Using high-resolution 12K cameras, duisport and Vitronic have created a waterside optical character recognition (OCR) system that has been successfully tested on two cranes.
With a recognition rate of nearly 100% while loading and unloading an inland vessel, the "Rivergate," which was created in 15 months, is a sustainable solution that digitally saves the container ID and compares it with the loading list in a matter of seconds.
"When unloading containers, crane operators rarely have the chance to check their condition. Once set down, the loading unit as flawless, even if it was already damaged. Thanks to Rivergate, we can now prove the condition of the containers and track their whereabouts in the Terminal gapless document", says Prof. Thomas Schlipköther, duisport Board Member for Technology and Operations, who has long been committed to digitalizing port terminals and has started a number of projects to realize this aim.
"With the Rivergate solution, VITRONIC is opening up a new business field. We already use the technology in other application areas, such as toll collection or the identification of parcels. We are now using this expertise to further advance digitalization in freight transport as well," reports Daniel Scholz-Stein, CEO of VITRONIC.
Since the spreader can no longer be unlocked in instances of so-called "mispicking," it is possible to prevent erroneous loading when used in conjunction with the crane management system (CMS) of the business POLO KNOW-HOW.
The technology can simultaneously check the integrity of the customs seal and identify any damage to the container. This solution would enhance current workflows in daily operations and progress the digitalization of the biggest inland port in the world.
A crane at the Duisburg Trimodal Terminal (D3T) at log port I in Duisburg-Rheinhausen and a crane at the GWW terminal at log port II in Duisburg-Hochfeld will initially use Rivergate. Even at night and in inclement weather, installation of the specifically constructed camera systems provides effective and transparent condition documentation and recording in real-time.
The technology captures high-resolution photographs of the loading unit's state as the container passes the crane bridge. The Crane Management System (CMS) and the Terminal Operation System are quickly able to access the data thanks to several specifically built algorithms operating in the background (TOS). The container number can be compared to the loading list to avoid improper loading.
A new long-term cooperation with an emphasis on sustainability, ports, and multimodal projects was inked by duisport and the Port of Antwerp-Bruges in September.
The agreement's main objective is to increase collaboration in the fields of port infrastructure, rail and hinterland linkages, and energy transition.
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