The key factors in the design of the system were automation, security and compliance with ISPS, according to Visy. The company has installed a drive-through Terminal Gate system at the single terminal access lane, which captures high-resolution damage inspection images and performs license plate recognition, container and trailer plate recognition, IMO label recognition and volume measurement for each vehicle movement.
All the captured data and images are transferred via a fibre-optic network to the terminal operating system, where they are verified against the database with booked trailers or containers. When a vehicle is not booked, requires manual handling or is carrying hazardous goods, it is directed to a secondary lane, where details are again automatically checked.
Each of the terminal’s four lanes is equipped with a driver kiosk that has a touch-screen PC, a driver camera, an intercom system and a ticket printer. Printed tickets tell drivers where to go for terminal drops or to collect imported units. Details are again checked on exit from the terminal and, if correct, the terminal gate opens automatically.
“This is the most advanced terminal access control system operating in a ro-to terminal,” said Michel Demeyer, Visy business development manager.