Ci5 comes to smartphones with brand new services for road haulers

Published on: 24 September 2019
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A new digital tool for viewing and changing the status of your cargo, even on the move, for faster goods transit! Following on from the initial roll-out of Ci5 in Marseille-Fos Port last October, MGI is now launching a mobile application with brand new services for haulers.

 

All cargo on Ci5, our Cargo intelligent System, can be viewed and tracked within the application in just a few clicks. Users can access their To Do List, with all their urgent tasks, and Ci5 Tracking shows the progress of import and export cargo throughout port transit. Forwarder Release and Customs Release statuses can be directly validated on the mobile app. Haulers can also download the Release Order (which lets them pick up cargo from the terminal) on their smartphone to present it at the terminal.

Tracking and security from empty container pick-up

The application has a Scan function that uses OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology. Haulers can take a photo of the container references (no., size and tare weight) to link them with a Booking (export booking on a vessel) in Ci5. The seal number after stuffing can also be integrated using the same process.

Customs inspectors can also access this function to link the new seal number to the container after on-site checks. All this data can be viewed by authorised Ci5 users, giving them goods tracking higher up the supply chain and greater flow security.

 

 Estimating waiting times – a long-awaited innovation for haulers

The Terminals function for haulers offers a network for sharing information on traffic flows around terminals. Drivers can report and view incidents likely to cause heavy traffic in port areas. They can also estimate their waiting times before and after access to the terminal gates. Transport company operators can access this data and statistics on their tractor units, which helps with decision-making when organising future routing.

All users will be able to view other information in this function, such as access to any webcams installed at the terminal gates and alerts concerning potential closures.

The mobile application has been developed in partnership with mobile technology experts ALTRAN. Needs were collected in multi-profession user workshops and via regular meetings with the FNTR (French National Federation of Road Transport) across France in order to define guidelines. Some haulers also took part in pilot tests.

The mobile version will feature new services from 2020. The app can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store and Google Play.

 

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