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Ports Automation: Ordering Data Chaos

Marine and intermodal terminals around the world are seeking automated container handling solutions at an increased rate. There is no shortage of automated equipment solutions – from quayside gantry cranes to container yard rail-mounted gantry cranes, shuttle carriers, automated guided vehicles and more. The individual system solutions for terminal operations are embedded with complex logic ensuring optimization of equipment usage, yard space, vessel productivity, gate productivity and rail productivity all in the safest manner.

Many terminals are now in the process of introducing advanced and innovative technology to optimize their physical operations. Greenfield terminals especially are tendering this to reduce operational costs and provide an increased level of service to its customers. Typically, the focus is on proven technology for OCR, RFID, and positioning and introduction of touch screen-equipped pedestals at truck lanes. However, there is a big challenge for all IT departments: how to design a solid manageable solution, integrated with the Terminal Operating System (TOS)…

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Meta Rotenberg, VP Marketing and Business Development, Hi-Tech Solutions, Rishon Le-Zion, Israel
Edition: Edition 51

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