Business Requirements Specifications (BRS) aims to deliver internationally standardized messaging, in order to enable the use of smart container data.

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Currently, there are no global standards to capture and communicate consistently and multimodally the data they generate. For this reason, the ‘Smart Containers BRS’ project  was launched in October 2017, in order to provide standards for the exchange of data. These aims to ensure interoperability and easy integration within different systems.

More specifically, data will be generated once and then shared between multiple stakeholders, platforms and systems, aspiring to enhance data exchange, automated workflow and alert generation.

What is more, the new standards will be the basis for API development

This technology can be combined with other innovations such as blockchain, big data or data pipelines to provide even more uses in the trading community. In all of these cases, though, we see that creating clear, unambiguous message exchange standards will unlock the further potential of enhanced data

states Jacques Delort, managing director of Traxens.

Moreover, Hanane Becha, innovation & standards senior manager at Traxens, added that due to smart containers standardized messages, the computer representation of the supply chain will become synchronized with the physical world. This will increase the speed and accuracy of decision-making, the automation as part of transport and logistics execution and collaboration between stakeholders.

In addition, improved data will improve visibility and predictability for stakeholders, along with regulatory agencies who need detailed information on consignments before they arrive at the border.