incident response mechanisms, and a significant drop in human errors.

Beyond these immediate advantages was a deeper transformation. The integration of automated systems provided our partners with unparalleled insights into their operations, allowing for more informed decision-making. But the benefits weren't limited to our partner. We too, witnessed substantial revenue growth, strengthening our position as an industry leader in marine telematics. This project not only impacted our present operations but also laid a solid foundation for future collaborations, setting PCI on a path of continued growth and innovation.


The Core Benefits of Marine Telematics in Container Tracking

Container tracking is a critical part of maritime logistics. With marine telematics, the shipping industry gains a set of powerful tools that transform how containers are managed and monitored. Here's how:

  • Real-time Location Updates: Know exactly where your containers are at all times. This real-time information removes any guesswork, ensuring businesses and customers are always in the loop.
  • Better Route Planning: Using tracking data, shipping routes can be optimised for speed and safety, ensuring timely deliveries and minimising disruptions.
  • Instant Alerts: If a container moves off-course or encounters an issue, marine telematics systems send immediate alerts, allowing for quick resolution.
  • Improved Security: Real-time tracking and geo-fencing features help prevent theft and unauthorised access, keeping cargo secure.
  • Informed Decisions: Access to both current and past tracking data means businesses can make better decisions about routes, shipping times, and fleet management.
  • Cost Savings: Accurate tracking means fewer lost or misplaced containers, leading to reduced costs and more efficient operations.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Ensure containers follow set routes and standards, making it easier to comply with international shipping regulations.


Power Maritime Efficiency with PCI's Capabilities

Electronics manufacturing is a dynamic and competitive field, and PCI has always aimed to be more than just a participant. Our collaboration with the telematics leader showcased the breadth and depth of our marine telematics capabilities. Challenges, instead of deterring us, inspire us to innovate, adapt, and deliver superior solutions. Our dedication to pushing boundaries, embracing new technologies, and setting new industry standards is unwavering.

With a comprehensive range of services and a team that thrives on challenges, PCI is always poised to deliver unparalleled value to its partners. If you're an enterprise aiming for transformative growth and need a partner who understands, resonates, and delivers consistently, we are your electronics manufacturing services provider of choice. Contact us today to learn more about our product offerings and services, and together, we can shape the future of the maritime industry.



The ever-evolving maritime sector underscores the imperative for cutting-edge telematics solutions. Recognising this, our partner, an esteemed global leader in telematics, embarked on a mission to reshape asset communication and monitoring, catering to diverse maritime sectors. PCI was pivotal in this endeavour, leveraging its expertise in marine telematics, antenna design, and cellular innovations.

Throughout this journey, PCI's abilities shone. Masterfully designing and deploying a whopping 30,000 units of next-generation shipping container tracking solutions, PCI showcased its electronics manufacturing prowess. This achievement not only spotlighted the organisation's capabilities but underlined the successful collaboration between both parties. The culmination of this partnership heralded tangible operational savings, enhanced asset utility, and risk mitigation for the client.

The narrative doesn't end here. PCI's nimbleness and swift operational responses were pivotal in meeting stringent deadlines. The organisation's commitment to strict timelines enabled the comprehensive tracking solution's rollout within a staggering two-month timeframe, facilitating its partner's aggressive market ingress strategies. These milestones accentuate PCI's revered standing in marine telematics. This collaboration is a testament to PCI's unwavering dedication to innovation, quality assurance, and unparalleled excellence.