Service summary
RETRIEVE is a service that identifies and tracks goods all over the world. It is the first solution to leverage Earth observation as a logistics tool that is fully independent of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) – of which the number of global devices is estimated to increase from EUR 3.6 up to 7 billion by 2019, according to the GNSS Market Report – and mobile radio. RETRIEVE enables freight forwarders to monitor their entire fleets and even find lost or stolen assets. Invisible, low-cost ID tags that require no power are fully integrated into the surface of goods. This “identity by design” function is detected remotely by radar satellites, to cross-check the position of goods against other sources. RETRIEVE also maps containers, freight liners, trailers and premium cars to help find them within remarkably short time while saving transportation costs and insurance fees. Fresh satellite data is used for change tracking across countries and entire continents to secure supply chains, prevent delays and keep unique valuables safe.

Customer Benefit
RETRIEVE helps to identify, track and recover vehicles or goods. This benefits carriers and vehicle owners by significantly reducing their losses and insurance costs. Both charterers and freight forwarders profit from the fresh data this new secure transport service provides.

The Expertise
«RETRIEVE is an innovative service that combines state-of-the-art technologies on the ground (radar retro-reflectors) with Sentinel-1 images and near-real-time image processors. It can provide tremendous benefits to users, including in finding stolen cars and lost containers and monitoring valuable goods in transit.»

Christiane Hohmeister
Policy Officer
German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure


Company info
Hartmut Runge and Team
German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany