Future Check in - No PIN required

Future Check in - No PIN required

While working as an international truck driver in the European Union, I visited many countries,

I delivered goods from Spain to Poland, Italy to Great Britain, and France to Slovakia. I had loading and unloading in small shops, hypermarkets, large distribution centers, intermodal terminals, customs agencies, factories, airports, land, and seaports; despite not knowing most of the European Union languages, registration (check-in) of the car entry or exit was in several places truck with no problem compared to other drivers who do not speak a foreign language.


The truck driver registration process

Usually, registration takes place at the office in the security building, but this is not a golden rule. I know from experience that the registration process can take 60 minutes. The driver has to fill out forms in a foreign language and show documents such as a driving license, permits for transporting dangerous goods, European license, trailer registration certificate, etc. Some time ago, I had a customs clearance in one of the customs in northern Germany; the clerk did not want to check me in because his handwritten documents had different reference numbers from mine in the electronic pdf document - all the "1" figures were written as "7" at the customs. Reference number validation is a matter for the freight forwarder, not the truck driver. Reference number validation is a topic for a separate blog post. We now look at the supply chain perspective. A container from Asia enters the European port, for the container to be delivered, for example, to the center of Paris or Frankfurt to the Expo fair, three check-in criteria must be met as quickly as possible:

  1. Secure Container Release
  2. Secure Document Workflow
  3. Chainwise Collaboration

1. The port terminal operator must be sure that only an authorized driver will collect the container
2. Customs documents of container collection by the port operator will be sent automatically, eliminating bureaucracy and stamps.
3. Collaboration between supply chain partners based on sharing transfer data is working efficiently.

Intercontinental sea forwarding orders freight for forwarding in the country where the land forwarding is located. This is where the steps in the supply chain begin—sending documents, emails, invoices. The container was removed from the ship and loaded onto the train, and delivered to the inter-modal terminal 200 km from the seaport. The order is received by another shipping company and hires a subcontractor - a transport company that sends the driver to the intermodal terminal to collect the container. A businessman from Asia is waiting for the container in a massive expo center. Several links in the supply chain are involved. Each party must have constant access to information where the container is located to predict when it can be delivered and whether it will be delivered on time. After successful unloading, the empty container will be dropped off at the container terminal, and the freight chain ends there.

During the 3-hour waiting for a container in one of the European ports, I started using the bank's mobile application in which I have an account. When clicking on the user interface, I asked myself why I could transfer from account to account in a truck in a few seconds, and I could not pick up the container assigned to me for collection yesterday, over 24 years ago?


Answer it - an outdated check-in system.

While surfing the internet and looking for answers to my questions, I came across the website of the T-mining company from Antwerp, Belgium. It is a company that can test the SCR system - Secure Container Release. The system is being tested in Rotterdam, Antwerp, and Singapore.

The text below is a Quote from the Port of Rotterdam website.


No PIN required

Drivers who plan to collect a specific container at the terminal need to have a valid pick-up right. A shipping company issues this authorization. The freight forwarder subsequently orders a transport firm to retrieve the container at the terminal. The pick-up right is confirmed to the airport using a PIN code in the existing arrangement. This procedure requires a range of manual actions from several different parties. Any hitches or errors in the release process can lead to a waste of time, complaints, and aggravation among clients and partners, as well as possible opportunities for fraud. The application tested in this trial could replace PIN-based authorization altogether.


Safety throughout the chain

The current pilot project will be testing how best to improve the safety of the container release process throughout the chain, from the shipping company to the end-user. The application is based on blockchain technology. In terms of safety, it can be compared with banking applications – ensuring that the data involved remains exceptionally secure.


Passing the baton

During the pilot project, the pick-up rights for the import of containers will be converted from a PIN code into a digital token with a blockchain-based application. You could compare it to a relay race: the ticket is a kind of digital baton that smoothly passes from one party to the next. Blockchain technology prevents this authorization from being stolen or copied along the way. This makes the release process safer for everyone in the chain involved in the process.


End of quotes...

Future Check-In Sooner as you think

The future registration process is registration without a PIN, VRID, REFERENCE. The data will be validated automatically and provided by infrastructure components without the truck driver's knowledge, as is the case at sea terminals where the containers are picked up by robot trucks.

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