Europorte, France’s leading privately-owned rail freight operator and Kerlink, a global provider of solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), have announced the development of Track Value, “a revolutionary traceability and monitoring solution for all freight activities (road, rail, air and sea).”
It is marketed as the first industrial application dedicated to the freight and logistics sector to integrate data transmission via Kinéis space connectivity and has been developed in response to operators being faced with an increase in trade and the imperative to guarantee the security of their goods and reduce the impact on the environment.

The solution is scheduled to launch in the third quarter of 2024; it will be showcased at Innotrans Berlin, the international trade fair for transport technology, in September.

How it works

Track Value improves flow management by digitising multimodal transport operations and enhancing the quality and reliability of services, thanks to data feedback and processing in near real-time from any point on the globe, the two companies underlined.

The data collected guarantees the security of goods in near real-time (traceability, optimisation); the detection and sending of alerts (flow disruptions, equipment and infrastructure failures); and the anticipation of maintenance operations, Getlink and Kerlink highlighted.

As to the benefits for the customer, these focus on high performance in terms of equipment lifespan, safety, and connectivity; a low environmental footprint for data transmission (low energy consumption); and long-term, scalable solutions tailored to needs.

Alexandre Tisserant, Chairman of Kinéis, added: “Kinéis’ space connectivity is now an established and essential offering in the IoT market. This partnership with Europorte and Kerlink for the Track Value solution illustrates the close links we are developing with industrial players in all sectors.”

Growing business drives innovation

In the first three months of the current year, Europorte reported solid growth, with revenue up 14 per cent to 40 million euros compared to the same period last year. The company highlighted a “dynamic” Q1 in both traction activities—particularly in the chemicals and cereals sectors—and infrastructure, with new contracts starting.

Europorte recorded revenue of 150 million euros in 2023, up by 9 per cent on the previous year, building on the 5 per cent growth seen in 2022. This was “driven by good sector positioning, a minimal exposure to intermodal transport and continued growth in activity in cross-border transport flows between France, Belgium and Germany (which represent 22 per cent of the total revenue of the company ), the indexation of contracts and an energy surcharge.”

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