Ovinto Belgium

The SaMoLoSa project aims at demonstrating a monitoring service for critical parameters during transports carrying hazardous goods in unpowered transport assets such as rail tank cars and intermodal tank containers. After identifying stakeholder needs, the monitoring device is configured for the required parameters and a software platform is developed to provide an answer to these specific needs.

The collected data of the assets whereabouts and vital parameter status provides large amounts of information that can be exploited for optimising business logistics and identifying areas for improvement in the supply chain, both in historic analysis and in real time.

Another goal of the project is the reduction of risk, so an automated risk analysis tool is developed to assess the risk per trajectory as well as a digitized EU railmap.

Next to all of the above, the SaMoLoSa project aims to offer a new commercial model towards the different stakeholders, minimizing the ‘entry barrier’ and costs regarding these monitoring services while maximizing their return and profit for all implied stakeholders.


Product Benefits

The SaMoLoSa service allows to locate and monitor defined parameters of extremely hazardous goods transports. Such reliable monitoring allows different stakeholders to have the latest information on the state of the transport to intervene if alarm levels are passed and generally increases the safety of extremely hazardous goods transports. Operators will be able to select the route representing the minimal risk and will monitor the state of their assets through measured key parameters at any given moment on the trajectory. The hazardous goods transport of containers is not limited to rail, as it the devices are also installed on tank containers.

Combining logistics optimisation and safety monitoring with a digital rail map in a new commercial service model, tailor made to the specific requirements of all stakeholders is unique and impossible to be offered by competitors using traditional technology.


Product Features

The Ovinto Sat Monitoring technology is able to measure and monitor multiple parameters every few minutes, transmitting all data every two hours or even more frequent, for at least 4 years or more without having to change or recharge batteries, regardless the location on the globe and regardless the most extreme environmental conditions. On top of this unique combination, the technology is certified to function in direct contact with the most explosive goods existing on Earth.


User Needs

The transport of dangerous goods is mostly executed via rail or boat to reduce the risk of incidents on the road.

These transport assets don’t have a proprietary power source causing major problems to:

  • determine the location of the transport assets
  • register critical data such as mileage, temperature, pressure, shocks, leakages...
  • get notified when critical parameters change during transport


End users and other stakeholders in the transport of dangerous goods via unpowered transport assets (emergency services, logistic operators...) want to be kept informed about the overall status during the transport and they want to be alarmed when specific critical parameters exceed predefined limits (e.g. temperature, pressure, shocks....), in ‘real time’, worldwide.


Service Concept

To be able to provide this service, we need to measure and register these vital parameters on the unpowered asset, interpret the data and communicate these values and alarms from all over the world to customers and users all over the world.


So in short the Ovinto Sat Monitoring Service provides:

  • Monitoring equipment, connected to the necessary measurement sensors, on the unpowered transport assets,
  • Monitoring, registering and the communication of all relevant data,
  • The interpretation of all data according to the wishes of the customer and present these data in the format desired by the customer, provided as Data as a Service


Space Added Value

Unpowered assets such as train wagons are hard to monitor in real time using GSM technology due to its relatively high power consumption, the lack of global coverage as well as not being adapted for use in very explosive surroundings. Satellite technology is able to solve this, and Ovinto battery optimization allows for a unit working long enough to be useful for the users.

GNSS is a cheap, universal way to locate assets everywhere on the globe.


Target Users

  1. The (petro-)chemical & gas industry as hazardous & dangerous goods transporter, for optimisation of security, know the whereabouts of their hazardous transports as well their condition
  2. Their respective logistics departments , in order to reduce operating costs.
  3. The leasing companies as a basis for invoicing and preventive maintenance
  4. Producers of tank containers & tank rail cars who could supply their products with integrated monitoring devices.
  5. Professional interest organizations (Cefic, ITCO, Essenscia, …) who play a role in regulating the sector
  6. Insurance companies
  7. Government in close cooperation with the civil service, fire brigade, SAR, …
  8. Satellite communication providers


Project Plan

• To involve users from the chemical sector and to analyse the stakeholder requirements and user needs based on user scenarios.

• To design a system and service architecture based on these needs and requirements and a state of the art analysis.

• To show to the users the principle implementation of at least the core services and to demonstrate their functionalities.

• To fine-tune of the proposed services and the related system design to the proceeding insights of the end-users.


Current Status

The demonstration project was kicked off, user requirements collected:

  • the SaMoLoSa users have validated the user requirements document
  • the services are currently under development for user verification starting in 2016