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Support service for COSMOS legacy GPS

June 2014


We are pleased to announce the launch of a new GPS support service for terminals using the COSMOS Terminal Operating System (TOS). The service is aimed at terminals that are finding it is becoming increasingly difficult to find replacement parts, service and support for their present legacy GPS systems.


Many terminals have put major GPS upgrades on hold due to the general economic climate and many of the COSMOS equipped terminals are also pending the COSMOS Suite Redevelopment (CSR) project presently underway. Quite naturally they want to continue to operate without major change to the GPS infrastructure until this is finalised.


Working with COSMOS users, we have engineered a set of low cost replacement components to mount on the Container Handling Equipment (CHE). This approach allows the terminal to continue with their present system but to install a modern fully supported and reliable hardware platform when the legacy system requires service or replacement on a CHE by CHE basis.


Our solution connects to the existing RDT unit in exactly the same way as the legacy system. It is fully compliant with the COSMOS interface specifications including the same cable connections as the legacy system, making it truly swap compatible.


Our solution is based on our the proven G-POS tracking system and as such has many advantages over the legacy systems. As you would expect these include higher levels of position precision and the ability to upgrade with several existing functions that have proven terminal operation productivity benefits.


We offer options for equipment supply and service exchange to allow the type of service that most cost effectively fits in with your terminals needs.

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Updated White Paper page

August 2014


A new White Paper titled ‘Automated Data Capture Systems' has been added.


Allan Jones, Head of Business Development, reviews the use of automated data capture to provide accurate, real-time information to enable the Terminal Operating System to better manage the terminals operations, by making more timely and effective decisions.


See here for more details.


Trailer Positioning System

January 2014


A new page has been created for our new Trailer Positioning System.


Trailer Positioning Systems (also known as Chassis Alignment Systems) can provide substantial reductions in non-productive cycle time but surprisingly many terminals don’t take advantage of such systems.


Our engineers have been implementing these types of systems since 1986. To meet the demands of the next generation of larger, faster and higher Ship-to-Shore cranes, we are pleased to announce a major new upgrade to our Truck Positioning System (TPS).


Our TPS system has been proven in the working terminal environment and provides a strategic advantage by consistently positioning the truck at the right place at the right time, before the spreader arrives. TPS prevents time wasting through shuffling the tractor whilst the Ship-to-Shore crane operator waits for the correct trailer alignment.


TPS provides a simple to use and inexpensive solution to the problem of container / trailer positioning.


Richard Lambert, Managing Director commented “Our recent updates and re-launch of this system are as a result of a study of the current TPS market. We were initially surprised to find that some of the systems were not actively used because their sophistication meant they were too difficult to set up and then maintain operational accuracy in the harsh conditions of a busy terminal. Some of the systems also distracted the truck driver or required the crane operator to input, set and re-set metrics to allow the system to function correctly”. “Our view is different, we believe the operators should be free to concentrate on the business of moving containers and that the system should be simple, reliable, maintainable by the on-site staff and automatic in every way”.


Allan Jones, Head of Business Development added “With ever increasing vessel sizes and crane height, productivity of moves over the quay is of greater concern for terminal operators, which is driving a growing need for this type of system. Increasing pressures on the terminal staff to improve productivity means you don’t have the luxury of tweaking and constantly adjusting the systems. They should just work, and continue to work reliably with minimal intervention”.


“As part of our upgrade we decided to continue with the well proven reliability our system offers, and ensure the system was easy to maintain and simple to use. Our focus was to modernise the functionality for dual container handling and the utilisation of green low energy technology. This allows us to provide TPS at a much lower cost than most other systems in the market and make it very easy to justify the ROI business case”


See here for more details.




Terex Straddle Carriers fitted with G-POS

September 2013


Another four brand new additions to the Straddle Carrier fleet at Peel Ports Royal Seaforth Container Terminal in Liverpool have been fitted with G-POS.


ITS closely co-operated with the Straddle Carrier manufacturer Noell Mobile Systems (a division of TEREX based in Germany), to ensure that G-POS would be delivered at the same time as the Straddle Carriers ensuring a smooth and swift transition from site erection to operation. ITS were delighted, but not surprised, to be complimented on their professional installation and workmanship by TEREX.


G-POS is a Real Time Location System including automated "Job Steps" requiring no operator input, next move container size (to allow the spreader to be pre-set before arriving at the pick-up location), security card driver authentication and a host of other features.


A case study of the efficiency gains G-POS has had on operations at Peel Ports and the full functionality of G-POS can be viewed here.


Key operational data such as fuel level, engine alarms, emergency stop operation, running hours and tip over alarms are captured automatically and sent to E-SMART.



Events update

2 July 2013


We have had a successful TOC Europe 2013 in Rotterdam and look forward to seeing you at TOC Europe 2014, this time in London.

See the events page for details.



Datasheet update

7 June 2013


The E-SMART datasheet has been updated to reflect the increase in available functionality. See here for details.


ITS selected by UK Trade and Investment to participate in:

THE UK PORTS SECTOR, A Showcase of World Class Expertise

30 May 2013


We are pleased to announce our participation in an initiative by UK Trade and Investment (UK T&I) to showcase the world class expertise of the UK’s Ports Sector. This initiative includes best of breed UK suppliers to this sector and focuses on the key players in each business category.


“For over 20 years our products and solutions have been exported to ports and terminal customers around the world, we are proud to have been selected to be part of an initiative representing the UK Ports Sector” said Richard Lambert, Managing Director. “We have a particularly long and successful association with APMT Algeciras and for this reason UK T&I have included us in their showcase describing the results we achieved there”.


UK T&I have prepared a comprehensive brochure detailing the initiative, we are included in the section describing the Software and Solution Providers to the Ports Sector and full details will be found on page 72 of the brochure.


The brochure can be viewed on our Case Studies page.



White papers added

5 April 2013


Two new documents have been added to the White Papers page. See here for details.

E-SMART introduces proactive safety analyticals

April 2013


International Terminal Solutions are pleased to announce the launch of a new Straddle Carrier operational safety module.


The module is a further expansion of the E-SMART management tool providing an instant visualisation of the plant and equipment operated across the port. This new module is different to most other safety related systems as it is designed to identify issues and trends before an accident occurs. This philosophy allows the management to take proactive remedial action based on unequivocal facts and thus avoids all the post-accident complications associated with serious and potentially fatal incidents.


The new module allows management to identify areas of the yard where the layout or inadequate yard maintenance may cause Straddle Carrier instability, and is able to quantify this in easily understood screens. It will identify individual Straddle Carriers with poor stability performance, and provides KPI data about an individual operators safe operational performance, highlighting those demonstrating the highest risk before the operator is involved in an accident.


Early indications from trial sites are showing great results, with the terminals pre-emptively tackling issues head on and being able to solve them at a much earlier stage.


Allan Jones, Head of Business Development at ITS commented “it is gratifying to see how quickly potential risks were exposed. For forward thinking terminals we are helping them to avoid accidents in areas where the risk was previously difficult to quantify and are also highlighting previously unidentified potential hazards. With clear information at their fingertips it is very quick and easy for management to see the issues, as it takes only a glance using the E-SMART KPI tools and on screen graphs and charts to clearly identify areas for concern. The system is making a real contribution to employee welfare and minimising operational disruptions caused by accidents.”


Within this release of E-SMART are other safety monitoring features such as Emergency Stop and fire detection alerts. This new version follows on from the recent upgrade earlier this year with additional general engineering/operational parameters such as live monitoring of fuel levels, engine status and fault monitoring.




Port of Liverpool scoops award

November 2012


We are proud to learn that ITS customer, The Port of Liverpool, has been awarded Port Authority Of The Year at the global Containerisation International Awards 2012.


The Port beat highly commended entries from other major worldwide ports including Los Angeles, Antwerp and Valencia. The judges cited the Port of Liverpool’s “heavy investment” and “progressive and innovative approach”.


Part of The Port of Liverpool's ambitious development plans has seen a major Terminal Operating System upgrade and the installation of G-POS on its fleet of 40 Straddle Carriers.


G-POS is a Real Time Location System including "Automated Job Stepping" requiring no input from the Straddle Carrier operator, next move container size alert (to allow the spreader to be pre-set before arriving at the pick-up location), security card operator authentication and a host of other features.


The implementation has seen major improvements in equipment utilisation, system reliability and gate/truck turn around times. A case study of the efficiency gains G-POS has had on operations at the Port of Liverpool and the full functionality of G-POS can be viewed here.










Terex Straddle Carriers fitted with G-POS

August 2012


Five brand new additions to the Straddle Carrier fleet at Peel Ports Royal Seaforth Container Terminal in Liverpool have been fitted with G-POS.


