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Nicom Builds Enhanced Container Tracking Web App

Earlier in the year, Nicom put into production for the Port of Halifax an “Enhanced Container Tracking” web application, which answers the question definitively, “Where is my container?”. That seems to be a simple enough question, but if the answer is “over there, see, under that stack of other containers,” then that doesn’t do you much good.

Or if the answer is “right here, see, but it’s being held up by customs,” that’s no good either.

What’s needed is a place where people can see not only where their containers are, but also when they’ll be ready for pickup, and what’s their status in terms of held and released.

That is what the system—part of the Halifax Gets it There portal, also built by Nicom—will do. After a container has arrived in Halifax, every phase of its journey is tracked—it’s been taken off the vessel, it’s now on a rail car, it’s left the terminal, etc. See http://halifaxgetsitthere.com/en/shipping-tools/EnhancedContainerTracking/ContainerQuery.aspx.

In order to be able to do its job, the portal takes feeds from many sources and generates a schedule. Users can register to the system and get notices via text or email whenever the status of a container they are interested in changes.

What’s next? Nicom is now doing a design for an “Operational Dashboard”, which will make other logistics information more visible. Stay tuned.

New Director at Nicom Maritime

I am delighted to announce that we have hired Ralph Desveaux as Director of Business Development for Nicom Maritime. Ralph is a veteran of the IT industry, with past experience in exporting software solutions throughout the world.

Nicom Maritime is a division of Nicom IT Solutions that provides professional advisory services and software products to the seaport industry. We help our clients identify their business needs and recommend technology solutions that streamline communication processes, improve efficiencies and reduce operational costs.

Ralph’s extensive experience and business acumen is a welcome addition to Nicom’s team.

 

 

 

Thank Goodness for Skype

One thing we’re hoping for in 2015 is to grow our logistics software business beyond North America. There are certainly enough inquiries coming in – the trick is how to capitalize on them. In the past two months alone, we’ve been talking to people in East Africa, West Africa, Middle East, Europe, and India, all places we’re interested in doing business with. The Trade Commissioner Services of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development are working with us with “feet on the ground” advice wherever possible.

One of these days, we’re going to have to start taking trips to some of these places. In the meanwhile, Skype seems to be the answer. Early morning calls for us, late afternoon calls for them.

Exciting times.

Nicom Maritime secures Virginia contract

Forwarding an article from the local paper…

January 9, 2012 – 6:58pm By BILL POWER Business Reporter [the Chronicle Herald, Halifax Nova Scotia]

A contract for logistics software will allow Nicom Maritime, a division of Nicom IT Solutions Inc., of Halifax, to help officials at Virginia International Terminals in Norfolk track one of North America’s busiest flows of containers, partner Pat d’Entremont said Monday.

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New Work Coming from Philadelphia to Nicom Maritime

Congratulations to Mike Hatfield and Ken Acker for bringing in some new business from the Maritime Exchange in Philadelphia.

This new piece of work has to do with changes that the United States Customs and Border Protection arm of Homeland Security is implementing to their standards for receiving cargo manifest information.

Known as ACE M1, these changes allow CBP to place and remove holds against bills of lading, specific containers, or entire manifests, as related to ocean and rail cargo. The system that Nicom Maritime modernized for the Maritime Exchange will therefore need to be modified to incorporate these changes.

This will mean shuffling of resources for us, but those are the kinds of problems we like to be working on!

Well done guys!

Pat