Specifically, the goal of the container is to measure changes in parameters like vibration, slope, position, sound, local air pollution, humidity and temperature.

The first stop will be in Munich, Germany in early June.


Container 42 will provide an insight into the challenges a container faces during its transport and logistics, and will play a role into the development of the 'digital twin' for the port; A digital representation of the physical port area.

The project is based on the port's Internet of Things platform, which is used to collect and process data provided from sensors installed through the port area. By the IoT platform users have the chance to be informed on water and air quality.

Moreover, prior to beginning its journey, Container 42 will be presented during Transport Logistic 2019 in Munich.

Container 42 is a collaboration amongst Port of Rotterdam Authority, IBM, Cisco, Esri, Axians, Intel, HyET Solar, Van Donge & de Roo, Awake.ai, Betta Batteries, Simwave, Advanced Mobility Services, Kalmar and Shipping Technology.

Concluding, the smart container is a step closer to the port's aspiration on accommodating shipping in its port area.