ITS closely co-operated with the Straddle Carrier manufacturer Terex - Noell Mobile Systems, to ensure that G-POS would be delivered at the same time as the Straddle Carriers ensuring a smooth and swift transition from site erection to operation.


G-POS is a Real Time Location System including automated "Job Steps" requiring no operator input, next move container size (to allow the spreader to be pre-set before arriving at the pick-up location), security card driver authentication and a host of other features.


A case study of the efficiency gains G-POS has had on operations at Peel Ports and the full functionality of G-POS can be viewed here.





ITS appoints Head of Business Development

March 2012


We are pleased to announce that Allan Jones has joined the team as Head of Business Development. In this new role Allan will spearhead the business development strategy for the company and help expand an already successful base of customers in the maritime and logistics industries.


Allan has extensive experience in the maritime and logistics technology sector, backed up by a successful track record in previous senior roles working, with an international base of maritime customers. “Having worked with Allan on previous high profile projects, we have first-hand experience of his capabilities. His approach and integrity in the way he works with customers is completely in tune with the way we work and makes him a natural for this important new role” said Richard Lambert, Managing Director.


In taking up this role Allan comments “I am joining ITS at an exciting time with the planned release of the next generation of the E-SMART asset management system and the next generation TRUCK-ID project going into its final stage of site beta testing. The TRUCK-ID project has been developed to provide an industry leading RFID automated truck identification system in terms of both technology and return on investment (ROI)”. Allan went on to say “In previous roles I partnered with ITS in a number of successful customer projects. They were always highly innovative in their approach and great at delivering the goods. I am delighted to be working as a key part of the ITS team and look forward to helping them grow their customer base.”


Allan joins us as preparations are underway to take part in Multimodal and TOC Europe during May and June this year and looks forward to meeting customers at these two premier events for marine and logistics businesses.

ITS celebrates 10 Years of independent operation

January 2012


Formed in 2002 by a management buyout ITS celebrates its 10th year of independent operation in 2012.


The business was originally formed in 1988 as the Container Yard Control Systems (CYCS) arm of Morris Cranes UK and subsequently became Morris Port Automation. In 2002 the business was bought by the present management.


"Over the years we have completed work in many major terminals across Asia, the Americas, and Europe" commented Richard Lambert, Managing Director. "We have a very long history in the industry with many of our staff undertaking some of the early pioneering in Port Automation in the 1980s with some of the first Auto steering RTGs, Automated RMGs and in the early 90's Automated RTG systems".


Our background and experience have allowed us to innovate without compromising reliability; in fact our latest systems like G-POS are operating in excess of 99.98% availability with pin point accuracy, and E-SMART is helping the terminals to increase the operational uptime of the container handling equipment (CHE).


We are very proud of our heritage and achievements over the last 10 years and have several innovations in the pipe line for the next few years to come.



E-SMART just got fully mobile

December 2011


The E-SMART system developed for Terminal operations by UK based International Terminal Solutions Ltd (ITS) is presently completing a GPRS mobile GSM beta phase test live at the port of Liverpool UK. E-SMART provides immediate visualisation of equipment status and plant faults. The system uses large clear icons on a full screen display allowing the supervisory staff to quickly identify any issues resulting in remedial action without delay or confusion. E-SMART also provides statistics for KPIs such as, equipment availability and outages, and can be used to trend and identify repeat issues and monitor performance. Management dashboards are provided allowing key staff and managers across the terminal to view the live status of the equipment and the equipment history.


Richard Lambert, Managing Director, International Terminal Solutions commented "E-SMART provides terrific benefits and rapid return on investment in the stand alone server based format, however some of our customers want to go one step further with reporting directly from the mobile equipment. Previously these customers running the E-SMART remote communication module were limited to the areas covered by a WiFi network. Now with the GPRS module the system can run in wider sites or across sites were the customer has multiple operations or sites. Liverpool is an ideal Port for us to test the GPRS module because as well as operating in the container terminal, several of the cargo handling vehicles operate in the 1,200 acres of operational docks and outside the coverage of the container terminal WiFi network"


E-SMART provides a good platform to share information between the operations and maintenance functions allowing the operations staff to see at a glance what equipment can be used for operations, and when additional equipment is available following service work.


