Houston expands gate automation with APS technology

Houston expands gate automation with APS technology

Expanding on the six existing lanes of Gate OCR installed at Bayport in 2010, PHA will add six additional portals to process entering trucks. The system automatically identifies containers, chassis, and license plates associated with the equipment.

The APS Gate OCR solution will be integrated with the Navis N4 gate system to enable the automatic gate processing functions without human interaction. Since implementing APS at the six existing lanes in 2010, PHA has transformed the gate into a free-flowing process with processing taking around half the time it did prior to gate automation. No queuing led to a 48% reduction in truck idling, dramatically reducing emissions.

PHA faces a special challenge in that a high percentage of the trailers that carry containers through the terminal are not marked with an ISO standard stencil. APS will provide 2D optical tags for identification and its patented MatchMaker™ tractor identification solution to automatically associate containers to the trailer or other container transport vehicles.