Securing and Tracking Train Cargo in Kenya

Rail freights trains have as many as 100 containers for storing cargo, so it is often used to transport tons of cargo over long distances, making it very cost effective for long-distance freight.

However, the long transport routes make it easy to lose cargo and make the workflow difficult to manage once the train stops in several areas for loading and unloading. Therefore, it is necessary to take certain protection and management measures for train containers.

Customer Needs
“To prevent cargo loss, we need to strictly manage the unlocking and locking authority, so that unauthorized personnel have no access to containers.”

“As a manager of a logistics company, we need to supervise the loading and unloading of cargo in real time. Only when the train arrives at a specific location, the warehouse manager is allowed to open the container. Visualization of the workflow is necessary for us in order to prevent any accidents in the cargo,” said a logistics company manager.

The Solution from Vanma
Vanma’s goal is to prevent unauthorized access to cargo. Management software can authorize Vanma keys to gain access to specific containers, and only assigned warehouse managers have permission to use the keys to open locks.

Temporary access can be granted. When a train arrives at a destination, warehouse managers can request temporary access. When the phone is connected to the key via Bluetooth and the logistics manager can see the geographic location of unlocking and locking.

Complete audit reports can be generated. The person in charge can see all the records of lock opening and closing for easy management. In case of accidents such as lost goods, The responsibility can be tracked effectively.

Why Choose Vanma Lock System?
“You know, actually the smart locks with power have more popularization. And we originally wanted to use an smart electronic lock to manage our process. But when we understand the Vanma lock system, we changed our minds. Vanma Lock System helps to reduce long-term costs. By using Vanma lock system, we save the long-term cost of electrical and manual wiring,” the manager stated. “We applied 1500 locks and 30 keys, and warehouse manager could access all the container with one key in permission without worry of unconvenience of power outage. And we can tracking the data like smart lock system, it also simplifies management process. Vanma provide all services we need. Thier technical department modified the software according to our needs for geolocation and guided the operation. Their timely and effective response made our project go very smoothly.”


10 June 2023: DFW Airport, Fort Worth, Texas

WNBA star Brittney Griner, recently freed from detainment in Russia, was harassed by a man described as a social media “provocateur” at a Dallas airport. Griner was at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport traveling with teammates on their way to a game. Griner was yelled at by the man who was remarking about “the Merchant of Death.” The confrontation got heated eventually leading to the man being tackled and law enforcement becoming involved. Griner subsequently called for more security for players and an announcement was eventually made that she would be traveling on private jets for the remainder of the season.


14 April 2023: Spy Balloon Update

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25 March 2023: Gulf of Guinea

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18 April 2023: Across the U.S.

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20 April 2023: Orlando, Florida

A passenger upset over a baby’s extended period of crying let out an outburst of his own on a Southwest Airlines flight. The man threw a fit that forced police to meet the plane when it landed. After the baby had been crying for an extended period of time, the man demanded flight attendants do something about it and began yelling. A video posted to social media shot by a passenger on the plane, shows the flight attendant telling the adult male passenger, “Sir, you are yelling,” and saying, “It’s a baby,’ in response to the man demanding that the baby be made to be quiet. The flight was diverted to Orlando, Florida, but was originally set to go to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The man was met at the gate by airport police.


10 May 2023: Atlanta, Georgia

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23 May 2023: Uruguay

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22 March 2023: San Francisco

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