Container terminal at the Port of Koper

Rail OCR solution by Camco Technologies to increase container traffic at Port of Koper

2021/04/23 at 10:52 AM

Camco Technologies, the Belgian IT company focused on terminal automation, will deploy its Rail OCR solution at the Port of Koper, the largest container harbour in the Northern Adriatic. The innovative technology will allow the port operator to increase container and wagon traffic.

Port of Koper has an ambitious target to reach the capacity of more than 2 million TEU by 2030 and increase rail’s share in transporting freight to or from the port up to 60 or even 70 per cent. To this end, Luka Koper, d. d., an operator of the Slovenian port, has awarded Camco Technologies with a contract to design, install and support a digital solution for the automatic registration of containers and wagons entering or leaving the port.

“Digital transformation is entering the logistics industry through the front door and the Port of Koper is embracing this evolution. We are delighted to have been selected as the automation partner in this ambitious project, we are convinced our solutions will help the Port of Koper to increase cost efficiency through automation”, said Jan Bossens, CEO of the Belgian engineering company that is an expert in developing automatic solutions for rail and maritime terminals.

Rail OCR technology

Camco Technologies will provide its Rail OCR portal for the automatic inventory and registration of all containers and rail wagons entering or leaving the Port of Koper. The Camco Technologies rail portal is equipped with AI embedded cameras, capable of registering container, trailer and rail wagon ID, ISO code, weight info and door direction.

Dedicated engines based on convolutional neural networks and OCR technology immediately start processing after image acquisition. The data is sent to the Terminal Operating System increasing overall terminal efficiency. Camco Technologies Rail OCR has been implemented in more than 100 intermodal terminals.

Rail OCR solution by Camco Technologies, source: Hupac
Rail OCR solution by Camco Technologies, source: Hupac


The deal between the Port of Koper and Camco Technologies is supported by the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme since the Slovenian harbour is a part of the COMODALCE pilot project, which is dedicated to automated container and rail wagon registration. The project also seeks to increase cooperation and coordination among multimodal freight transport stakeholders in Central Europe, using innovative ICT systems.

As part of one of the COMOLDACE pilot activities, the Port of Koper will provide a tool to streamline and speed up data exchange. The equipment to be provided by Luka Koper, d. d. will be intended for reading containers and wagons during the railway transport from and to the port. Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE co-funds 85 per cent of the pilot activities through the COMODALCE project.

“With the investments under our Strategic Business Plan 2020-2025 strongly focused on the adoption of new technologies, the Port of Koper will increase capacity and provide efficient, reliable and high-quality services to our partners. We are convinced Camco Technologies will help us in achieving this goal on the way to digital transformation”, noted Rok Grdina, CIO & CQO of the Port of Koper.

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