Dubai-headquartered port operator DP World has introduced automated gates at its terminal in Nhava Sheva International Gateway Terminal (NSIGT) at Jawaharlal Nehru Port, India.
The introduction of the new gates, which are powered by Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, represents the first time automated gates are operational in the country’s port industry.
The project, which will allow single transactions to be established in less than three seconds, will result in a significantly faster gate turnaround time at NSIGT, from the current five minutes to less than sixty seconds.
According to the operator, the new gates are set to enhance operational efficiency and productivity, as well as ensure seamless movement of cargo by eliminating man and machine interface.
Anil Singh, senior vice president and managing director of DP World Subcontinent, said: “With NSIGT Automated Gates we will be unfolding a new chapter in India’s ports sector.
“The futuristic technology launched to provide smart trade solutions for our customers, to facilitate the ease of doing business and to benefit the port community and the trade at large.”
A company statement noted: “This new technology will permit quick truck turnaround time and alleviate delays, elimination of manual interface and introduction of digital process creates a paperless transaction and readily retrievable data on demand.”
The terminal currently features remote-operated quay cranes able to handle large vessels, with electrical rubber-tyred gantry cranes (ERTGs) being deployed in the container yard.