A technological innovation at the PSA SECH terminal once again demonstrates the PSA group’s commitment to combining environmental sustainability with operational efficiency. This is the new OCR portal which, positioned on the terminal’s access ramp, makes it possible to speed up the trucks’ entrance, automating a series of procedural requirements.
Equipped with cameras and sensors, the portal captures a series of basic data from the vehicles in transit, such as license plate, container number and the ISO code. This information – which the system associates with the data sent from the transport company or carriers via the E-Port system, together with the “passage notification” and the truck driver’s personal data taken from his personal badge – is sent to the three automatic totems present in the respective lanes of the gate. Here, the driver and the vehicle are recognised and the operation is taken over by the system. The drivers can resolve any possible anomalies with the assistance of the personnel in the Help Desk office.
Immediately before the OCR portal there is a smaller “control portal”, which limits the passage of out of gauge containers to those with maximum projections of 5.50 m in height and 3.30 m in width. Containers that are any larger must enter the terminal using the designated vehicle entrance.
The results of this process of automation are significant, both from an operational point of view and that of sustainability. In fact, the inbound trucks spend much less time standing in lane, about one minute compared to the two-three minutes of the old manual system, with positive results for reductions in consumption and improving safety and environmental impact.