The Port of Rotterdam Authority has begun trialling new scanning portals developed by Certus Port Automation at the inland Barge Terminal Tilburg.
All trucks arriving at or departing from the facility over the next three months will pass through an optical character recognition (OCR) portal which will scan truck registration numbers and container numbers as well as provide images and time stamps.
The port authority said: “Comparable identification and monitoring systems have been commonplace for some time at the deep sea container terminals in the port of Rotterdam.
“The scanned data are extremely accurate and less manual work is needed at the terminal, which increases the efficiency of the entire logistics chain.”
The port authority is financing the purchase costs of the scanning portal and in exchange will charge a fee for every scanned container that passes through the portal.
Following the three month test period the authority will evaluate its performance and may extend the trial.