“Interaction designer Tom Igoe describes the dawning era of “networked objects” - the widespread deployment of simple electronic devices, “modules with simple, easy to understand interfaces” that can be used to build anything: “object-oriented hardware.” We need only look as far as the innards of an average smart phone for electronics components that are now being used to network shipping containers.
“ConLock and ContainerSafe are examples of a new breed of snap-on “peripheral devices” that offer a range of tracking, security and monitoring functionality. (((One wonders how many of these “breeds” there are, and if they can get any cheaper than radio-frequency ID tags for five cents each.))) These devices are equipped with onboard photoelectric sensors to monitor changes in the light level within a container (indicating that a container has been opened or breached), accelerometers that detect impact and GPS modules for location tracking. They’re also able to access GSM networks and SMS channels to send text or email alerts when waypoints are reached or anomalies occur. (((”Blogject.”)))