International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) is partnering up with Intelligent E-Processes Technologies Corp. (IETC) to enable a more efficient process for trucks at the Port of Manila.
IECT is a subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation that manages Autosweep RFID.
The partnership will reportedly enable RFID scanners at the terminal gates to read Autosweep tags and match the trucks’ plate numbers to achieve faster gate access and process.
IETC is deploying personnel at MICT for May to offer free Autosweep tag installation for trucks transacting at the terminal.
The enrolment also enables customers to immediately use RFID lanes at SMC-operated toll roads, namely the South Luzon Expressway, Skyway, NAIA Expressway, Southern Tagalog Arterial Road Tollway and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway for faster travel time, ICTSI reported.
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According to the company, the terminal’s technology investments over the years have made operations more efficient, and during the pandemic, shielded MICT from supply chain disruptions and allowed it to continue operating 24/7 to ensure the free flow of critical supplies.
“Our investment in RFID technology is part of our constant effort to optimise the flow of cargo to and from the terminal,” said Reynaldo Mark Cruz Jr., MICT Information Technology Systems and Services Director.
“Over the years, one of the challenges we experienced with our automated gates is the low success rate of our license plate recognition cameras due to the poor condition of the plates mounted on some trucks.
“There were even trucks that just use laminated paper to display their MV file numbers. Using Autosweep’s RFID tags as a second alternative to identifying trucks addresses this problem and speeds up our gate operations.”
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Earlier this month, ICTSI reported that it handled a container throughput of 3.1 million TEU in Q1 2023, 9 per cent more than the 2.8 million TEU handled in the same period in 2022.