DMICDC Logistics Data Services (DLDS), a joint
venture between Government of India represented by National Industrial Corridor
Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT) and Japanese IT major NEC
Corporation, has announced the launch of the Pan-India operation of its
Logistics Databank (LDB) Service.
LDB Service is a one-of-its-kind
Indo-Japanese technology partnership that provides easy-access single window
digital visibility solution to streamline container logistics operations. After
successful implementation at ports in the Western Corridor including JNPT,
India’s biggest port, the service is now being expanded to three ports in
Southern Corridor —Krishnapatnam, Kattuppalli and Ennore— and a new terminal of
JNPT, Bharat Mumbai Container Terminal Private Limited.
Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Commerce and
Industry, announced the nationwide rollout of LDB recently at a ceremony
attended by dignitaries including, Gopal Krishna, Secretary, Ministry of
Shipping; Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary- Department of Industry Policy and
Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry and Chairman, NICDIT; CR
Chaudhary, Minister of State for Commerce & Industry and Consumer Affairs,
Food and Public Distribution; and Kenji Hiramatsu, the Ambassador of Japan.
At the ceremony, agreements were signed
to extend the service to Krishnapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, and Kattuppalli and
Ennore ports in Tamil Nadu and another terminal in Mumbai region.
This brings total number of ports where
LDB is operational to six; four terminals at the JNPT were the first to pilot
the scheme and it was launched at 5 port terminals in Mundra and Hazira under
Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) in Gujarat in May this year,
bringing nearly 90 percent of the traffic along the Western Corridor and 70
percent of the total container volume of the country under one tracking system.
LDB is an IoT, BigData and Cloud based
solution implemented by DLDS. It uses RFID technology to provide near real-time
visibility of container movement in the western corridor. The LDB provides
users a single window interface to check the location of the container along
its entire journey, from ports to Internal Container Depots (ICDs) and Container
Freight Stations (CFSs), with complete trace back information on intermediate
points crossed and time taken.
The web-based interface enables search
from any location and any device, and it sends SMS / email alerts to track
priority containers and inform users of any delay. The Android version of the
LDB for smartphones has also been unveiled. Since its launch in July 2016, the
LDB has provided visibility to 5.5 million EXIM containers along the western
An analysis by the DLDS shows that when
compared to June this year, the lead time for truck routes has improved by
25-27 percent. LDB provides detailed analysis of dwell time, average delivery
time, efficiency of different port operators, CFSs / ICDs and Toll Plazas that
are helping identify bottlenecks across the supply chain.
Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and
Industry, welcomed the pan-India launch of LDB, in view of the data-driven
future of the economy. “Data is going to be invaluable to economic activity in
the coming years; and projects like LDB that collect, process and convert data
into value-added service areimportant for our future growth,” he said.
He also hailed the strengthening
Indo-Japanese economic ties, especially in large-scale infrastructure projects
such as the DMIC, and proposed setting up of an exclusive industrial zone for
Japanese companies in India with infrastructure and amenities catering to their
The LDB is being implemented with the
support of the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Railways and Ministry of
Shipping, Road Transport & Highways.
The Japanese government has also been
helping with the promotion of LDB as part of its larger partnerships across the
DMIC. It was one of the projects reviewed in the summit meeting of the Prime
Ministers of India and Japan in September 2017.
Kenji Hiramatsu said that Japanese
investments in India have increased significantly in the past two years and the
number of Japanese companies setting up shop in India has also risen steadily
with strong bilateral and economic ties shaping up. “As the first
commercialized project under DMIC,we expect LDB to help cut down transportation
delays and make India an attractive destination for Japanese companies,” he
DMICDC now plans to extend the tracking
services for the Bulk Cargo.