Richard Lambert went on to say "This GPRS communication module is just one of many planned stages on our E-SMART development. It will allow a broader range of Port operations to have full visibility of their equipment's live operational status".



Liebherr Straddle Carriers installed with G-POS

July 2011


Systems provided by ITS have been installed on Liebherr's new 1 over 3 Straddle Carriers at the Peel Ports Terminal in Liverpool.


The Straddle Carrier is a new product line for Liebherr, an established supplier of container handling equipment. The new Carrier is a low maintenance design to provide maximum equipment utilisation and the implementation of the G-POS and E-SMART systems on the carrier will help the terminal ensure the carriers operation is optimised.


As well as G-POS providing full GPS tracking the systems implemented include keyless "Job steps", driver notification of container size to allow the spreader to be pre-set before arriving at the pick-up location and security card driver authentication.


E-SMART live at Liverpool

June 2011


The terminal management are using E-SMART (Equipment - Status Monitoring & Automated Reports Transfer) system for the Straddle Carrier operation at the Royal Seaforth Container terminal to alert them when the equipment has broken down, show them what the fault is, when it is being repaired, and when it is available for operation again. The system also shows scheduled maintenance and accidental damage.


E-SMART is used by the maintenance team to alert them of equipment faults, allowing them to automatically keep the management team informed of the status.


E-SMART also reports the equipment as operational again once repaired. It is also used by the operations team to see the equipment availability in real time and when equipment is ready for operation again following an outage.



DCT Gdansk Smart Visualisation

May 2011


E-SMART the plant and equipment visualisation management tool provided by UK based International Terminal Solutions Ltd (ITS), recently went live at the DCT Gdansk terminal in Poland.


DCT Gdansk operates over 100 items of container handling equipment including reach stackers, empty handlers, STS and RTG cranes and trucks. The E-SMART system provides immediate visualisation of equipment status and plant faults using large clear icons allowing the terminal to quickly identify any issues for rapid remedial action.


Boris Wenzel, DCT CEO says "DCT is a rapidly growing terminal. The deployment of E class vessels on the Maersk Line AE10 string to Gdansk since May 2011 has been another important step in DCT's development. More intensive operations on E class vessels also mean we need the most efficient solutions to ensure the most optimal deployment of equipment and minimize downtime."


E-SMART also provides statistics for KPIs such as, equipment availability and outages, and can be used to trend and identify repeat issues and monitor performance. Management dashboards are provided allowing key staff and managers across the terminal to view the live status of the equipment and the equipment history.


"It is crucial for us to provide the highest quality of our services" says Jedrzej Mierzewski, DCT Chief Operations Officer. "As a company which is developing constantly, we need solutions that optimise our operational equipment effectiveness. E-SMART provides a good platform to share information between the operations and maintenance functions, and clearly allows the operations staff to see what equipment is available to them and when equipment is available following service work."


Richard Lambert, Managing Director of ITS commented "we are very pleased to work with DCT Gdansk. They are a forward looking, proactive organisation that recognises the major benefits that can be achieved by integrating technology within the operational environment. We only launched E-SMART on our web site PortAutomation.com in March this year, and DCT Gdansk represents our third implementation this year, and we are naturally very pleased they selected E-SMART for their terminal".

New RDT system goes live in Genoa, Italy

February 2011


An ITS yard wide RDT system and middleware solution recently went live at the Ignazio Messina Terminal, Genoa, Italy, along with the new Terminal Operating System, Jade Master Terminal (JMT).


This year the Messina Terminal expects to handle more than 250,000 twenty foot equivalent units, 126,000 linear metres of vehicles, and around 50,000 tonnes of general cargo with volumes expected to increase. Captain Adriano Spotti, Operations Manager Ignazio Messina, said the go-live was achieved with minimal impact on operations and no adverse effects on local traffic and businesses.


The ITS Middleware is a flexible system that allows multi-connectivity between mobile equipment and various management systems and at Genoa is connected to JMT via XML, and the ITS E-SMART system.


A case study can be viewed here.


Messina Lines opts for ITS E-SMART operational status tools

November 2010


Messina Lines is a long established RO-RO operator based in the historic shipping port of Genoa, Italy. They have selected ITS to provide its latest E-SMART operational status tools.


E-SMART provides remote access for management and key terminal personnel. From their desktops they can view the terminal status in real-time with live information and also access details on equipment history. The maintenance department can easily see the instant an equipment repair request is received and also the active status of the ongoing work. Once complete, operations can see that the equipment is once again available for work.


