Get to know our new solution partner Sentors in the below interview with founder Sander Maas.
Can you briefly explain what the activities of Sentors are and what your specific expertise in the field of traffic and transport is?
Sentors is a supplier of camera systems which are able to recognize sea containers and are placed at entrances and exits of container transits, depots, factories and shippers/warehouses. Sentors registers all container-related information that is important in the operation and planning of these organizations. This usually starts with the registration of the unique container identification code, but the container type and a dangerous goods indication are also included. The same applies to the license plates of the truck and trailer with which the container is transported, and in case of a train we also register the wagon code. This information is then bundled and forwarded to the planning software in real time.
The benefits of the camera system are time savings, error checks whether the correct container is on the right trailer, and a billing check. The information can also be used as evidence in disputes in the event of container damage. A major advantage of our approach is the modular set-up and flexible deployment. We can already start with one camera and existing infrastructure such as masts can be reused.
We mainly focus on logistics applications, but for multimodal modes of transport (water, rail and road). This means that our applications are also conceivable for traffic and transport, such as measuring how many containers are transported by road or rail or registering the transport of dangerous goods.
How do Sentors and Monotch work together and what is the added value of this collaboration for Sentors?
The added value of working with Monotch is actually twofold for us. On the one hand, it concerns the sector in which Monotch is active. With our products we also see opportunities for applications in the traffic sector and Monotch already provides solutions for accessing traffic data with which municipalities and provinces are familiar. So if we are going to do traffic measurements for road authorities, then we could open this up to Monotch, and Monotch can further enrich this with other data sources, create dashboards on them, and make this data accessible to different users.
On the other hand, it concerns Monotch’s technical platform. Our solutions are aimed at serving one organization that owns the camera system and the site itself. But as soon as this is accessible for multiple users all with different rights and interests, whether or not supplemented with other data sources, you get completely different dynamics and need expertise around data governance. So who can see what, and how do you draw up these data governance rules? Monotch already has a lot of experience with this and has arranged this in their TLEX platform for, among other things, the traffic control systems (TLCs). Both aspects are also reflected in our collaboration in the DALI project at the Port and Industrial Estate of Moerdijk. Here Sentors takes care of the container registration at the entrance and Monotch uses this data and supplements it with other data such as gates and TLCs, and makes this data accessible.
What do you expect from the Monotch partnership?
We have been working together for a year now in the DALI project in Moerdijk and the collaboration already feels familiar. Paul Potters and I have known each other for several years before we started working together, so that also helps. We are now looking at options for further rollout of our joint solutions, especially at the intersection of traffic and logistics. For example in industrial areas, or public traffic applications with a logistics element such as container transport. We are actually complementary to this, both in terms of market focus and in the technical field. I expect this to be applied into more projects in which we will work together in the short term, not only in the Netherlands but also in Belgium, for example.