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New intermodal hub in Hungary chooses Camco as automation partner

New intermodal hub in Hungary chooses Camco as automation partner
Operations are scheduled for the first quarter of 2022

New intermodal logistics hub East-West Gate Terminal Hungary (EWG) has selected Camco Technologies as its partner for a gate automation and camera system for vehicle and container tracking.

Camco will deliver the gate access automation as well as optical character recognition (OCR) for rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes, rail-mounted gantry (RMG) cranes and rail at the terminal, which is located on the Ukrainian and Hungarian border.

Based on this technology, terminal management will be able to connect with customers online in real-time, monitoring and tracking the position of containers and trucks in transit as well.

EWG will be the continent’s first land-based intermodal combi terminal using its own 5G network. Operations are scheduled for the first quarter of 2022.

János Tálosi, CEO East-West Gate, stated: “Being the first intermodal terminal using its own 5G network for operation and with Camco Automation Technology providing key-data to our operational management, we will be able to connect with customers online in real-time, monitoring and tracking the position of containers and trucks in transit as well.”

The terminal will be the meeting point of the Russian wide-gauge and the European narrow-gauge railways in Hungary, serving as the western gateway to the New Silk Road.

It offers a faster alternative route to Central and Southeast Europe for freight traffic from Asia compared to the current route predominantly run via Poland.

With an area of 85 ha in size, the terminal has a storage capacity of 15,000 teu of loaded and/or empty containers at a time while it will also be able to store 500 teu of refrigerated containers.

It is also SEVESO compliant, making it possible to reload and store a significant amount of gas containers and containers with dangerous goods. The theoretical capacity of the terminal is 1m teu per year.

Jan Bossens, CEO Camco Technologies, said: “We are grateful being able to join EWG in this unique greenfield automation journey. We are convinced it will help EWG to attract new customers as there is no doubt the project will also become a lighthouse project for us, showcasing our automation expertise in Europe.”

An in- and outbound truck OCR portal will register all truck, semi-trailer and container traffic to and from the terminal. The OCR data will be validated at four incoming and three outgoing truck lanes, equipped with kiosk and traffic control systems.

A Camco vehicle booking system will enable upfront registering of container drop-off and pick-up, speeding the gate process and improving truck-turnaround. The technology company will also provide its gate operation system, which integrates with the EWG terminal operating system (TOS).

The terminal has three crane areas with rail tracks of 850 m, suitable for serving full length trains. The cranes will also be capable of handling 45 ft containers and cranable semi-trailers.

For keeping track of containers and semi-trailers during stacking and train loading operations, Camco provides crane OCR for one double cantilever and for two single cantilever ARMGs as well as an OCR camera system for one RTG.

The crane OCR system, connected to the crane PLC, will register every container move between the wide-gauge and the narrow-gauge train and every container transfer from rail to stack and truck.

Apart from container railcar of semi-trailer data, the camera system also provides clear pictures for damage recording and better claims management.

To allow EWG to register all incoming and outgoing train wagons and containers, Camco will provide two rail OCR portals the entry and exit rail tracks of the terminal. With the rail photo gate, it will be possible to automatically provide inventories of complete trains.