Phase II MDHC Goes Live

September 2010


ITS have successfully implemented the G-POS Container handling equipment GPS system across the full fleet of Straddle Carriers at Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, Liverpool.


As part of the Phase II upgrade all the Straddle Carriers have been installed with D-MON driver identification and authorisation system. The system links into the G-POS GPS system and reads the drivers ISPS security card to check identity and authorisation to drive the equipment. If the driver is a valid user the system will automatically log him on to the Terminal Operating System (TOS) which is Navis SPARCS. If he is not an authorised driver the equipment will not be permitted to move. The system provides keyless log on for the equipment drivers, and security and safety for the terminal operations.


MDHC Installs ITS G-POS system

June 2010


Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, Liverpool, England, have gone live with the first phase implementation of the ITS G-POS system.


The contract to replace the existing Savcor One system was secured by ITS by demonstrating high levels of service, reliable technology, and track record. The installation on the initial 14 Straddle Carriers included GPS tracking and operator touch displays in the driver’s cabs.


The installation also utilises the ITS middleware platform to connect to Zebra Enterprise Solutions (ZES) SPARCS TOS system and connects to the site wide WiFi network to monitor and direct all equipment and container movements. The implementation of the G-POS system has already seen major improvements in equipment utilisation; system reliability and gate/truck turn around times.


Phase 1 of the MDHC programme is the beginning of a rolling implementation programme expected to see major improvements in customer service levels and resource utilisation.


4 x G-POS RTG systems go live

February 2010


ITS have completed the implementation of 4 G-POS GPS based systems for Maersk Espana.

The systems include:


- ITS radio data network to provide the yard operators with an automated link to the management systems.


- GPS equipment tracking and container position determination to allow the most efficient targeting of work instructions and confirmation of grounding positions.


- Equipment/operator security. Machine readable ID cards authorise operators to use equipment and access data. Equipment is prevented from operating without the correct driver for that shift.


- Equipment maintenance logger. Provides a data link to the terminals ERP system to automatically generate work orders, and to operations to provide an automated overview of the operational status of the equipment in real-time.


Messina Lines selects ITS middleware as part of home terminal expansion plans

October 2009


As part of a planned upgrade programme of their main hub terminal, Messina Lines have selected ITS to provide a yard wide RDT system and middleware solution.


The ITS solution provides the port with a strategic platform for expansion. ITS Middleware is a flexible system that allows multi-connectivity between mobile equipment and various management systems in the form of various client and server connections and also serial data connections.


Messina Lines had well defined key objectives these were to fully utilise and optimise the features in the new terminal operation system Jade Master Terminal, to have live monitoring of the operation, easy to use mobile systems and reliable resilient wireless communications. A key feature of the ITS middleware is its ability to connect to clients using XML protocols to allow modern TOS systems to communicate efficiently and also utilise a range of wireless communication methods to the mobile equipment including WiFi, WLAN, and Narrowband.


At Messina Lines the internal trucks enter the Roll-on/Roll-off (RORO) vessels and limited locations in the yard exist for WiFi Access Points. Messina Lines utilise the Narrowband radio option to allow the full functionality of the TOS systems and reliability of wireless communications that could be achieved otherwise. The implementation selected by Messina Lines has given them reliability without sacrificing functionality and an ideal platform for future expansion.

ITS provides live operational container weights for Container RORO operation

October 2009


As part of an integrated yard wide solution ITS are providing live operational container weighing data for an Italian RORO Terminal Operator.


The terminal serves the European and African markets and sometimes find that the declared weights are not as accurate as they should be. In order to ensure optimum cargo loading and vessel stability ITS have provided an additional module within its mobile computer application.


Upon the lift of a container the TOS system is informed and if requested the container is actually weighed whilst on the spreader and the data transmitted to the TOS. If the weight is outside its weight classification it is re-planned to a different location.

ITS launches new Midi G-POS controller for GPS tracking

August 2009


ITS announce the expansion of the G-POS range of industrial strength PCs. The ITS G-POS range are specially designed for installation on mobile equipment for asset and product track, trace, and monitoring purposes and come with a range of wireless connectivity options. The G-POS equipment is primarily used in container handling operations for installation on the mobile handling equipment. The expansion of the G-POS range allow the installation of the ITS suite of container handling optimisation systems on all types of handling equipment such as STS, RMG, RTG cranes; Straddle Carriers, Reach Stackers, Top Loaders, Empty Handlers and IMV truck heads. ITS have already had significant interest in the developments from several forward looking container terminals.

