ZOCA Container Security BV has developed an innovative approach to preventing unauthorized opening of shipping containers, a serious problem in today’s shipping industry. The ZOCA approach taps Iridium satellite data
links to control the containers’ locking devices remotely.
The ZOCA system consists of a strong mechanical tamper-proof lock, which can only be operated with a ZOCA handheld mobile device
. In order to lock or unlock the container, the handheld instrument must be plugged into a connection on the outside of the container. The control unit sends a security code for the lock to a central computer at ZOCA’s global processing center through Iridium’s constellation of 66 low-earth orbiting satellites.
The central computer confirms the correct security code. It then checks the GPS location of the container to ensure it is in the proper location and transmits a signal that permits the container to be unlocked.
Jaap van den Hoek, director of ZOCA Container Security, said, “Worldwide smuggling enterprises have become increasingly sophisticated. The ZOCA system effectively combats thefts by organized criminals as well as pilferage by employees and cargo handlers.”
“The container can only be opened with the handheld control unit when the container is at its correct location, such as a terminal,” added van den Hoek. “The system also records the date, time and location whenever the container is unlocked, making it easy to track down any incidents of unauthorized openings.”
Don Thoma, executive vice president of Iridium Satellite, said, “ZOCA’s unique solution for preventing thefts from containers is a good example of how Iridium’s global coverage and reliable data communication connections can be leveraged to solve specific problems for the shipping industry.”