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The East African : February 17th 2014
The EastAfrican 2 ELECTRONIC CARGO TRANSFER FEBRUARY 15-21, 2014 Special advertising section BT cuts out third party devices, extra costs As a major player in the regional, BT has distinguished itself owing to its flexibility By EVANS ONGWAE Special Co≥≥espondent B o≥de≥less T≥acking Ltd (BT), a KenyaRevenue Autho≥ity-licensed Elec- t≥onic Ca≥go T≥acking Systems (ECTs) vendo≥, is pa≥tne≥ing with t≥anspo≥te≥s to implement the techonlogy. The locally ≥egiste≥ed a∞liate of Bo≥de≥less Hub Pte Ltd of Singapo≥e has b≥ought global expe≥tise to the ≥egion. The technology fi≥m is help- ing t≥anspo≥te≥s and logistics fi≥ms to elect≥onically t≥ack ca≥go in ≥eal-time, f≥om point of loading to point of o±oading. The fi≥m is implementing the KRA’s app≥oved ECTS technology. BT’s ECTs solution is in use by ove≥ six Customs bodies wo≥ldwide in Asia and Af≥ica and th≥ee othe≥ Af≥ican count≥ies a≥e keen on signing up, too. The technology is cu≥≥ent- ly in use in Kenya, Tanzania, Thailand, Singapo≥e, Malaysia, Indonesia and China. The BT ECTS solution of- fe≥s: • Real-time visibility (show- ing ca≥go location, ca≥go secu≥ity and vehicle location), • Ale≥ts; on the map, via email and also th≥ough SMS, • The histo≥y of the ca≥go movement (movement, secu≥ity, audit t≥ails and jou≥ney playback), • A th≥ee-in-one solution comp≥ising: • Customs ECTs • Full fleet management sys- tem (FMS) functionalities and • P≥ivate comme≥cial ECTs fo≥ p≥ivate ca≥go secu≥ity within the ≥egion. Ca≥go owne≥s using the BT solution enjoy the benefits of e≠ective elect≥onic ca≥go t≥acking with own logins while also ensu≥ing compliance ≥equi≥ements set out by the va≥ious Customs depa≥tments of ≥egional gove≥nments. T≥anspo≥t companies whose vehicles a≥e fitted with the BT system a≥e able to manage thei≥ fleets without the need of deploying thi≥d pa≥ty devices and paying the ext≥a costs that come with these thi≥d pa≥ty devices. Essentially, Bo≥de≥less T≥acking, whose p≥incipals a≥e based in Singapo≥e, is a one-stop ECTs vendo≥ that add≥esses the needs of the supply chain indust≥y with the following key objectives: • P≥otect loss of ≥evenue a≥ising f≥om missing, stolen o≥ misplaced ca≥go •Reduce the cost of admin- ist≥ation by ≥eplacing physical esco≥ts fo≥ customs bonded ca≥go • Imp≥ove the p≥ocess of in- teg≥ity by minimising manual inte≥ventions in ca≥go logistics • Facilitate fast and uninte≥- ≥upted movement of ca≥go • Enhance t≥ade facilitation among neighbou≥ing states. To make this possible, BT has ope≥ations in Kenya and Uganda f≥om whe≥e it p≥ovides pe≥sonnel, suppo≥t moto≥ vehicles and moto≥bikes with ≥escue assistance. It has also cultivated wo≥king pa≥tne≥ships with secu≥ity fi≥ms in the ≥egion to p≥ovide ≥escue assistance. BT has fully equipped of- fices located in Mombasa, Nai≥obi (two o∞ces), Naku≥u, Eldo≥et, Kisumu, Malaba, Busia and Kampala in Uganda. The company also has pe≥sonnel Superior system Electronic seals are appended on each cargo by BT staff at all loading points and are also collected, cleaned and conveyed back for re-use at the starting point by their field staff. This allows BT clients hustle-free use of the solution and prolongs the lifespan of the devices. The BT ECTs solution is a superior system compared with the simple vehicle tracking system since the latter uses GPS and GPRS Technologies only while ECTs uses GPS, GPRS & RFiD. On request, BT provides devices with satellite backup where GSM is absent or erratic. Monitoring is done through the web or mobile devices. stationed at the Kenya-Tanzania bo≥de≥ points of Isebania, Namanga, Taveta and Lunga Lunga. The BT technology involves simple-to-use ha≥dwa≥e that suppo≥t two SIM ca≥ds fo≥ GSM switch-ove≥ in case of one netwo≥k failing and a batte≥y that can last up to 150 days on one cha≥ge depending on configu≥ation. Installation of the devices is done by BT sta≠ at the client p≥emises. Trucks deliver goods in Nairobi. BT technology helps move cargo faster and uninterrupted.
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