Maersk Espana implements International Terminal Solutions "Safe Zone" system

July 2009


Whilst planning a berth reorganisation requiring the movement of some STS cranes for larger vessels, it became apparent that the extended back reach provided by the larger cranes was a potential safety risk to the yard crane operation.


The terminal chose to implement the ITS "Safe Zone" control software on all the RTG yard cranes to allow the berth to be optimised and remove the risk of an RTG to STS spreader collision. The ITS "Safe Zone" system is a software application that uses the existing GPS equipment installed on the RTG and allows the terminal to set up safe zones where the system will not allow the driver to drive the crane. The system can be configured for any area and differently on different equipment should the operating characteristics allow some to operate where others may not.


"Safe Zone" is also provided with a supervisory override facility and offers a very cost effective solution at around $100 USD per crane.

Maersk Espana liked the optimisation and ordered a further 2 STS crane systems

March 2009


The Spanish terminal have ordered a further 2 ITS equipment status monitoring, security access control and container load/ discharge work terminals. The front end users log-on with their security access cards providing the operational management and maintenance with an instant overview of the operational status of the equipment.


Included in the package is the ITS Quay control system connecting to Navis SPARCS via XML and providing a display of the load and discharge moves.


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Updated website

October 2014


If you have visited our websites www.portautomation.com or www.terminalsolutions.co.uk before, you’ll have noticed that we’ve had a make over.

A new fresh style has been applied, contents updated and new contents added.


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GPSlite

June 2015


GPSlite is a tracking system for Straddle Carriers connected to the COSMOS Terminal Operating System.


GPSlite has been implemented at APM Terminals Rotterdam, who operate over 70 Straddle Carriers to manage import/export, transhipment and hinterland services, and are replacing an existing unsupported GPS system.


To ensure GPSlite was rolled out smoothly and provided the reliability and accuracy expected by their clients, they initially undertook extensive tests on two Straddle Carriers. Following the success of these tests, GPSlite is now being rolled out to the remainder of the Straddle Carrier fleet.


For COSMOS users, GPSlite connects to the existing Radio Data Terminal (RDT) on each Straddle Carrier in exactly the same way as the legacy system being replaced. It is fully compliant with the COSMOS interface specifications and even uses the same cable connections to make the system truly swap compatible.

GPSlite

Terex Straddle Carriers fitted with G-POS

August 2015


Ten more Straddle Carriers were recently fitted with G-POS at Peel Ports Royal Seaforth Container Terminal in Liverpool.


ITS closely co-operated with Straddle Carrier manufacturer Terex Port Solutions (Wuerzburg, Germany) to ensure that G-POS would be handed over at the same time ensuring a smooth and swift transition from site erection, commissioning, hand-over and being added to the operational fleet.


G-POS is a Real Time Location System including automated "Job Steps" requiring no operator input, next move container size (to allow the spreader to be pre-set before arriving at the pick-up location), security card driver authentication and a host of other features. The Terminal Operating System is Navis N4.


A case study of the efficiency gains G-POS has had on operations at Peel Ports and the full functionality of G-POS can be viewed here.


Key operational data such as fuel level, engine alarms, emergency stop operation, running hours and tip over alarms are captured automatically and sent to E-SMART.



Automatic Truck Identification

April 2016


Our client is implementing a new semi-automated container terminal featuring Automatic Stacker Cranes. The positive identification of the actual container under the crane is not possible. Automated stacking areas are not safely accessible for yard checking, therefore it is essential that the correct container is lifted by the automated crane.


The implementation of TRUCK-ID will automatically identify the truck and report this allowing the association and identification of the actual container under the crane. TRUCK-ID is an automatic truck identification system incorporating RFID technology. This site wide implementation incorporates both internal and external trucks being fitted with transponders. The transponders are read and automatically reported to the Terminal Planning System as the trucks arrive at key points - Customs, Pre-Gate, Gate, Stack lane entry, at Automatic Stacker Crane, Stack lane exit and Gate out.


Transponders mounted on the trucks are a low cost, zero maintenance, passive type - they are powered from the RFID reader radio frequency transmission, not batteries. These are important factors when the total number of external trucks registered to use the terminal is expected to exceed 10,000.