Guardfreight International


Andrew Harrison
Director of
Guardfreight International

Andrew Harrison, of Guardfreight International, has created a new satellite-tracked lock or cargo shipments. It is hoped that the “E-Containerlock” will help to prevent £70 billion worth of cargo from going missing every year.


Andrew Harrison came to the NTAILS project and described his concern that E-Containerlocks may not get returned after shipment containers have reached their destination. He asked if a QR code could be used to increase the chances of them being returned, potentially from somewhere on the other side of the world.

The NTAILS team gave me great insight into the options available to me and through that confirmed that the use of QR codes was most suitable for my application. Suggestions were also put forward as to how best to utilise, create and manage the QR codesfor my specific application.


The project team provided Andrew with a much deeper understanding of QR codes and also compared their suitability against other forms of automatic identifi cation technology. In particular, they described the various factors that can stop a QR code from getting successfully read and what can be done to improve the read rate. They also described how the contents of the QR code can be programmed to connect to a central database providing port authority staff with information on how to correctly return the E-Containerlock.


Andrew Harrison took the team’s ideas on board. He is currently promoting the E-Containerlock and can be seen in several newspaper articles and television news reports. Each of these E-Containerlocks contains a prominent QR code both on the front and back.

About the Consultant:

Matthew Smith is a Technology Consultant in IT Futures.  He has more than five years’ experience in ICT involvement with industry and the SME community. Matt currently works on the NTAILS Project providing technical advice, guidance and support. IT Futures is based at the University of Wolverhampton and brings together the expertise of the University’s School of Technology to businesses across the West Midlands Region.

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