NEW DELHI : 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 Terminals 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.
Gopal Krishna, Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, said one of the priorities of the Government is to transform existing ports and benchmark them to the best in the world. Port-led development, as envisaged under the Sagarmala project, highway development through the Bharat Mala mission, the development of nearly 34 logistics parks across the Country, combined with initiatives such as the LDB will have a transformational impact on the India’s goals with regard to Ease of Doing Business, manufacturing and exports, he said.
“Perhaps the greatest success of LDB has been in creating a single, easily accessible platform to streamline Multi-Modal operations, and this has been realized with support of various Ministries,” said Ramesh Abhishek.
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.
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 are important for our future growth,” he said.