Container Terminal Tracks Cranes via RFID

By Doug

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A container facility at one Eastern European port authority has deployed an automated solution for managing the movements of containers onto and off of vessels that includes radio frequency identification. The system employs multiple identification technologies to identify containers and terminal tractors, and thereby better manage vessel loading and unloading processes. Based, in part, on cameras and optical character recognition software, the solution utilizes passive ultrahigh-frequency RFID technology to identify a particular terminal tractor and determine if that vehicle is in the proper position under the gantry crane for loading or unloading containers. The system has made damage inspection automatic, thereby providing evidence of any container damage. Hear how the firm expects that the technology will enable a reduction in the number of employees required for operations, thereby lowering labor costs.