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Re: Watch Out for Lost Containers!
The problem with not affiing devices to all 17 milliuon containers, is that those containers are constantly moving. If you put tags on just the outside containers, now you've got to generate a manifest, send workers into the yards, manually affix them and test them, and eventually? You're going to add a boatload of hand labor in the yards, and still wind up tagging ALL the containers because everntually, they'll all be outboard containers.
Get 'em down to one chip, one battery, integrated antenna, hard shell...you might get them down to five bucks a piece, installed. Time 17 million cubes. Call it an even hundred million dollars. And the question remains, will that save someone any money? Insurers and shippers won't even discuss what the numbers are.
And then, after the hundred million in tags (which would probably be much higher for "milspec" durable tags) you'd still need to maintain a tracking system to monitor them. And if a tag failed--now you'd be liable for the consequences. Ah, wait, the insurers can sell liability insurance for that, now they can be motivated!