Open Interfaces: Standardizing Terminal Automation



Timo Lehto, Director, Software Development, Automation; Jari Hämäläinen, Director of Terminal Automation; Heimo Poutanen, Product Manager, TLS Automation at Kalmar


Across the globe, container terminal automation is advancing rapidly. Automation, including the insights learned from the data it produces, is almost universally recognized as the future of improved container handling productivity, safety and business performance. However, when compared with other fields (such as the automotive manufacturing or process industries), automation in the container handling business is still in its relative infancy. This has meant that until recently, most terminal automation systems have been based on extensive integration of various subsystems and solutions, rather than conceived as complete end-to-end automation systems such as those in other industries. 

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