Camco to implement rail OCR at Port of Koper

Camco to implement rail OCR at Port of Koper
Port of Koper

Camco Technologies has been awarded the contract to design, install and support rail optical character recognition (OCR) technology at the Port of Koper in Slovenia.

The rail portal, which is equipped with AI-embedded cameras, will feature the automated inventory and registration of container and rail wagon traffic entering or leaving the port.

The cameras are capable of registering container, trailer and rail wagon ID, ISO code, weight info and door direction.

Dedicated engines based on convolutional neural networks and OCR technology immediately start processing after image acquisition and the data is sent to the terminal operating system (TOS), increasing overall terminal efficiency.

Rok Grdina, chief information officer and chief quality officer at the Port of Koper, said: “With the investments under our Strategic Business Plan 2020-2025 strongly focused on adoption of new technologies, Port of Koper will increase capacity and provide efficient, reliable and high-quality services to our partners.”

The port, which aspires to be a leading provider of logistics solutions for central and eastern Europe, has an investment plan that anticipates a capacity of more than 2m teu by 2030. The aim will be to transport 60-70% of cargo to and from the port by rail.

The construction of a second railway track between the inland Divača intermodal terminal and Port of Koper will be operational by 2026.

In the meantime, the existing rail track will be renovated and the company will increase its capacity through organisational as well as IT measures.

Supported by the Interreg Central Europe programme, the Port of Koper is part of the COMODALCE pilot for automated container and rail wagon registration.

The project seeks to increase cooperation and coordination among multimodal freight transport stakeholders in Central Europe, using innovative ICT systems.

As part of one of the COMOLDACE pilot activities, the Port of Koper will provide a tool to streamline and speed-up data exchange. The equipment to be provided by Luka Koper will be intended for the reading of containers and wagons during the railway transport to and from the port.